Driving a Vibrant, Prosperous and Inclusive Future for Metro Atlanta
Jun 15, 2021 11:45 AM
Katie Kirkpatrick, CEO, Atlanta Chamber
Driving a Vibrant, Prosperous and Inclusive Future for Metro Atlanta

THIS IS A HYBRID CLUB MEETING.  CLICK HERE To Register to attend in person, click on the meeting in the events section or email KiwanisClubAtlanta@gmail.com.  Registration closes Jun 11 at Noon.

To view on Zoom, CLICK HERE to register.    Katie will be joining us in person at the Loudermilk Center.

Katie Kirkpatrick currently serves as the president and CEO of the 160-year-old Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC). She is known for her public policy prowess, courageous leadership and more than a decade of driving impact through her work at MAC.

Previously MAC’s chief policy officer, Kirkpatrick served as the link between the metro Atlanta business community and local and national government. She galvanized the Public Policy team’s priorities in business climate, educated workforce, transportation and sustainability – including water, energy and the environment. The Public Policy team continues to fight to protect Georgia’s top-rated business climate against legislation discriminatory in nature or harmful to the region’s ability to create, recruit and retain jobs.

Kirkpatrick joined the Chamber in 2007 as vice president of environmental affairs, previously serving in numerous roles directly related to environmental policy and water-related issues. She later served as the Chamber’s senior vice president for business higher education, leading the execution of key initiatives strengthening the region’s higher education ecosystem and workforce development. Before joining MAC, she served as director of environmental engineering for Gold Kist, Inc., with responsibilities in regulatory compliance, designing treatment systems, strategic planning and more.

Kirkpatrick currently serves on the GRACE Commission, comprised of public officials, law enforcement, businesses and nonprofit organizations, committed to ending human trafficking in the State of Georgia and the City of Atlanta. She is a vice-chair for the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District and a past board chair for the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership. She is also a member of the board of directors for the Atlanta Track Club.

Kirkpatrick is a current member of Rotary Club of Atlanta, the International Women’s Forum and the Georgia Freight and Logistics Commission. She is a member of the board for Central Atlanta Progress and executive committee member of Learn4Life – an initiative working to advance educational outcomes for students in metro Atlanta. In 2021, Kirkpatrick was named one of Georgia Trend magazine’s 100 Most Influential Georgians; and in 2020 she was named one of Atlanta Magazine’s Atlanta 500, ranking top leaders in the region.

As a graduate from Auburn University, Kirkpatrick is a registered professional engineer and a member of the school’s 100+ Women Strong group of successful female engineering alumnae. She is a Leadership Atlanta alumna and a volunteer with youth sports leagues in metro Atlanta and the Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. Kirkpatrick lives in Atlanta with her husband, Dow, and their two sons, who currently attend The Lovett School, where she regularly serves on the parent volunteer association.

INVOCATION:  Gloria Tippin