Atlanta's resilience chief departing

By Maggie Lee

Not quite a year after taking the post, Amol Naik is stepping down as Atlanta’s chief resilience officer.

Naik said in a city press release that his family is coping with the impacts of Alzheimer’s disease.

“[I]t has become clear in recent days that it is time for me to be with my family and rally around my mother,” said Naik.

The person in the resilience post is responsible for moving the city toward goals of becoming more resilient to physical, social and economic challenges in the city. Therefore, it can include work on public heath, climate policy, aging infrastructure, access to food and more.

Atlanta’s resilience strategy, and the Office of Resilience itself, are byproducts of a partnership with 100 Resilient Cities, a project created by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Before coming to City Hall, Naik was director of legal and public affairs for MailChimp and had also held leadership positions with Google Fiber and Google, Inc.

“Speaking on behalf of the city,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms the press release, “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.”

Maggie Lee is a freelance reporter who's been covering Georgia and metro Atlanta government and politics since 2008.

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