For 36 years and counting, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful has been a community-focused, volunteer-led nonprofit organization based in Gwinnett County – and for 30 of those years, Connie Wiggins has served at the helm of our organization as Executive Director. Shortly after announcing her retirement in early 2016, our Board of Directors launched a search to find Connie’s successor – not an easy task with such big shoes to fill. We are proud to announce that the search has come to an end as we welcome Schelly Marlatt as Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful’s new Executive Director.
No stranger to our organization, Schelly once served as GCB’s Community Outreach and Human Resources Manager. In the years since, this Leadership Gwinnett graduate and dedicated volunteer has served as a Gwinnett County employee with her earliest focuses on marketing, education and community outreach. Her latest role as Section Manager for Gwinnett County’s Solid Waste and Recovered Materials Division gives way to her new role as Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful’s Executive Director – to which she brings a great deal of enthusiasm and vision.
“As a longtime Gwinnettian, I am truly honored to carry on the vision set forth by Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful’s founding members, Board of Directors and my amazing predecessor, Connie Wiggins,” said Schelly. “Working in conjunction with an incredible staff and team of volunteers, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners and the leadership at Keep America Beautiful, I believe there’s no limit to all that we can accomplish together over the NEXT 36 years!”
With the addition of Schelly also comes the news of a move from Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful’s current facilities in Duluth to a new location at 446 W Crogan Street, Suite 225 in the heart of Lawrenceville, adjacent to the Justice and Administration Building. The move marks a new agreement between Gwinnett County and our organization. While we have shared a long and successful partnership with the County since our organization’s launch in 1980, under the new agreement, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful will continue to operate as a volunteer-led nonprofit organization and work directly with County staff including Schelly and longtime GCB Program Manager, Sumner Gann. Our focus on environmental stewardship and education programs like Adopt-A-Road, Adopt-A-Stream, litter and graffiti prevention, waste reduction and recycling awareness, and community events paired with our passionate pursuit to make Gwinnett the “cleanest, greenest, most livable community in the United States” remains unchanged.