Banta, the former general manager of Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta, had served as the conservancy’s executive vice president and chief operating officer of since January.
Following a thorough search process, the conservancy’s board chose Banta for his management experience and alignment with conservancy core values.
“I’m honored to have been chosen to lead Piedmont Park Conservancy, particularly during the 25th anniversary of the organization,” he said. “This anniversary year provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate our successes as well as develop a strong plan for the continued growth and sustainability of Atlanta’s favorite park.”
In Banta’s new role, he will focus on support for new amenities, strengthening the conservancy’s relationship with the city and improving the experience of park users. He will also lead the effort to continue and expand educational opportunities for the community like field trips, EnviroVentures day camps, Green Market and educational gardens.
“We are thrilled to have found a leader with expertise in both park management and green space sustainability,” said John Johnson, the conservancy’s board chair. “We are confident in Mark’s passion about our mission and ability to lead the long-term success of Piedmont Park Conservancy.”