Amol Naik

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has announced that Amol Naik has been named Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Atlanta. In this role, he will be responsible for ensuring progress towards the Administration’s established goals of becoming more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges we face as a city. He will replace the inaugural CRO, Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, who was appointed by former mayor Kasim Reed in 2016.

The CRO position is a byproduct of the city’s partnership with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), which the City of Atlanta joined in 2016. 100RC has provided grant funding and technical support for the Office of Resilience and was instrumental in the creation and release of Atlanta’s first citywide Resilience Strategy – “Resilient Atlanta” released in 2017.

An attorney and public policy professional, Naik is currently Director of Legal and Public Affairs for Atlanta-based MailChimp. Prior to that, he held leadership positions with Google Fiber and Google Inc. in both Atlanta and Washington, DC. He also serves as a member of the board of the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership and as Corporate Secretary for the Fulton/Atlanta Land Bank Authority.

Naik’s appointment is effective as of July 23.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.