Brian Leary has been named the new president and chief executive officer of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.(ABI) , the agency that will implement the proposed network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown Atlanta and connecting many neighborhoods.

Leary joins ABI from Atlantic Station, where he has served as vice president. During 12 years at Atlantic Station, he helped develop the former steel mill into a national model of sustainable development and smart growth.

“Brian brings the right combination of technical experience, development success and community engagement for what the BeltLine needs as it enters the next chapter of its evolution,” said Cal Darden, chair of the ABI Board of Directors.

“Atlantic Station has given me a wonderful opportunity over the years,” said Leary, “but there is no greater opportunity to impact the metro Atlanta area’s quality of life than the Atlanta BeltLine Project.”

Leary holds a master’s degree in city planning and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Georgia Tech, where he received dual certificates in land development and real estate. He has been published nationally and teaches each spring at Georgia Tech.

– John Schaffner