Denise Quarles

Chief City Executive                                                                                Southeast Region  


Appointed by the Americas Cities Center of Competence, where she combines strong leadership and skillful diplomacy to effectively navigate diverse organizations. Denise is responsible for establishing Siemens strategy for the major markets in the Southeast.


Offering 20+ years spearheading powerful alliances among government, academic, nonprofit, community, and private sector entities.  Combines strong leadership and skillful diplomacy to effectively navigate diverse organizations and gain consensus of key stakeholders to ensure project success.  Passion for implementing smart, sustainable and resilient infrastructure initiatives that reduce cost/waste and improve quality of life.  Recognized Subject Matter Expert in smart cities/municipal infrastructure, legislative affairs, resource development, presenting government polices, and detailing potential impacts.


Denise holds a MBA from the University of Detroit and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Wayne State University.    

Press and Publications

  • Ambitious Atlanta: Smart Street Technology in the Cloud
  • Social Media Impact in Georgia
  • "Georgia Infrastructure Must Support Smart Cities" - James eMagazine (March/April 2019)
  • “As a city, we must collectively reduce our carbon footprint, and reduce the burdens we place on our energy and water utilities. But the first step is behavior change.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution – OP-ED Electric Vehicle Here to Stay
  • “Quarles’ most recent milestone, a refresh of Atlanta’s sustainability plan, Power to Change, sets the pathway for realizing Mayor Kasim Reed’s goal of making Atlanta a top-tier city for sustainability. Her office’s priority is to foster an environmentally and economically sound government while merging a multi-stakeholder collaborative that will foster the achievement of both short- and long-term sustainability goals.” Atlanta Business Chronicle – Inaugural Sustainability Who’s Who List
  • Over the past year, we have worked closely with hundreds of Atlanta sustainability advocates to define and refine our sustainability plan," said Denise Quarles, director of sustainability for the city of Atlanta. "With their help, we've developed a strategic approach founded in 10 sustainability impact areas, with more than 30 measures of success. The Power to Change Ambassador Program will help get us to our singular goal - to become a top-tier sustainable city.” Sustainable City Network – City Profile: Atlanta