We're back with our series Inside Atlanta—each week, we sit down with influential locals to talk about what Atlanta means to them. Today we’re chatting with Michelle Nunn, CEO and president of CARE, a humanitarian organization that fights global poverty. Before joining CARE, she co-founded Hands on Atlanta, an organization that bolsters civic engagement throughout the city by providing more than 400 nonprofits in Greater Atlanta with extra volunteer help.
The daughter of Sam Nunn, a former U.S. Senator from Georgia, she also made a bid herself for the U.S. Senate in 2014—she ultimately lost to Republican candidate David Perdue, before joining CARE in 2015, but has gone on to make a tremendous impact on our city. Today we get a tour of The Big Peach lead by Nunn herself.
I live in… “Inman Park.”
I Wish People Knew… “what a powerhouse Atlanta is for global good—from CARE, to the Carter Center to the Task Force Global Health, the CDC, and The Rollins School at Emory. Atlanta is a base for enormous global leadership in fighting poverty, saving lives, and safeguarding human rights.”
You Can Find Me… “reading in our hammock on the porch, when I am lucky. Right now I’m reading The Great Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World, by Steve Radelet, and Harry Potter and The Cursed Child.”
It’s Dinner Time, I’m headed to… “La Fonda Latina in Candler Park, the perfect family dinner after soccer practice.”
Clock strikes 5 o’clock, I’m drinking… “a La Croix or splurging for an Arden’s Garden smoothie.”
If I Had to Stay in a Hotel, I’d check into… “the Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island, one of Georgia’s (and the world’s) most amazing places.”
Atlanta’s Best Kept Secret is… “our living legends of the Civil Rights movement: Andrew Young, John Lewis, Lonnie King, C.T.
Vivian, and Joseph Lowery embody servant leadership. Atlanta is so fortunate to have their continued civic leadership.”
When I’m Playing Tourist, I go to… “the Center for Civil and Human Rights, an extraordinary touchstone for understanding our past and being inspired to shape our future.”
I Get My Sweat On at “CARE’s upcoming Walk In Her Shoes event at Historic Old Fourth Ward Park on Oct. 1. Hundreds of Atlantans will join me to walk in solidarity with girls around the world—lugging jerry cans of water or walking three miles on the Beltline—as a symbolic measure of the challenges they face daily. Register here to join us.”
I Love Spending My Money “at Jeni’s Ice Cream shop (Darkest Chocolate is my favorite flavor!) and CARE’s Gifts of Lasting Change e-catalog, where I can put together a symbolic CARE Package to help communities around the world where CARE works.”