Building New Opportunities

Purpose Built Schools is building a network of high-performing schools in Atlanta’s lowest-income communities, utilizing the highly successful model of Drew Charter School to provide management services that deliver outstanding results for students and the surrounding neighborhoods.


Meet the leadership team behind Purpose Built Schools and the principals leading our four schools.

Greg Giornelli
Chief Executive Officer
Purpose Built Schools Atlanta

As the former President and COO of Purpose Built Communities, Greg Giornelli lead the creation of Purpose Built Schools. Greg Giornelli has worked on transformational projects at the city and neighborhood levels for more than 20 years, playing diverse leadership roles in the public and nonprofit sectors.


Barbara Preuss
Head of Schools
Purpose Built Schools Atlanta

The Head of Schools is Barbara Preuss, a 30-year veteran of Atlanta Public Schools. Ms. Preuss most recently served as the Principal at the Drew Charter School Elementary Academy. During that time Ms. Preuss led Drew to its current position as one of the consistently highest-performing schools in the city and the state. As head of Schools, Ms. Preuss is responsible for Purpose Built Schools’ instructional program; all Purpose Built Schools principals report to her.


Andrea Arroyo
Director of Community Engagement
Purpose Built Schools Atlanta

Ms. Arroyo has spent over 15 years as an advocate for students and families. As Director of Community Engagement, she is responsible for the strategic and operational oversight of partnership development and family and community engagement initiatives for all four Purpose Built Schools. Prior to joining Purpose Built Schools, she served as Director of New Site Development and Community Engagement…

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Ms. Arroyo has spent over 15 years as an advocate for students and families. As Director of Community Engagement, she is responsible for the strategic and operational oversight of partnership development and family and community engagement initiatives for all four Purpose Built Schools. Prior to joining Purpose Built Schools, she served as Director of New Site Development and Community Engagement with Citizens of the World Charter Schools, where she cultivated relationships and built advocates among community partners, community members and parents in over 11 cities.

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