Linda Ford

Director of Business Services

Linda works with business and property owners to maintain an economically vibrant Central Business District.  She manages communication with downtown stakeholders, promotions, and ADDA business operations.  Linda has an M.S. in chemistry from the University of Georgia and owned a small business in Athens for more than 20 years.  She has served as director of the State of Georgia Elections Division and was District 7 Athens-Clarke County Commissioner from 1999 – 2002. 

David Lynn

Director of Planning and Outreach

David works with downtown stakeholders to develop community partnerships and manage special projects. David graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. David’s career has included work in both the public and private sector including: city planning; GIS; commercial real estate; and law enforcement. David also served as a Athens-Clarke County Commissioner representing District 5 from 2002— 2010.

Rachel Swartz

Business Coordinator

Rachel Swartz is the Business Coordinator for ADDA whose responsibilities include accounts payable, accounts receivable, and Human Resources. She also manages the Façade Grant Program and other various ADDA projects. Originally from Ohio, Rachel majored in Communications and Environmental Science at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan. Rachel has been with ADDA since 2019. Before joining ADDA, Rachel worked with the Clinton County, Ohio, Solid Waste District, and was also a Health Inspector in Oakland County, Michigan.

Elise LeQuire

Marketing Coordinator

Elise manages various projects relating to ADDA and its relationship with the downtown Athens community, general public, and local organizations. Elise also writes press releases, ADDA’s Around Downtown newsletter, and content for ADDA’s social media. In addition, she manages ADDA’s advertising and public relations, Main Street program and DABA’s downtown gift certificate program, as well as coordinating ADDA’s CEP Fund, which supports special events that promote downtown Athens. Prior to joining ADDA, Elise earned a B.A. in English Language and Literature from University of Virginia, and worked in marketing and public relations for CNN and KPMG, in addition to working as a freelance writer and editor.

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