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A Conversation with Debra Edleson, Executive Director, Grove Park Foundation

When crisis hits, it is critical to have the ability to assess the landscape and identify the trauma. Residents in the Grove Park neighborhood on Atlanta’s westside have been hit particularly hard by the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, leaving an estimated 75 percent of residents unemployed. In this episode, we hear what is transpiring on the ground and how the Grove Park Foundation pivoted for a swift crisis response.



Debra Edelson

Executive Director, Grove Park Foundation

Debra is the Executive Director and Board Member of the Grove Park Foundation. She was previously a Senior Program Director for the Trust for Public Land (TPL) where she managed the Georgia Office’s greenspace and conservation programs, including the Proctor Creek Greenway and Chattahoochee River protection work, and assembled some of the Beltline parks. Prior to that, she directed the Real Estate program for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. Debra resided in NYC for many years where she launched the iconic NYC High Line park while employed by CSX Corporation. Previous to that she held a post in the New York City Mayor’s Office, and two years with the City of New York’s Economic Development Corporation. Debra serves on the Board of Directors of the South Fork Conservancy, and completed six years of service as a Planning Commissioner in Dekalb County, GA.


Eytan Davidson

Vice President of Communications, Purpose Built Communities

Eytan Davidson has spent his career working with cities and nonprofits to promote equity and access to opportunity. As vice president for communications, Eytan helps promote the organization in order to grow the Purpose Built Communities Network and consults with Network Members on communications-related issues to help them achieve their objectives in their cities and neighborhoods.

This is Community is created in partnership with HL Strategy. Our executive producers are Eytan Davidson and HL Strategy (Howard Lalli, Sherry Crawley, and Patty Gregory.) Our producer, director, and editor is Matt Honkonen. Mixing, mastering and music is from Pitchwire.