Meet Alicia Graham, Park Pride’s new Accountant

Park Pride is excited to announce a new addition to our team, Alicia Graham! Joining as our accountant, Alicia will help manage Park Pride’s finances and the Fiscal Sponsorship Program.

Alicia is a born and raised Atlantan, and she has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Columbus State University. She is a proud mom of boy-girl twins that keep her very busy.

Continue reading to get to know Alicia in her own words!

What does the “power of parks” mean to you? 

The “power of parks” encapsulates their ability to enrich our lives on multiple levels – from providing solace and recreation to fostering community ties and environmental stewardship.

Why are parks an important part of the community?

They are not merely patches of greenery but vibrant hubs of vitality and inspiration, shaping healthier, happier, and more sustainable societies. 

What are you most excited about regarding your new role?

I see this new role as an opportunity to make a tangible difference in the world around me, leveraging my expertise to contribute to something greater than myself. I look forward to diving into the challenges and opportunities that come with managing the finances of an organization committed to enhancing the quality of life through the power of parks. 

How do you hope to empower communities to engage and make a difference in their neighborhood parks?

I aim to foster transparent and inclusive financial practices that invite community members to participate in decision-making processes regarding park improvements. By providing clear information on budget allocations, fundraising efforts, and project financing, I hope to empower residents to voice their needs and priorities, ensuring that park investments reflect the diverse interests and aspirations of the community. 

What’s your favorite park memory?

One of my favorite park memories is from a family outing where we played badminton at our local park. The wind that day added an unexpected twist to the game, making the shuttlecock fly in all sorts of directions. My dad, with his competitive spirit, kept serving with determination, while my mom couldn’t stop laughing at the unpredictable movements of the shuttlecock. Despite the wind making the game more challenging, we continued playing, enjoying the laughter and bonding that came with it. This memory reminds me of the simple joys of spending time together outdoors, making the most of every moment, even when things don’t go exactly as planned. 

Favorite Atlanta park (and why)?

Choosing a favorite Atlanta park is no easy task, given the city’s wealth of green spaces, each with its own unique charm and character. However, if I had to pick one, I’d say Piedmont Park holds a special place in my heart. What sets Piedmont Park apart for me is its rich history and cultural significance. From hosting iconic events like the Atlanta Jazz Festival and the Dogwood Festival to serving as a backdrop for countless picnics, concerts, and gatherings, Piedmont Park has become an integral part of Atlanta’s identity and a symbol of civic pride. 

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