Amy Phuong

Amy Phuong is Vice President of Government Relations for the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena. This position is an expansion of the Atlanta Hawks’ External Affairs efforts to unite the broader Atlanta community through the play of basketball while deepening the organization’s relationships with local and state leaders. Amy is responsible for the Hawks’ strategic government and external affairs strategy which includes managing various lobbying efforts and policy regulation. She served as Chief Operating Officer for Saving Our Atlanta Region’s Residents (SOARR), a regionally coordinated, cross-sector response to the growing eviction crisis of renters in Atlanta, as an Executive on Loan in 2021. In this role, she was responsible for helping to operationalize this effort by bringing together public and private resources and a diverse set of civic leaders to keep families stabilized and housed for the duration of COVID-19.

Prior to joining the Atlanta Hawks, Amy spent nearly a decade in public service; most recently serving as Parks and Recreation Commissioner and the first Chief Service Officer for the City of Atlanta. Amy has also been a long-time leader and supporter of numerous civic and philanthropic organizations dedicated to improving Atlanta. She has deep relationships with Atlanta’s arts, culture, civic and academic communities.

Under Amy’s direction, the Department of Parks and Recreation budget grew from $30 million to $39 million. She oversaw the completion of several new greenspaces and outdoor pools as well as the development of some of the City’s most ambitious and transformational park projects including the future Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry, the Grant Park Gateway and the largest, strategic expansion to date for Atlanta’s signature public park, Piedmont Park. Amy also spearheaded the design and construction of the $24 million Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation and Aquatic Center in the Historic Old Fourth Ward. She also championed the launch of the Centers of Hope initiative and Hot Meals program in 2013.

Amy has volunteered on recent board positions with the Ivan Allen College Board of Advisors (Board Chair), Multi-Agency Alliance for Children (Board Secretary), Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Trust for Public Land, Chattahoochee NOW, LISC Atlanta, Hands On Atlanta, Outstanding Atlanta, Georgia Tech Alumni Association, Children’s Museum of Atlanta, and Dad’s Garage Theater. She is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, Urban Land Institute’s CFL program, Regional Leadership Institute, Annie E. Casey Foundation’s ALR program, and LEAD Atlanta. In 2013, she was one of 18 national participants on the “Albright Challenge” initiative through M.I.T. Amy was honored in “Atlanta 500” by the Atlanta Magazine (2020, 2021, 2022), “40 Under 40” by Georgia Tech (2022) and the Atlanta Business Chronicle (2017), “Inspiring Women” by the Atlanta Dream (2016), GA Asian Times’ “25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia” Award (2015), Georgia’s Diversity Council’s “Most Powerful & Influential Women” Award (2013), Apex Society’s “Power 30 Under 30” Award (2011), and the Secretary of State Award for “Excellence in Citizenship.” She holds a B.S. in International Affairs and an MBA from Georgia Tech and served as Student Body President in her undergraduate senior year.

Amy is a native Atlantan and currently resides in the Reynoldstown neighborhood with her husband and son.