Mtamanika Youngblood is the chair of the board and a past president of the HDDC. A nationally recognized community development practitioner and a strong proponent of equitable development and sustainability as the model for addressing both the human and physical development needs of revitalizing communities, Ms. Youngblood is currently the President of Sweet Auburn Works, a nonprofit organization supported by a broad range of stakeholders committed to the revitalization of the Sweet Auburn commercial corridor and modeled after the successful national Main Street program.
She has served as the President & CEO of Sustainable Neighborhood Development Strategies, Inc (SNDSI), a nonprofit development corporation initiated by the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site. She is the founder and past President and CEO of The Center for Working Families, Inc., a nonprofit organization also sponsored by the Casey Foundation to advance its family and neighborhood strengthening work. She was previously the first Senior Vice President for Community Impact at United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta.
Ms. Youngblood has been widely acknowledged for her work. Awards and recognition have come from The National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Atlanta Urban Design Commission, Central Atlanta Progress, the Georgia Association of the American Institute of Architects, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta Magazine, the State of Georgia Affordable Housing Division, the National Neighborhood Coalition and the National Community Land Trust Network.
In addition to Sweet Auburn Works and HDDC’s board, she has served as Chair of the Board for the Partnership for Southern Equity. Ms. Youngblood most recently completed a nine-year term as a member of the Board and Chair of the Programs Committee for the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, and served as a member of the Technical Review Panel for the Housing and Transportation Affordability Index for HUD’s Office for Sustainable Housing and Communities. She is a Trustee Emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a member of the National Advisory Council for the African American Heritage Action Fund and she has served on various Boards, including United Way, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Center for Working Families, and the City of Atlanta Public Art Advisory Committee.
Ms. Youngblood is currently converting her restored 128-year-old historic home into the first full service Bed & Breakfast in the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic District.