In less than three years, Parker has transformed MARTA from a dysfunctional organization headed toward privatization into a well-run transit system that has fixed its budget woes and expanded into Clayton County.
The private Woodruff Foundation is by far the most generous nonprofit patron in Georgia. Foundation president Hardin controls nearly $3 billion in assets that bolster the region’s most vital public institutions.
Georgia Tech’s 11th president oversees 21,500 students and $730 million in research expenditures—for which he is the highest-paid public college president in Georgia, with an annual salary of just over $1 million.
As senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the rousing orator preaches from the pulpit the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. once occupied and holds an influential position in one of Atlanta’s most important black churches.
For the past decade, Flanagan has run Atlanta-based money management firm Invesco. With more than 6,000 employees, Flanagan’s operation last year oversaw nearly $800 billion in assets for clients in more than 150 different countries
McMurry started at the Georgia Department of Transportation as an engineering trainee in 1990. His climb culminated this past January when he was elected commissioner, in charge of the department’s 4,100 employees and $2 billion budget.