Council for Quality Growth Announces 2022 Board of Directors

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Council for Quality Growth Announces its 2022 Board of Directors
Chaired by CERM’s Founder and CEO, Albert G. Edwards

ATLANTA – The Council for Quality Growth formally announces its 2022 Board of Directors and Officers. The 2022 Board was elected at the Council’s 36th Annual Meeting held December 17, 2021. The Council welcomed its new leadership, including the new 2022 Chairman of the Board, Albert G. Edwards, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Corporate Environmental Risk Management, LLC (CERM). Edwards is the 35th Chairman and the first African American Chairman of the Council for Quality Growth. Edwards stated his year of Chairmanship will focus on workforce development and member engagement. “While our core work is the man-made and natural environments,” Edwards stated, “I want to do more to leverage our partnerships with people, which I see as the human environment.” Growing the Council’s Emerging Leaders Initiative (ELI) program is another one of Edwards’ priorities during his tenure. “I am very excited to continue working with an organization that values the contribution of younger people,” he said. Edwards has served on the Council’s Board of Directors since 2016 and as a Board Officer since 2019. “Al has been a tremendous supporter of the Council, and we are excited to bring his leadership to the table,” said Michael Paris, President & CEO of the Council for Quality Growth.

The 2022 Officers of the Board are Rob Ross of Kimley-Horn as Vice Chair, Ellen Smith of Parker Poe as Secretary, and Sally Riker of Lowe Engineers as Treasurer. Doug Hooker, Executive Director of the Atlanta Regional Commission, was newly appointed as an ex-officio member of the Council’s Board of Directors. Jodi Selvey, Senior Vice President and Principal of Colliers International, will serve a one-year appointment on the Council’s Board as the Immediate Past President of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors (ACBR). Darryl Edler, Associate Project Manager at CERM, was elected Chairman of the Council’s ELI Board of Directors for 2022-2023. He will serve a two-year appointment to the Council’s Board during his tenure as ELI Chair. Outgoing 2021 Chairman of the Board, Doug Jenkins, Georgia Power’s Vice President West Region, will continue to serve as Immediate Past Chair.

The newly elected 2022 Board Members are:

  • Kelley Brown, Program Director, CBRE
  • Ernest Ellis, President & CEO, FS 360
  • Melody Glouton, Partner, Andersen, Tate & Carr
  • Ashley Jenkins, Director of Government Affairs, Gas South
  • Sarah-Elizabeth Langford, Interim Executive Director, DAFC
  • Tim Perry, Managing Partner, North American Properties
  • Fabricio Ponce, Managing Director, VHB
  • Sara Ray, President & CEO, Douglas Chamber of Commerce
  • Kate Triplett, Engineer, Kimley-Horn
  • Deon Tucker, Regional Director, Georgia Power
  • James Willmer, Principal, Willmer Engineering

Atlanta’s new Mayor, Andre Dickens, provided welcome remarks before the vote, stating he “looks forward to regional collaboration during his term,” and Chris Womack, Chairman, President, and CEO of Georgia Power delivered the keynote address. He called for Atlanta’s development industry to continue their efforts and initiatives towards a more sustainable future, and he spoke of energy diversification, technology advancements, and the attraction they bring to Atlanta. The photo gallery from the 36th Annual Meeting can be found here:


The Council for Quality Growth’s full 2022 Board of Directors listing is below.


About the Council for Quality Growth

The Council for Quality Growth is a trade association that works to ensure continued growth and economic success for generations to come by providing advocacy, information, and education to its members. Committed to the mission of promoting balanced and responsible growth, the Council is proactively involved in the formulation of policy and legislation critical to the growth and development industry. The Council addresses, head-on, strategic economic planning, infrastructure needs, and tough quality-of-life issues throughout the metro Atlanta region and state.



Download the 2022 Board of Directors List here.