ATLANTA, GA – Georgia Trend Magazine named Maria Thacker Goethe, Chief Executive Officer at Center for Global Health Innovation (The Center) and President & CEO of Georgia Bio, as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians in 2022 for her work advancing Georgia as a top bioscience and MedTech hub. The Center just announced the launch of a Global Health Innovation District, a research and development hub for the global health, life sciences and technology sectors, that will open in Midtown Atlanta in 2022.

The list also included other Latinx leaders: Angel Cabrera, President, Georgia Institute of Technology; Santiago Marquez, CEO, Latin American Association; Sam Zamarripa, CEO of Intent Solutions and Chair of Mundo Hispanico and former Chair of GALEO, Dr. Carlos Del Rio, Hubert Professor, and Chair, Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Professor of Medicine, Emory University; Frank Fernandez, President, and CEO, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta; Barbara Rivera Holmes, President & CEO, Albany Area Chamber of Commerce; Gil Prado, Executive Director, Boulevard Community Improvement District; and, Ivan Shammas, General Manager & General Sales Manager, Telemundo Atlanta.

“There are thousands of people who help ensure the state remains at the top for doing business and improving the lives of all of its citizens. That is especially true as the world continues to face challenges from COVID-19 and political conflicts, among others. For this, the 24th annual listing of the 100 Most Influential Georgians, Georgia Trend assembled a group of remarkable people, many of whom have tackled those issues and more,” stated Georgia Trend Magazine (January 2022).

Below, the “100 Most Influential Georgians” included other prominent names like:
• Stacey Abrams, Founder & Chair, Fair Fight Action
• Ed Bastian, CEO, Delta Air Lines
• Gary Black, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Agriculture
• Karen Bremer, President & CEO, Georgia Restaurant Association
• Angel Cabrera, President, Georgia Institute of Technology
• Chris Carr, Attorney General of Georgia
• Stephanie Cho, Outgoing Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta
• Chris Clark, President & CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce
• Andre Dickens, Mayor, City of Atlanta
• Geoff Duncan, Lt. Governor of Georgia
• Jerry Gonzalez, CEO, GALEO & GALEO Impact Fund
• Steve Gooch, Majority Whip, Georgia Senate
• Jan Jones, Speaker Pro-Tempore, Georgia House of Representatives
• Brian Kemp, Governor of Georgia
• Milton Little, President & CEO, United way of Greater Atlanta
• Santiago Marquez, CEO, Latin American Association
• Nick Masino, President & CEO, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
• Sharon Mason, President & CEO, Cobb Chamber of Commerce
• Craig Menear, Chair, CEO & President, The Home Depot
• Jeffrey Parker, CEO & General Manager, MARTA
• Tyler Perry, Producer, Director, Actor, Writer, Philanthropist, Founder, Tyler Perry Studios
• Jon Ossoff, U.S. Senator
• James Quincy, President & CEO, The Coca-Cola Company
• Brad Raffensperger, Secretary of State, Georgia
• David Ralston, Speaker, Georgia House of Representatives
• Nathaniel Smith, Founder and Chief Equity Officer, Partnership for Southern Equity
• Michael Thurmond, CEO, DeKalb County
• Carol Tome, CEO, UPS
• Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Public Health
• Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
• Raphael Warnock, U.S. Senator & Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church
• Nikema Williams, Congresswoman, U.S. House of Representatives and Chair of the Georgia Democratic Party
• Chris Womack, Chair, President & CEO, Georgia Power
• Andrea Young, Executive Director, ACLU of Georgia
• Sam Zamarripa, CEO of Intent Solutions and Chair of Mundo Hispanico.

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