Stocks in the Future has named Bill Atkinson to its board of directors. Atkinson is senior vice president of Weber Shandwick‘s Baltimore office. He specializes in strategic communications, crisis communications and media relations. Areas of expertise include corporate environmental issues, financial institutions, manufacturing, law firms and labor relations. Atkinson is a former business columnist and financial reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He has more than 20 years of experience in journalism. Stocks in the Future is a nonprofit working to improve the attendance and performance of middle school students in underserved areas who have high absentee rates. Through a partnership with Johns Hopkins University and support from the Bernstein Family Foundation, it has developed a curriculum that teaches students financial literacy skills with a focus on investing.