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Public Policy

Our Team

Public Policy Team Members

Katie Kirkpatrick

Katie Kirkpatrick

Chief Policy Officer

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Katie Kirkpatrick is the chief policy officer for the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC), leading the Public Policy team which focuses on public policy, government affairs and political action. Kirkpatrick joined MAC in 2007 as vice president of Environmental Affairs, overseeing the Chamber’s work on sustainability, including water, air, energy, and quality growth issues. She has served in various key roles shaping environmental policy and overseeing water-related issues. Following her environmental role, she served as senior vice president for Business Higher Education, which focused on driving discovery, innovation,and entrepreneurship through collaboration of business and higher education. Before joining MAC, she served as director of environmental engineering for Gold Kist, Inc. Her duties there included regulatory compliance, strategic planning, external affairs, and designing various treatment systems.

Kirkpatrick graduated from Auburn University and is a registered professional engineer in several states. She is currently vice-chair of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District and past board chair for the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership. She is a 2011 recipient of Atlanta BusinessChronicle’s prestigious “40 Under 40” award and is an active alumna of Leadership Atlanta. She serves on the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives and is the chair of the Government Relations Division. She is also a member of the Northern District of Georgia Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel.

She also volunteers for various youth sports leagues, Peachtree Road UMC, and is a member of the parent volunteer association for Christ the King School. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Track Club. Kirkpatrick, her husband, Dow, and their two boys reside in Atlanta.


Dave Williams

Vice President, Infrastructure & Government Affairs

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Dave Williams joined the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) in January 2011 and currently serves as vice president of Infrastructure and Government Affairs. In that role, he works closely with our business leaders, promoting policies that will improve Atlanta’s quality of life and infrastructure. Specific policy areas include transportation, water, and the environment. He also leads MAC’s government affairs activities at the local, state, and federal levels, including managing MAC PAC, which supports pro-jobs candidates for state office.

Williams has an admirable track record of civic leadership. He is a member of metro Atlanta’s MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) and served on the Atlanta Regional Commission Board from 2002-2007. He was elected mayor of the City of Suwanee (2007-2011), served on the Suwanee City Council (1998-2001), and as president of the Gwinnett Municipal Association (2009). While serving as a government worker in Suwanee, he was active in legislative policy matters in the Georgia Municipal Association, leading efforts relating to service delivery strategies and other issues. A graduate of Leadership Gwinnett and a Regional Leadership Institute alumnus, he now serves on the board and executive committee of the Livable Communities Council. He also serves on the board of the Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance and Georgia Tech’s NCTSPM (National Center for Transportation Systems Productivity and Management). Williams has also served on the boards of numerous other community institutions including the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Suwanee Business Alliance, and Kate’s Club. Prior to joining MAC, Williams was the CEO of Southtrac for 10 years, a branded merchandise and marketing company he founded. Williams started his career with the MAC Atlanta Sports Council and AOC, the bid committee which won the 1996 Olympic Games. A metro Atlanta resident since 1973, Williams graduated from Georgia Tech in 1989.

He resides in Suwanee, Georgia, with wife Debbie (a UGA alumna), daughter Ramsey, son Max, and an enthusiastic “schnoodle” named Fozzie Bear.


Marshall Guest

Vice President, Business Climate

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Marshall Guest is the vice president of business climate for the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC). He joined MAC in 2014 and oversees the Chamber’s work on workforce, education, tax policy, and other issues that impact the region’s business climate. Prior to joining MAC, Guest served as Georgia House Speaker David Ralston’s senior policy advisor and press secretary. He also worked under Governor Sonny Perdue, House Speaker Glenn Richardson, and several leadership offices in the Georgia State Senate.

Guest received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and his MBA from Georgia State University. He is a graduate of Leadership DeKalb and the Regional Leadership Institute (RLI). Guest serves on Leadership DeKalb’s Board of Directors and the State Compensation Commission as one of Governor Nathan Deal’s appointees.  He resides in Decatur with his wife, Sarah, and three young boys, Griffin, Worth and Archie.


Amy Lancaster

Director, Workforce Development

Amy Lancaster is Director of Workforce Development at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. She is a native Atlantan who is passionate about increasing student, jobseeker and employer outcomes in the region and working closely with employer, education and workforce systems partners to grow Atlanta’s globally competitive talent pool. She has been with MAC for since 2008 and serves on various education and workforce related boards in the region and state.


Tim Cairl

Director, Education Policy

Tim currently serves as Director of Education Policy for the Metro Atlanta Chamber where he works both regionally and at the state level on K-12 education policy as well as early childhood and Pre-K policies. Tim earned his Bachelor of Science in Health from Liberty University and a Master of Arts in Public Policy from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. He is a long-time resident of DeKalb, County and enjoys travel and cooking in addition to volunteering with several local non-profit and civic organizations.


Leanna Brown

Director of Government Affairs

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Leanna joined the Metro Atlanta Chamber as Director of Government Affairs in January 2018. In this role, she is responsible for advancing a variety of public policies important to MAC and its members. Prior to joining MAC, Leanna was a Government Relations Associate in the University of Georgia Office of Government Relations. Leanna holds a Master of International Policy and a Bachelor of International Affairs from the University of Georgia.


Jenny Jang

Senior Project Manager

In her current role, she leads MAC’s internship initiative, provides support for the business climate and Atlanta Partners for Education initiative. Before leading MAC’s internship initiative, she worked on Learn4Life, a collective impact initiative for education in metro Atlanta and the launch of Metro Atlanta eXchange for Workforce Solutions, a central gateway for workforce development organizations to share ideas and make connections. Jenny is a committee member of the Atlanta Regional Commission Millennial Advisory Panel, United Way LINC, and a member of the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2017.


Natalie Simpson

Project Manager

Natalie Simpson joined the Chamber in 2015, where she started as an intern, and currently serves as Project Manager for Public Policy. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. An avid rock climber, Natalie and her husband Kyle live in East Lake Terrace.


Regina Hodges

Executive Assistant

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