Piedmont Park Conservancy Welcomes New Board Members

ATLANTA, GA, January 16, 2020. The Piedmont Park Conservancy welcomes three new members to their board of directors: Ambrish Baisiwala, CEO & Chairman of Portman Holdings; Douglas A.P. Hamilton, Co-Founder/Managing Partner of Hamilton Investment; and Pat Upshaw-Monteith, CEO of Leadership Atlanta.

Ambrish Baisiwala
CEO & Chairman, Portman Holdings

Ambrish brings over 26 years of global professional experience and strong corporate strategy and property development skills.

Prior to joining Portman, he was Development Director of ALDAR Properties PJSC in Abu Dhabi, UAE, where he was responsible for a development portfolio in excess of $20 billion. Earlier in his career, he was Development Manager for the Greater Union Organization for the Middle East and India. Ambrish has worked in the USA, China, India, the Middle East, South East Asia and Australia, across a broad spectrum of property types & responsibilities.

Mr. Baisiwala has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) degree from the University of Rajasthan, India, and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School, Australia. He is active in the community and participates on the boards of Central Atlanta Progress, Midtown Alliance, Atlanta Police Foundation, Leadership Atlanta, and the Atlanta Beltline Partnership.


Douglas A.P. Hamilton
Co-Founder/Managing Partner, Hamilton Investment

Doug spent the first 11 years of his career as an operating company executive rising through sales and marketing roles to become the CEO of a diversified manufacturing company. Over the last 35 years, he has made more than 50 investments ranging from start-ups to leveraged buyouts in both the US and Europe.

Doug grew up in Milwaukee Wisconsin & received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina and completed the PMD graduate program at the Harvard Business School.  He currently lives in Ansley Park with his wife Judy and has previously lived Geneva, London, New York City, and New Preston, Ct.

Doug has served on the following philanthropic boards: Alumni board University School of Milwaukee, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, SE US Selection board Fulbright Scholarship, Vice chair Museum of the City of New York, Cooper Union College NYC and the Association Board New Milford Hospital, Ct.


Pat Upshaw-Monteith
CEO of Leadership Atlanta

Pat Upshaw-Monteith has been with Leadership Atlanta for 27 years and served as its CEO for 14 years.  She has actively participated in the present and future growth of Atlanta by imparting to new generations of leaders the legacy of values that have traditionally been central to Metro Atlanta’s success.

Prior to heading up Leadership Atlanta, Pat served as Associate General Manager of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for 13 years where she produced the Orchestra’s successful “Pops” series at Chastain Park and directed their educational programs including the ASO’s Youth Orchestra.

Pat serves on the Board of Commissioners of DeKalb County, has served on the MARTA board and the DeKalb County Dept. of Family & Children Services (DFACS).  She is appointed to the Board of the Rotary Club of Atlanta and on the boards of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), Private Bank of Buckhead and Salvation Army.  In addition, she serves on the Metro Atlanta Chamber Board of Directors, the Grady Foundation Board of Visitors, the University of Georgia’s Board of Visitors and Emory University’s Center for Ethics Board.  She has been widely honored for her achievements and was featured in the edition of Who’s Who in Black Atlanta, recognized as an Unsung Hero by the Coalition of 100 Black Women, and inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers in 1999.

Ms. Upshaw-Monteith earned a Master’s degree from Bowling Green State University and a bachelor’s degree from Albany State University.


The Conservancy looks forward to building upon their vast knowledge and individual skill sets in order to advance its mission to enhance and preserve Piedmont Park and all of its natural beauty.




The Piedmont Park Conservancy is a member and donor funded nonprofit organization working in partnership with the City of Atlanta to maintain and enhance historic Piedmont Park. Founded in 1989, the Conservancy raises over $3 million each year to enhance and maintain the park. Today, the Conservancy manages over 90% of the overall maintenance and security of Piedmont Park.

Contact: Amy Han Risher
Director of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations
Piedmont Park Conservancy
E: arisher@piedmontpark.org
P: (404) 480-3758

Winter Works (Video)

Winter is the Conservancy’s time to shine! From restoring playgrounds and historical buildings to planting trees and raking leaves (so many leaves…), the Piedmont Park Conservancy is as busy as ever.

The winter months are crucial to building the foundation of a healthy park that leads to a beautiful spring, summer and fall to be enjoyed by all visitors.

“We are a 365 days a year Park.”

See what members of the Piedmont Park Conservancy operations team had to say about maintaining the Park in the winter.

Year-round support from park passionate individuals is essential to help us achieve our mission of keeping Piedmont Park clean, green, safe and active.

Behind the Stalls: Celebrating Lorenzo’s 20th Anniversary

“Watch your step,” he warned as a team member was walking down the stairs, leading to the freshly mopped floors.

Lorenzo was in the middle of doing his daily clean up. After taking out the trash, mopping the floors and cleaning all the bathrooms in Piedmont Park, he was only halfway done with his job for the day.

“In a way, Lorenzo touches everybody, because the bathrooms are the first thing people look for when they come to the Park,” Terrell Henderson, Piedmont Park Conservancy’s Director of Special Events and Outreach said. “We always get compliments on how good the bathrooms are for a public park.”

Twenty years ago, Lorenzo was working for the City of Atlanta as a professional landscaper when he met Chris Nelson, the former COO of the Conservancy.

“It seemed like a nice organization,” Lorenzo recalled. “Chris said, ‘work with us.’ I told him, ‘Give me two more weeks, and I’ll be there.”

It has been history ever since. Now Lorenzo continues to do his favorite work, maintaining the park and making it “real clean” through landscaping and cleaning all the bathrooms in the Park, which he does every day.

After his clean up, he joins the other landscapers and helps with tasks such as raking the leaves, changing the doggy bags, or picking up litter in places that most people rarely pay attention. Driving in the golf cart, he always waves hello to passersby and asks them how they are doing.

“I like to see the outside, the Park beautified, the change in colors, the butterflies, birds and nice people coming through the Park,” Lorenzo said.

lorenzo holding card

A Christmas Card from Lorenzo’s Favorite Person from the Park

As one of the longest working employees of the Conservancy, Lorenzo was able to witness how the Park has improved over the years alongside him. Lorenzo hopes to continue to see improvements in the Park and believes that he will work at the Conservancy until he retires.

“I just like being here.”

The Conservancy is thankful for Lorenzo continuing service at the Park and are looking forward to seeing him for hopefully another 20 years. Thank you, Lorenzo!

Author: Jessica Vue

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