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“Leveraging relationships is the best way to maximize investments, but it takes strategic thinking, focused attention, effective communication, and an understanding of the process at hand.”

Malaika Rivers

Ms. Rivers is a Principal with Lexicon Strategies. Her expertise bridges the technical, political, and financial approaches that comprise successful public-private partnerships. Her efforts help companies and communities position their needs and leverage their resources while shepherding them through complex mazes of infrastructure and community development.

Prior to joining the Lexicon team, Ms. Rivers spent 22 years leading the efforts of Georgia’s first community improvement district (CID), the Cumberland CID. As Executive Director, Ms. Rivers oversaw collaborations between commercial real estate investors, politicians, governments, and technical teams. With the help of her leadership, the submarket successfully leveraged $140M in commercial real estate value into more than $2B in transportation capital improvements. It also grew an additional 6M square feet, or $3B worth of commercial and multifamily real estate.

Ms. Rivers played instrumental roles in planning and delivering projects on behalf of many prominent real estate partners, including the Atlanta Braves and their $1.3B state-of-the-art stadium, SunTrust Park. Key infrastructure included the $875M I-75 Northwest Corridor Managed Lanes, the $60M U.S. Highway 41 reconstruction, and the $100M Cumberland Trail & Pedestrian Network.

A four-time “Notable Georgian” by Georgia Trend Magazine, Ms. Rivers has also been honored with a “100 Influential Women to Know” distinction by the American Council of Engineering Companies, a “25 Power Women to Watch” by Atlanta Woman magazine, a “40 Under 40” by both Georgia Trend Magazine and the Atlanta Business Chronicle, and a “Woman of Achievement” by the YWCA.

Ms. Rivers has served as an appointment by the Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Council for Quality Growth, and the Livable Communities Council. She is active with the Urban Land Institute and a member of Lambda Alpha International, a land economics society. She is also a graduate of the Regional Leadership Institute as well as Leadership Cobb.

In earlier capacities, Ms. Rivers was with the Atlanta Regional Commission and before that, with private industry in Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia. She holds a B.S. from Virginia Tech and is an avid hiker, an enthusiastic world traveler, and a volunteer helping to feed, clothe, and house those in need. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her two children.