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Jeanne Wardford, Chair

Senior Program Officer, Kellogg Foundation

Battle Creek, MI


Tené Traylor, Vice Chair

Fund Advisor for Atlanta, Kendeda Fund

Atlanta, GA


Don Phoenix, Secretary

Regional Vice President, Southern Region, NeighborWorks America

Atlanta, GA


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


Presley Gillespie

President, Neighborhood Allies 

Pittsburgh, PA


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


Carey Shea 

Founder, Neighborhood Homes Investment Coalition 

Washington, D.C.


Scot Spencer

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

Baltimore, MD


Dr. Brett Theodos

Senior Fellow and Director of the Community Economic Development Hub, Urban Institute

Washington, D.C.


Mijo Vodopic

Senior Program Officer, Climate Solutions, MacArthur Foundation

Chicago, IL

Jay Williams

President, Hartford Foundation

Hartford, CT


Connie Wright 

Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Housing Foundation

Atlanta, GA