Featured Speaker: Suganthi Simon
HOPE and The Gathering Spot present Navigating a New Atlanta — a quarterly series and new space for intergenerational dialogue, thought leadership, and action around socio-economic issues tied to Atlanta’s progress.
Suganthi Simon is the Westside Program Officer for The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. Under the Westside Neighborhood Prosperity Fund, she is responsible for working with residents and partners to leverage resources, and programs that positively develop people and places in Atlanta’s Historic Westside Neighborhoods. In this role, she helps manage the implementation of collaborative strategies in health, economic inclusion safety and security, and civic empowerment and engagement. The Foundation’s place-based efforts are focused on breaking the bonds of intergenerational poverty, building community and enhancing quality of life for Westside residents.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Simon was the Special Assistant to the Deputy Regional Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Atlanta, GA. Suganthi served in various other roles with the EPA during her 14-year public service career with a focus on environmental evaluation, green building, sustainable communities and development, and environmental justice Suganthi stays connected with her environmental passions by serving as Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials in Atlanta. She has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Wellesley College, and received her master’s degree in Industrial Environmental Management from Yale University.