Advance Atlanta Announces New President

ATLANTA, GEORGIA — Advance Atlanta has announced the appointment of James Touchton as the organization’s newest president and leader. Mr. Touchton’s appointment replaces the organization’s former president, Danielle Elkins, who recently resigned due to relocation out of state. Previously, Mr. Touchton served in the capacity of Programs Chair on the Board of Directors.

James Touchton was recently named the Economic Development Director for the City of Stockbridge. Previously, he was the Director of Policy and Government Affairs for the Council for Quality Growth for the previous six and a half years where e worked on a number of issues, including development ordinances, economic development initiatives, transportation and transit policy with 93 local governments and as a lobbyist at the State Capitol.  He joined the Council in 2012 after five years in the Georgia Senate Research Office as a senior policy analyst and advisor. James received his undergraduate and master’s degree from Kennesaw State University, where he served as Student Government President and a member of the Delta Tau Delta Fratenity. He remains active on several boards at Kennesaw State, including the Political Science and Master of Public Administration Boards.   In addition, he serves on the Town Center Alliance Advisory Board and is a 2015 Leadership Cobb Graduate, a 2016 Regional Leadership Institute Graduate and the 2018 KSU Political Science Alumni of the Year.  Mr. Touchton is also a graduate of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development.

“I want to thank my fellow Board Members of Advance Atlanta for entrusting me with this position and I have big shoes to fill to continue the incredible work of our previous President Danielle Elkins.” Mr. Touchton said. “As the region continues to move forward with respect to transit, from the recently approved $2.7 billion Atlanta Expansion Plan by the MARTA Board of Directors, the upcoming MARTA referendum in Gwinnett to expand to yet another new county, and the formation of the ATL-Transit Link Authority which will complement the great work of MARTA in expanding regional transit, we are at the dawn of a new era in regional connectivity. I look forward to working with our Board, the Metro Region’s counties, and our many regional partners — the Atlanta Regional Commission and our state and local elected and appointed policymakers — as we continue to the mission to ADVANCE regional transit in the Metro ATLANTA Region.”

Advance Atlanta is a grassroots, citizen-driven coalition working to champion existing transit and build support for comprehensive regional transit expansion throughout metro Atlanta.