Meet a Southfacer: Alex Trachtenberg

Alex provides project management and deliverables support for the Community Sustainability Services and Policy Teams. He conducts research, community engagement, collects and formats data, performs analysis and evaluation, and composes reports for various clients and projects. Recently, Alex managed the Impact of Green Affordable Housing research project and currently manages Energy Efficiency for All in Georgia. He is also the TransFormation Alliance Policy Committee Chair working on equitable transit-oriented development in metro Atlanta.

He received his BA in Environmental Studies – Planning and Policy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and MPP in Environmental Policy from Georgia State University.

What brought you to Southface?alex-in-canoe

  • Native of Atlanta
  • Georgia State University graduate school for public policy
  • A passion for sustainable development and policy in my hometown
  • Desire to work for a leading and innovative sustainability NGO/nonprofit

What drives your passion for the built environment?
The ability to create and shape places that are vibrant, inclusive and resilient. The built environment is a lab for human interaction and ingenuity, and the opportunity to enhance our communities through sustainability is what drives my passion.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
The opportunity to work with such passionate and talented individuals and organizations, internal and external to Southface. My job gives me the opportunity and flexibility to learn, grow and engage with the community while making a positive impact on the built environment.

What do you like to do when you are not at work?
Run with my dog, explore Atlanta by bike, travel (who doesn’t??) and connect with friends and family.


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