ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed announced today that Mario Cambardella has been named Urban Agriculture Director and will join the administration on December 3, 2015. His appointment, a first for the City of Atlanta, will support Atlanta’s efforts to become a top tier city in the U.S. for sustainability.
In his role, Mr. Cambardella will be responsible for a wide range of activities related to urban agriculture, including agricultural policy development and facilitating the conversion of brownfields into urban gardens. He is currently serving as co-founder and CEO of Urban Agriculture, a firm that provides planning, design, and construction management of food-producing landscapes for commercial, municipal, and residential clients. Cambardella is also part of the design team that won the Trinity Avenue Garden competition earlier this year.
“We are pleased to have Mario Cambardella join the City as the Urban Agriculture Director,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “With strong collaborative partners like Georgia Organics, the Atlanta Local Food Initiative, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and the Atlanta Beltline, Inc., this position will be integral to the city’s continued progress on growing Atlanta’s urban agricultural community. Mr. Cambardella will be joining the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability that is energized and organized around expanding urban agriculture sites and increasing access to locally grown foods.”
“We look forward to having Mario join our team,” said Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. “He will be critical to us realizing the goals set forth in our Power to Change sustainability initiative, which aims to bring local, healthy food within a half-mile of 75 percent of all residents by 2020.”
Mr. Cambardella holds dual Masters Degrees in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and Design and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, all from the University of Georgia.