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Generation Green Board

Brent Beatty (Board President) is Vice President, Digital Marketing at Mountain View Group, a creative communications agency, where he works with clients like Coca-Cola and GE on content marketing and strategic storytelling.  He's been actively involved with several marketing and environmental organizations like American Marketing Association, Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and Georgia Organics. This is Brent's fourth year serving on the Gen Green board.  He's proud to be serving as president this year where he's looking to lead ambitious goals to broaden the reach and effectiveness of the organization. For fun, Brent enjoys anything active and outdoors - hiking, camping, kayaking, yoga. On weekends, you can find him running with his dog on the Beltline or catching a show at Variety Playhouse.

Chelsea Arkin is the Sustainability Coordinator for Energy Ace, a single-source, full service, sustainability consulting division of Merrick & Company, where she works directly with projects seeking green building certification.  Chelsea previously oversaw all data and evaluation efforts for the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative's Baltimore site and also worked for Enterprise Community Partners' Enterprise Green Communities in Baltimore. Chelsea graduated with honors from Bryn Mawr College and earned master's degrees in both City and Regional Planning and Public Policy from Georgia Tech. An Atlanta native, Chelsea is thrilled to be back in Atlanta, where she enjoys participating in community projects, discovering local music, and riding her scooter around town.

Brooke Beadle currently works in the sustainability department for Novelis, the world’s leading roller and recycler of aluminum. She manages various internal and external sustainability projects such as the company’s annual sustainability report. She is originally from Atlanta, but prior to moving back she lived and worked in a variety of states and countries, including Wyoming, France, South Carolina, Oregon and Spain. She has an international MBA from the University of South Carolina with a focus on marketing and sustainability, and a bachelor’s degree in French from Sewanee: the University of the South. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, volunteering, running, hiking, playing tennis, cooking and playing outside with Roman, her ridiculously energetic Australian Shepherd.

Meredith Brown is the Waste and Recycling Manager for Cox Enterprises and is responsible for achieving the company’s goal of zero waste to landfill through cost and service optimizations, creative recycling solutions and employee engagement.  She has worked in the environmental health, safety and sustainability departments at Delta Air Lines and Home Depot.  Meredith earned a dual degree with a BS in Environmental Studies and a Master of Public Health in Environmental Health from Emory University and Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. When Meredith isn’t working, she enjoys traveling, hiking and trying out new restaurants.

Emily Cumbie-Drake is a Sustainability Program Coordinator at Emory University's Office of Sustainability.  Emily is a native of Des Moines, Iowa and came to Atlanta to attend Emory where she graduated in 2010 with a B.A. in Anthropology.  After graduation, Emily spent time studying in Scotland, volunteering on farms/eco-villages throughout Europe, and serving as an Education Volunteer at the Heifer Ranch in Arkansas before landing back in Atlanta in 2012.  Emily serves on the board of Slow Food Atlanta.  In her free time, she enjoys gardening, hosting potlucks, brewing kombucha, hula hooping, exploring Georgia, and shopping at farmers markets.

Matt Elder is a team lead at Primary Capital Advisors. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in economics. Matt is a passionate conservationist and an avid backpacker and skier who loves to travel the world for an amazing adventure. Matt is currently teaching himself how to play the banjo and ride a unicycle.

Nell Fry is an Energy Analyst for Sodexo where she is responsible for the creation of front-line employee and community training programs to ensure that those working, living and learning in their clients’ facilities are aware of their impact and operate within the building with the highest efficiency. During her time as Sustainability Coordinator for Georgia Tech Dining Services, Sodexo, Nell was charged with making the GT Campus Dining Program one of the most sustainable in the country. She also works to educate the campus about sustainable food through farmers’ markets, educational events and working with students.

Rachel Maher is the Marketing and Communications Manager for Park Pride, the only nonprofit in Atlanta working with communities all over the city to help them improve their parks. She graduated from the University of Richmond with degrees in Rhetoric and Communications Studies and Biology, with a focus on Environmental Studies. After serving as an Environmental Education volunteer with Peace Corps Morocco, Rachel moved to Atlanta to be close to family. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Atlanta’s parks and urban trails with her dogs, gardening, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends camping in the woods of North Georgia!

Anne Rogers is a Sustainability Project Manager at the Georgia Institute of Technology delivering sustainability programs for the Campus Services team. Anne hails from Ann Arbor, MI, but has called Atlanta home since graduating from Denison University with a degree in Environmental Studies. When not working, you can find her bopping around town on her bike or checking out a new band at one of Atlanta's many fine live music venues.

Ben Stowers is a native Georgian with extensive experience working with both the public and private sectors to conserve Georgia's natural resources. A graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Political Science, Stowers previously served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation and currently operates Stowers Consulting LLC. In his free time, Ben enjoys keeping up with state and local public policy issues, writing, fishing, and hiking with his dog, Iggy.

Joe Thomas is a native of Atlanta and a life-long resident of Georgia. He is currently studying English and Professional Communications at Southern Polytechnic State University, with an end goal of working in non-profit management or environmental public policy. Joe served as a Development Intern with the Georgia Conservancy and held a fellowship through Outdoor Nation. When not working or in class, Joe spends his time following Atlanta and UGA sports, cooking, hiking, talking about public transportation in Atlanta, and playing with Winter, his black lab.