Meet Our Team

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NATALIE JOHNSTON-RUSSELL, executive director

Natalie oversees organizational administration and planning, community partnerships, fund development, and staff and board training. She has over 14 years of experience as a nonprofit leader, most recently serving with the Red Cross, and she received B.S. degrees in biology and psychology at the University of Alabama. She loves working with passionate people across the state to influence communities to take action and make positive changes for the environment, and on a personal level, wants to preserve Georgia’s beauty and natural resources for her own children and generations to come. In fact, you can find Natalie almost any weekend out exploring the state with her family.

You can reach Natalie at 404-679-4910 or

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MEAGAN WHITEHEAD, Program & affiliate support Manager

Meagan supports affiliates across the state in programming, training, and technical assistance. She has over eight years of combined experience in hospitality, tourism, and public relations, and has worked for Emory University, Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, and numerous hotels in Asheville, North Carolina. A Georgia native, she received a B.S. in sociology and anthropology from Berry College in 2008, and enjoys working with a system that not only improves the environment but changes the behaviors of a community. Meagan loves the diverse landscapes Georgia has to offer, and you can find her traversing them with her dog when she’s not busy renovating her home, reading, or hosting unique events for her friends.

You can reach Meagan at 404-679-1580 or

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TAYLOR SCHWENSOHN, communications & MArketing manager

Taylor has worn many different hats as a storyteller. Whether she's drafting blog posts, building digital campaigns, or generating ideas for print and broadcast media, she loves to create compelling content and get it out into the world. Before joining the team at the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation, she managed communications and public affairs at Teach For America, sourcing and developing stories that increased awareness of the organization and solidified its brand. Taylor received a B.A. in Creative Writing from Macalester College in 2008, and as a lifelong environmental advocate, feels honored to promote KGBF’s mission. When she’s not in the office, you can find her reading, pursuing her passions in photography and writing, or finding new places to travel and enjoy the outdoors with her husband and dog. Her favorite locations in Georgia include Cumberland Island and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

You can reach Taylor at 404-235-0149 or