Generation Green Board Chair Ben Stowers


The Georgia Conservancy’s young professionals board, Generation Green, is proud to announce that Ben Stowers has been named Board President. Stowers has served on the Generation Green Board since 2014. He succeeds Brent Beatty as Generation Green President. Beatty, a long time Generation Green board member, will now lend his talents to the Georgia Conservancy Board of Trustees.

Generation Green is an elected board of directors committed to supporting the Georgia Conservancy and its programs. They work to  empower our communities to protect, conserve and enjoy Georgia's natural resources through adventure trips, service projects, and social and educational events.

Founded in 1993 by Betsy Verner and Louise Tanner Gracey, the Green Peaches (the original name of Generation Green) was created to help sustain the Georgia Conservancy, provide members with adventure and social opportunities, and cultivate the blossoming field of young environmentalists with an opportunity for executive leadership.

Stowers is a native Georgian with roots in the northern and eastern parts of the state, but has come to love everything wild that Georgia has to offer. From the mountains to the coast, Ben has extensive experience advocating for the preservation and protection of our natural, cultural and historic resources. Prior to joining his father in commercial & industrial real estate with Stowers & Company, Ben served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation and also spent time in public affairs with Georgia DNR. In addition to exploring our natural world, Ben enjoys public policy, community events, friends, family and spending time with his best bud, Iggy.

"It's an honor to be asked to lead this incredible group of individuals,” says Stowers. “It is my goal to make this organization the premier place for the next generation of environmental and sustainability leaders to engage in making a difference in their communities and in the lives of others."

Joining Stowers in a new executive role with Generation Green is Vice Chair Katherine (Ellison) Huded. Huded joined Generation Green in 2015 and previously served as Communications Committee Chair. An outdoor enthusiast and sustainability advocate, Katherine often can be found kayaking in-town and coastal waterways, camping and hiking in North Georgia and picking up trash and recycling along her daily commute. In her day job, Katherine is manager of global corporate communications for Novelis, the world's largest aluminum recycler and producer of aluminum rolled products. She brings expertise in social media marketing, media relations and communications strategy to the board and in her new role as Vice Chair.

Joe Thomas of Trees Atlanta was named Generation Green Secretary, while Joey Shea of Southface was named Development Chair.

The Georgia Conservancy and Generation Green are also thrilled to announce the newest members of the Generation Green Board: Sasha Friedman of UPS, Nikishka Iyengar of Rubicon Global, Abbie King of Georgia Organics, Ashay Shah of Deloitte and Taylor Spicer of Emory University.


Learn more about Generation Green

For more information about Generation Green, please contact Georgia Conservancy Advocacy Director Leah Dixon at