Board of Commissioners

The following members comprise the AH Board of Commissioners:

Christopher R. Edwards, M.D. (Chair)

Dr. Edwards is an Atlanta-based orthopedic surgeon who specializes in adult spinal disorders. A graduate of Morehouse College and Morehouse School of Medicine, he completed his internship and residency at Tulane University. Dr. Edwards is a former president of the Georgia Physicians Association, a former vice president of the Grady Hospital Board of Trustees and a former chair of the United Way of Greater Atlanta Health Committee. Currently, he serves as a member of the board of trustees of the Morehouse School of Medicine and is the chief medical officer for AWC Networks, LLC, a company that provides health-related technology and cost-containment services.


Robert J. Rumley III (Vice Chair)

A vice president and financial advisor for Morgan Stanley, Mr. Rumley is a graduate of Morehouse College and Georgia State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master of science degree in finance, respectively. A member of The Galloway School Board of Trustees, Mr. Rumley was named by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of 2012’s 40 Under 40. He is the recipient of The Galloway School’s Black History Community Leadership Harvest Award.


James Allen Jr.

A decorated veteran of the United States Army, Mr. Allen is also a retired employee of Atlanta Housing, where he spent 28 years. Mr. Allen is actively involved in civic and community leadership in Atlanta, currently serving as a member of the Atlanta Commission on Aging, a senior ambassador to the Adamsville Recreation Center and as a member of the Zone 4 Community Prosecutor’s Court Watch Team. Mr. Allen also served as vice president of the Hightower Manor High-rise Resident Council.


Petrina Howard

Petrina Howard is a retired professional school counselor with Atlanta Public Schools. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in social work and corrections and a Master of Science degree in guidance and counseling from Jacksonville State University. She also earned a Master of Science degree in school counseling from Fort Valley State University. She is a member of Cascade United Methodist Church, where she is involved with the homeless ministry; the Metropolitan Atlanta Communities Collaborative; Nu Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; and the Georgia Association of Retired Educators. Additionally, she is a veteran real estate investor.


Robert Highsmith Jr.

Robert Highsmith is an attorney for Holland & Knight and practices regulatory and administrative law, public policy litigation, government contracting and government relations. A graduate of Yale College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in English, and the University of Georgia School of Law, Mr. Highsmith serves on Governor Nathan Deal’s Judicial Nominating Committee (JNC). He has served as assistant general counsel to the Georgia Republican Party, chief of staff to the Republican Caucus of the Georgia House of Representatives and policy director to the 1998 Republican nominee for governor of Georgia. He has been recognized in the Best Lawyers in America guide for Atlanta Government Relations Lawyer of the Year and Government Relations Practice, the Legal 500 USA and Client Service All-Star by the BTI Consulting Group, Inc.


Kirk Rich

Kirk Rich, a graduate of Pepperdine University, has more than 35 years of commercial real estate experience. He was president of Rich Real Estate Services, which he founded in 2001, and is currently a principal at Avison Young, providing brokerage and consulting services for commercial and residential transactions. He has served on the board of Invest Atlanta and as co-chair of the mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Council. Additionally, he serves on the Georgia State University real estate honorary board. He has also chaired the board of Jerusalem House, the largest provider of housing in the U.S. for individuals and families dealing with HIV/AIDS.