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Presley Gillespie, Chair

President, Neighborhood Allies 

Pittsburgh, PA


Jeanne Wardford, Vice Chair

Senior Program Officer, Kellogg Foundation

Battle Creek, MI


Margaret Dewar, Secretary

Emeritus Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI


Michael Tierney, Treasurer

Chief Operating Officer of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (retired)

Washington, DC


Katherine Garvey 

Professor and Director of the Land Use Sustainable Development Law Clinic, West Virginia College of Law

Morgantown, WV


Calvin Gladney

President and CEO, Smart Growth America

Washington, DC


William A. Johnson

Former Mayor, Rochester, New York

CEO, Strategic Community Intervention, LLC

Rochester, NY


Ellen M. Lee

Director of Community and Economic Development, City of New Orleans

New Orleans, LA


Lisa Levy

Program Officer, Mercy Corps

Portland, OR


Don Phoenix

Regional Vice President, Southern Region, NeighborWorks America

Atlanta, GA


Scot Spencer

Associate Director for Advocacy and Influence, The Annie E. Casey Foundation 

Baltimore, MD


Tené Traylor

Fund Advisor for Atlanta, Kendeda Fund

Atlanta, GA


Connie Wright 

Assistant Director and National Housing Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo Housing Foundation

Atlanta, GA