Lisa Adler 

Lisa is the co-founder and Co-Artistic/Producing Director of Horizon Theatre. She has directed or dramaturged more than 60 plays at Horizon and founded the New South Play Festival of plays from, for, and about the contemporary South. Critically-acclaimed productions of Third by Wendy Wasserstein, The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl, In Darfur by Winter Miller, 9 Parts of Desire by Heather Raffo, The Syringa Tree by Pamela Gien, Boy Gets Girl by Rebecca Gilman, Quills by Doug Wright, and Skylight by David Hare, all directed by Ms. Adler, were voted top productions of their year by local media. She dramaturged and/or directed many of Horizon’s New South Play Festival world premieres, including Night Blooms by Margaret Baldwin, The Perfect Prayer by Suehlya El-Attar, and The Waffle Palace and Charm School by Larry Larson and Eddie Levi Lee. She is an alumna of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab in NYC and holds a holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, where she also returned for post-graduate study in directing.


Anna Foote, Chair and Mayoral Appointee

Anna serves as the Chair and Mayoral Appointee to L5PCID.  Anna is currently the Deputy Director of Hope Atlanta. Prior to joining the team at Hope, Anna was the VP Operations for The Coca-Cola Company Credit Union for over 14 years and has previously worked for Save the Children and March of Dimes.  Currently serving on the Board of Invest Atlanta (since 2008), Anna has also consulted for, and served in leadership roles on, several non-profit boards including the Little 5 Points Community Center, Bond Community Credit Union and WRFG community-owned radio station.

John Izard

John Izard Jr, Council President Appointee

John serves at the Council President Appointee to the board. John is the Executive Director of Cushman Wakefield’s leasing office where he provides strategic real estate consulting for professional and corporate tenants located in Atlanta and throughout the United States.  Mr. Izard earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Virginia in 1981. Very active in local affairs, he has chaired numerous non-profit and civic boards, including The Piedmont Park Conservancy, The Georgia Conservancy, and Georgians for Passenger Rail. Mr. Izard serves or has served on numerous other civic and non-profit boards, and is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta as a member of the Class of 2006/2007.


Craig Pendergrast

Craig is a partner in the legal firm Taylor English. As an attorney, Craig helps clients address a wide variety of environmental matters involving transactional, advisory, insurance, regulatory, remediation, permitting, compliance, enforcement, brownfields, waste, water, air, wetlands and litigation issues. Craig is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Solar Energy Association, Georgia Forestry Association, and Georgia Association of Water Professionals. His community service includes The Trust for Public Land, Georgia Advisory Council Member; Groundwork Atlanta, Board Member; Georgia Conservancy, Former Board and Executive Committee Member; Trinity Presbyterian Church, Former Elder; Keep Atlanta Beautiful Inc., Former Board Member; Peachtree Hills Civic Association, Past President.

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Scott Pendergrast

Scott is president and owner of Neighborhood Commercial Redevelopment, a property management firm with a portfolio of commercial real estate in Little Five Points, East Atlanta Village, College Park, Hapeville, and East Point. After completing a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in real estate at Georgia State University, he worked as a manager at PKF Consulting and Landauer Real Estate Counselors, providing consulting and appraisal services on a broad range of commercial real estate properties throughout the U. S. He then served as MARTA’s manager of real estate before acquiring Neighborhood Commercial Redevelopment in 2008. Scott is a member of the Little 5 Points Business Association’s board of directors, serving as its treasurer and representative on Neighborhood Planning Unit N. He is a supporting member of The Georgia Conservancy, Chattooga Conservancy, and Ossabaw Island Foundation.


Josh Sagarin

Josh is the owner and CEO of FrontPage News and Tijuana Garage.


Bob Sandage

Bob is the owner of Wrecking Bar Brewpub operated out of the historic Victor Kriegshaber house at 292 Moreland Avenue in Atlanta. This National Register Historic property was renovated for use as a Brewpub and Events Facility. It has been open since June 2011, voted Atlanta’s Best Brewpub in 2011 and 2012, and is one of the top 5 brewpubs in the US (from Rate Beer and Beer Advocate). Before founding the Wrecking Bar, Bob Founded DAQTron, which was acquired by Averna in 2009. He served Vice President of Business Development for Broadband Test until March 2010.


Dr. Richard Shapiro

Richard graduated from the Emory University School of Dentistry in 1978, has practiced Dentistry in L5P, and lived in the community, ever since.   Dr. Shapiro is a member of the American Dental Association; the GDA; and is a Consultant for the Georgia Board of Dentistry, evaluating the competence and treatment quality of other Dentists. He was President of L5P Business Association for over 5 years, and is currently on its Board. And he has taken leadership roles in the Partnership for Little 5 Points, the old BOND Community Star Newspaper, is on the Moreland Avenue Task Force, and had volunteered for years in Mary Lin Elementary School’s “Buddy Program.” Richard helped spearhead numerous projects including: the Ponce/Moreland Corridor Study; establishing Atlanta’s first Neighborhood Commercial District in L5P; brought an Atlanta Police Mini-Precinct to L5P, and continues to lead fundraising efforts for it. In 1998 he organized a memorial service for APD Officer Gregory L. Davis, on the 10th anniversary of his death in the line of duty–the only tribute of this kind in the City’s history. Richard has received an APAB Neighborhood Achievement Award, an Inman Park Joel Community Service Award, and a Leadership Award from the L5P Business Association.

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Council Member Alex Wan, Chair of City Council Finance Committee

Alex has been proudly serving as a Council member since 2010. Alex began his career with the Prudential Investment Corporation’s Corporate Finance Group in Newark, New Jersey from 1988-1989.  In 1990, he relocated to Atlanta and joined Prudential’s Real Estate and Acquisitions team as an Investment Analyst.  From 1993-2009 he served as President of Optima, Inc., an architecture-engineering consulting firm.  From 2009-2012, he has served as Director of Development for Jerusalem House, Inc., one of Atlanta’s oldest housing providers to homeless and low income families affected by HIV/AIDS.  Since 2012, Alex serves as the Director of Development for Emory University Libraries. Alex was educated at Georgia Institute of Technology (Bachelor of Industrial Engineering), Wharton School (Master of Business Administration).