City of Atlanta’s Chief Resilience Officer Amol Naik has decided to transition ouf of his current position before the end of June after serving the Bottoms Administration for a year.

“Over the past year, Amol has worked tirelessly to make Atlanta a more equitable city,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said. “Speaking on behalf of the City, thank you to Amol for serving this administration and helping to eliminate the needless barriers to success all too many in our city face. We wish Amol and his family nothing but the best.”

According to Naik, his decision was influenced by his mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. His leave will be used to suppot her through her time of need.

“My family has long been coping with the difficult impacts of Alzheimer’s disease, and it has become clear in recent days that it is time for me to be with my family and rally around my mother,” Naik said.

“Under the leadership of Mayor Bottoms, I am proud of what we have accomplished in such a short period of time. From the passage of Clean Energy Atlanta to the reimagining of the Atlanta City Detention Center, I have been honored to have a front row seat to some of our city’s most remarkable milestones. Thank you to Mayor Bottoms and the entire team for the privilege to serve the City.”

Naik joined the administration back in July 2018, after serving on Mayor Bottom’s transition team.

Prior to that, he was the director of legal and public affairs for MailChimp, and a member of the board of Atlanta Reginal Commission and the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership

As the City’s Chief Resilience Officer, Naik oversaw everal significant initiatives regarding Bottom’s One Atlanta mission—to create an affordable, resilient and equitable Atlanta that is a safe and welcoming city with world-class employees, infrastructure and services; an ethical, transparent, and fiscally responsible government.

Some of the initiatives that Naik was apart of include:

  • The unanimous passage of Clean Energy Atlanta, a comprehensive plan to transition the City and community to 100% clean energy by 2035;
  • The transformation of 7.1 acres into what is now the nation’s largest food forest;
  • The reimagining of the Atlanta City Detention Center and creation of a Task Force charged with evaluating the use of the building as a Center for Equity;
  • The allocation of $100,000 to provide Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) services to high-risk populations in Atlanta;
  • The selection of Atlanta to participate in the American Cities Climate Challenge, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and valued at $2-3 million, to support bold solutions to meet or exceed Atlanta’s equivalent of the U.S. emission reduction targets under the Paris Climate Agreement.

Naik’s resignation is effective June 28, 2019. Chief Equity Officer Bill Hawthorne will serve as interim Chief Resilience Officer and oversee the One Atlanta office.

Naik encourages Atlantans to support the Georgia Alzheimer’s Association, which provides care, support and research for those affected by Alzheimer’s Disease and their families.

(Photo: Courtesy of City of Atlanta)

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