The appointment brings Ahmann, the ultimate Atlanta insider, into the forefront. As executive director, he’s expected to marshal philanthropic, corporate and city-led efforts to improve the quality of life in some of the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods.
In an interview Monday, Ahmann said the Westside Future Fund has long-term goals that include improving the area’s employment rate, raising median household incomes, reducing crime and increasing educational attainment levels.
“The real success of the effort will be, when people look back 15 years from now, are they living better lives?” he said.
Richard Dugas, CEO of PulteGroup and chairman of the Westside Future Fund, said he believes there are two competing objectives: long-term planning and short-term wins. “We have to do both in concert,” he said, adding that 2016 “is definitely the year we want to get tangible work done.”