What We Do
The Atlanta Committee for Progress, Inc. (ACP)brings together the top CEOs and leaders from Atlanta’s private sector, universities, and nonprofits to provide leadership on issues of great impact for the City via a highly effective partnership with the Mayor of Atlanta. Members serve on working task forces to provide best practice expertise and jumpstart problem-solving. The ACP is a highly-focused, intentional, and energetic organization to which top Atlanta leaders commit their time on an ongoing basis. Members meet quarterly as a full board to report on progress and prioritize efforts.
“ACP is one of Atlanta’s most unique and important assets. The guidance of this exceptional group of business leaders has been essential to what we’ve achieved.”
– Mayor Kasim Reed
Provide leadership on selected issues important to economic development in the City of Atlanta.
Advocate for the specific interests of the City of Atlanta as a vibrant core supporting the broader success of the Atlanta region.
Identify key issues for Atlanta and determine if they are being properly addressed. For unaddressed issues, develop strategies to be implemented by new or existing organizations.
Support other organizations in solving issues and monitor progress to ensure goals are met.
Duriya Farooqui, Executive Director
Duriya Farooqui is the Executive Director of the Atlanta Committee for Progress (ACP), a partnership between the top business leaders and the City of Atlanta, to address the most critical issues for the Atlanta. She provides leadership and strategic direction for ACP’s priorities developed in collaboration with the Mayor. Prior to joining ACP in May 2016, Duriya was a principal at Bain & Company, where she worked with corporate executives across several industries to deliver high impact results and growth. In that role, she also led a pro-bono consulting team to develop an outcome focused plan for a school network serving low-income children in Metro Atlanta. Her management experience spans the private and public sector including seven years with the City of Atlanta.
Duriya served as the Chief Operating Officer for the City of Atlanta before 2014, managing all operating departments and agencies that represented a budget of about $2 billion and over 7,000 city employees. She brought focus to data driven management in optimizing operations, initiated innovation incentives, and led major initiatives such as pension reform, opening of the international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and securing a 30-year agreement with the Atlanta Falcons for the new stadium opening in 2017. Prior to the City of Atlanta, Duriya has also worked with the Center for International Development at Harvard, the World Bank, and the Center for Global Development.
Duriya holds a M.P.A. in International Development from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Hampshire College. She is a Trustee for the Woodruff Arts Center and serves on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, Westside Future Fund, Center for Civic Innovation and International Women’s Forum of Georgia. Duriya enjoys living in the Candler Park area and loves biking on the Beltline with her two sons.