During her eight years in leadership, Shirley Franklin launched executed major infrastructure projects and advocated for reform in government operations and ethics. She also initiated the Regional Commission on Homelessness and developed key public-sector and business partnerships. Since leaving office, she has co-chaired the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta’s Regional Commission on Homelessness, which helps the area’s homeless population of more than 2,100.
Today, Shirley Franklin is active in many endeavors, including presiding over a consulting company and serving on corporate and nonprofit boards. She is also a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin.