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Our Team

The ATL Airport Community Improvement Districts are committed to creating an economically strong, safe, attractive and vibrant community surrounding the world’s most-traveled passenger airport. We are a catalyst for infrastructure enhancement through new investments, project planning, resource management and partnership development. We seek to raise the collective value of our community’s commercial properties while making the AACIDs a destination for new businesses, residents and visitors.

Gerald McDowell

Executive Director 

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible” is the outlook of the well-respected and acclaimed industry expert for community and city improvements, Gerald McDowell. This Walt Disney mindset is attributed to much of McDowell’s success and the all-inclusive idea of raising the collective value of communities. With over 30 years of professional experience, the award-winning McDowell is humbled by his experiences and remains diligent in his commitment to improve communities throughout South Metro Atlanta. His seamless ability to empower culturally diverse teams while delivering measurable results is a value add and a true testament to his leadership.  

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Krystal Harris

Program Director 

Our dynamic Program Director, Krystal Harris, brings a wealth of strategic planning and high level project management skills to our team. She worked at GDOT for 12 years in various roles, with her most recent being Asset Program Manager. While at GDOT, she focused on working in the most feasible way while meeting the goals and objectives of the Department. “This means that sometimes change is good. What once worked before may not be the case today,” Krystal shares. She is versatile and goal-oriented and strives to achieve overall company goals and exceed customer expectations. She has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Charlie Vaughn

Marketing and Communications Director

The luminous talent and marketing strategies of Charlie Vaughn have allowed her to become somewhat of a phenomenon in the industry.  With over 20 years of progressive marketing experience, Charlie is a gifted professional with a sundry of accomplishments. She specializes in diverse branding solutions for business professionals or established companies looking to grow and scale. A native of Atlanta, she has a proven ability to combine vision and creativity while increasing company revenue and client retention. She takes pride in managing all marketing, design and communication aspects for the AACIDs.

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Franklin Allen, Jr.

Public Safety Director

With 38 years of law enforcement professional experience and 4,800 hours of certified training from the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, Franklin Allen, Jr. brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise as our new Public Safety Director.  Franklin is a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College class 5, and Class 123 of the Southern Police Institute Administrative Officers Course, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development and the International Chiefs of Police Organizational Leadership.  Franklin has also received training as an Active Shooter Instructor, ASP Weapons System Instructor, Georgia POST Departmental Training Officer, as well as an instructor in Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Speed Detection, and TASER Electrical Control Device.

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Kyana Cannon

Executive Administrative Assistant

Kyana supports the Executive Director with administrative assistance including scheduling meetings, appointments, and specific tasks that directly impact the team. 

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Matt Risher

Project Manager

Matt recently joined our team after spending the last three years with the Georgia Department of Transportation as their Transportation Planner.  Matt has his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of South Carolina as well as his Masters in City & Regional Planning from Georgia Institute of Technology.

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