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.

 

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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

Aerial View Active Oval

The Piedmont Park Conservancy Receives $100,000 Grant from The Home Depot Foundation

The Home Depot Foundation renews its commitment to Piedmont Park and the Active Oval

ATLANTA, GA, December 31, 2019 – This December, the Piedmont Park Conservancy received a $100,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation (THDF), a renewal of a 16 year commitment to Piedmont Park. THDF renewed its support of the Active Oval, a vast landscape designed to bring recreation and people together through the power of play.

In addition to being the one of the oldest landmarks in Piedmont Park, the Active Oval is one of the most frequented areas with over 350,000 users annually. On any given day, you can find individuals, their families and intramural sports teams engaging in healthy and active play.

The Active Oval at Piedmont Park is currently managed by one landscaper, whose job ranges from turf and drainage management to general repairs. As the only full-time landscaper responsible for all aspects of care within this area, duties include mulching, mowing, weeding, pruning, watering- all types of clean-up, from garbage to keeping the pathways clean and ensuring the equipment located in the area is in good condition. Funding from THDF supports the upkeep of the area and ensures the enhancement of quality of life for its users.

“The Home Depot Foundation is one of the Conservancy’s longest standing and most generous supporters,” says Mark Banta. “Between their skilled team members volunteering in Piedmont Park to financial support and access to critical goods and services, the Foundation is an invaluable partner.”

The Home Depot Foundation partners with national and local nonprofit organizations across the United States to make a difference in the lives of our country’s heroes and to support communities in need. The Piedmont Park Conservancy is a recipient of THDF Hometown Giving Program for Outdoor Spaces.

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The Piedmont Park Conservancy is a member and donor funded nonprofit 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

 

Aerial View Active Oval

Active Oval in Piedmont Park

 

Landscapers with Home Depot Bags

The Home Depot Foundation Provides Gift Cards to the Piedmont Park Conservancy as Part of the Grant