Park Pride names new executive director

Native Atlantan Tom Salyers to start job Aug. 23


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Park Pride has picked native Atlantan Tom Salyers to take the reins of the city’s most vocal greenspace advocacy group.

Salyers comes to Park Pride after 12 years at ZERO TO THREE, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that promotes the health and development of infants and toddlers. Prior to his position there as communications director, the University of Georgia graduate worked at several Atlanta public relations agencies. He also boasts experience in public affairs at the Georgia Textile Association and state legislative affairs at Georgia Power. Salyers’ first day on the job is Aug. 23.

“We believe Tom is the perfect choice to help us expand our footprint, develop more financial support for our programs, and grow awareness of our mission and brand,” Sarah Yates Sutherland, board chair for Park Pride, said in a statement. “He is a great fit.”

Salyers succeeds George Dusenbury, who recently joined Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration as parks, recreation and cultural affairs commissioner. Dusenbury’s six years as the organization’s honcho are widely credited with helping raise awareness about the city’s lack of greenspace and implementing park projects.