Michelle Alexander

Master of Science, Sanitary Engineering, Georgia Institute of TechnologyMaster of Science, Community and Regional Development, The Virginia Military InstituteDevelopment Studies, Cornell University

UW-Madison and Friedrich Wilhelm Universität, Bonn, Germany. BA

Member, Regional Task Force on Planning

Member, Georgia Chapter American Planning Association

Member, Woman’s in Transportation

Member, Congress for New Urbanism



Director of Strategic Planning 

Michelle Alexander has over 20 years of local government, planning, and policy experience. She has a proven track record of institutional and organizational development assisting various levels of government with strategic planning, systems assessment and operations improvement.  She has worked in both international development and state, regional and local government.  She speaks fluent Spanish and excels at energized, community outreach and drafting data-driven policy and regulations. She has prepared a variety of comprehensive land use, transportation, and strategic plans at both the municipal and county level, as well as revitalization and housing studies throughout the Metro Atlanta Region. While serving in organization leadership roles, she managed budgeting, staffing and operations planning. In project management roles, she led multi-discipline teams of engineers, architects, landscape architects and real estate analysts. She brings lessons-learned from private sector staffing of municipal services for innovative practices for improving efficiencies while promoting the benefits that come with traditional, direct-hire staffing.

Relevant Experience:

Planning Manager, DeKalb County Planning and Sustainability, DeKalb County, Georgia

Director, City of Sandy Springs Department of Community Development, Sandy Springs, Georgia

Senior Planner . Forsyth County Planning and Community Development, Forsyth County, Georgia

Senior Staff/Project Manager, Institute of Public Administration (IPA)

Relevant Projects:

  • Fiscal and Economic Impact Model and Development Incentives Strategy, Clayton County
  • Upper Marietta-Westside Park Sub Area 9 Plan, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., Atlanta
  • Consolidated Housing Plan, City of Griffin
  • East Point TOD and Revitalization Master Plan
  • Downtown Master Plan Update, City of Woodstock
  • City of Avondale Estates LCI Master Plan Update
  • Historic Downtown Norcross LCI Master Plan
  • West Griffin LCI and Revitalization (TAD) Plan, Downtown Griffin LCI & Comprehensive Plan Partial Update
  • Druid Hills LCI, DeKalb County
  • Gwinnett Place Multi-Modal (“ACTivate Gwinnett Place”) Master Plan, GP CID
  • Unified Development Code, City of McDonough
  • Zoning Ordinance Rewrite & GIS Parcel Database, DeKalb County
  • GIS Zoning and Planning Services, City of Brookhaven
  • Unified Development Code and Historic TOD Overlay District, City of Griffin
  • Zoning Ordinance, City of Clarkston
  • Zoning Ordinance Rewrite, Clayton County
  • Unified Development Code Update, Forsyth County
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, City of Brookhaven
  • West Alley Master Plan, City of Roswell
  • Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Area 2040 Transportation Plan, Gainesville Hall MPO
  • City of Gainesville Transportation Master Plan, Gainesville
  • Holcomb Bridge Road at SR 400 Corridor Interchange Study, Roswell
  • Transportation Planning Services, City of Riverdale
  • Forsyth County Bicycle Transportation & Pedestrian Walkways Plan Update
  • North Fulton Comprehensive Transportation Plan, North Fulton Municipalities and ARC (sub)
  • Unified Plan Update, Gwinnett County
  • Economic Development Strategy, City of Lawrenceville(sub)
  • Comprehensive Plan, City of Peachtree Corners
  • Comprehensive Plan, City of East Point
  • Comprehensive Plan 2030, City of Roswell
  • Comprehensive Plan, City of Dunwoody
  • Comprehensive Plan, City of Johns Creek
  • Comprehensive Plan, Major Amendment, City of Chamblee