About Us

We are the Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE)

Founded in 2008, PSE is a nonprofit organization that advances policies and institutional actions that promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in the growth of metropolitan Atlanta and the American South. Through forums, research, and organizing efforts, PSE brings together the regional community to lift up and encourage just, sustainable, and civic practices for balanced growth and opportunity.

Our Commitment to Equity
At PSE, we believe that everyone should have equal access to opportunities, resources, and a voice in decision-making processes. We work tirelessly to build a future where no one is left behind. With a focus on energy, growth, health, and opportunity, we aim to create positive change through our ecosystem-based model for multi-demographic engagement.

Connecting, Educating, and (Building Power)
Through our strength in connecting and educating diverse individuals and organizations, we encourage the adoption of just and sustainable practices for shared prosperity. By fostering collaboration, knowledge sharing, and collective action, we amplify the impact of our work and build a strong foundation for long-lasting change. We help communities realize their civic agency and build power through the organization of money, people, and data.

Driving Policy Initiatives
PSE has cultivated strong partnerships and alliances with community leaders, organizations, and policymakers. Together, we have achieved significant policy initiatives that have transformed the landscape of metropolitan Atlanta and the American South. These initiatives have addressed critical issues, ranging from equitable energy access to sustainable urban growth, from improving community health outcomes to expanding economic opportunities.

Join Us in Creating Change
We invite you to join us in our mission to promote racial equity and shared prosperity. There are many ways to get involved and make a difference. You can volunteer your time, participate in our events and programs, or contribute your skills and expertise. By working together, we can create a more equitable and inclusive future for all.

Nathaniel Smith, our CEqO (Chief Equity Officer)

Nathaniel Smith

Nathaniel Smith is the founder and Chief Equity Officer of the Atlanta-based Partnership for Southern Equity. A child of Southern Freedom Movement Activists, Smith works to advance racial equity through an equity agenda, which advances just outcomes that are sensitive to the needs and circumstances of communities – erasing the barriers that stand in the way of success to create the conditions that enable just and fair inclusion into a society in which all people can participate, prosper and reach their full potential.

Meet the PSE Team

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Our team consists of individuals with specialized knowledge in policy advocacy, community engagement, research and analysis, program development, and other key areas. This wide range of expertise enables us to take a holistic approach to advancing our mission of promoting racial equity and shared prosperity. By combining our skills and experiences, we develop comprehensive solutions that have a lasting impact.

Our Work

Through a diverse array of program areas, we tackle systemic barriers and work towards building a just, inclusive society.

Learn about the work we do.

Make a Donation
Your support is vital to our work. Donations enable us to continue our advocacy, outreach, and community empowerment efforts. Your contribution will directly impact the lives of individuals and communities in metropolitan Atlanta and the American South. Every donation, no matter the size, helps us move closer to achieving our vision of a society where racial equity and shared prosperity are the foundation of our collective success.

Thank you for visiting PSE. Together, let's create a future where everyone has equal opportunities to thrive and prosper.