Jim Durrett is President and CEO of The Buckhead Coalition and Executive Director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District (CID). Prior to heading up The Buckhead Coalition and the Buckhead CID, Durrett was founding executive director of the Livable Communities Coalition, a not-for-profit organization formed in 2005 to promote smart growth development in the Atlanta region. Prior to that, Durrett served for five years with the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the largest network of cross-disciplinary real estate and land use experts in the world, as the first executive director of ULI’s Atlanta District Council, and the second district council executive director in the U.S.
In addition, Durrett was with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce as the vice president of environmental affairs and was the senior vice president and chief operating officer of The Georgia Conservancy. Durrett began his professional career as a hydrogeologist in the Atlanta office of Golder Associates, an international geotechnical and environmental engineering consulting firm. Durrett is actively involved in the community and currently serves on the following boards and councils: Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) board of directors (which he chaired in 2011); Biophilic Institute executive board (which he chaired from 2016 through 2019); HUB404 Conservancy board of directors and treasurer, and the Responsible Property Investment Council of ULI (immediate past-chairman.)