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Purpose Built Communities offers expert leadership and consultation via a dynamic team of experts who help local leaders working to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty through holistic community revitalization.

Carol R. Naughton

Chief Executive Officer

Carol Redmond Naughton is the Chief Executive Officer of Purpose Built Communities, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving racial equity, economic mobility and health outcomes in communities across the country.

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Carol R. Naughton

Chief Executive Officer

Carol Redmond Naughton is the Chief Executive Officer of Purpose Built Communities, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving racial equity, economic mobility and health outcomes in communities across the country.

Purpose Built works to improve neighborhoods so that they become platforms that support families working to improve their lives. Purpose Built Communities works with local leaders to help them plan, implement and sustain holistic neighborhood revitalization initiatives that create healthy neighborhoods that include broad, deep and permanent pathways to prosperity for low income families.

For seven years leading up to the creation of Purpose Built Communities, she served as the Executive Director of the East Lake Foundation, the innovative nonprofit organization that serves as the “community quarterback organization” for the East Lake neighborhood. Prior to joining the East Lake Foundation, Carol was the General Counsel for Atlanta Housing Authority where she played an instrumental role in the revitalization of traditional public housing communities into economically viable, self-sustaining, mixed-income communities and was a key member of the leadership team that transformed AHA from a failing bureaucracy to a national leader in community development. Prior to joining AHA, Ms. Naughton was engaged in the private practice of law with Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan’s real estate group, where she primarily represented real estate developers, lenders and asset managers.

Ms. Naughton is a graduate of the Emory University School of Law and Colgate University. Ms. Naughton serves as the on the Board of the Directors of the Low Income Investment Fund, and serves on several national advisory boards including Build Healthy Places Network and Fifth Third Bank’s National Community Advisory Forum.

Michelle L. Matthews

Senior Vice President

Michelle Matthews joined Purpose Built Communities in 2016 as Senior Vice President after leading her own consulting company, Matthews Consulting Group (MCG), for more than a decade. She is a trusted advisor with more than 30 years of experience…Read More

Michelle L. Matthews

Senior Vice President

Michelle Matthews joined Purpose Built Communities in 2016 as Senior Vice President after leading her own consulting company, Matthews Consulting Group (MCG), for more than a decade. She is a trusted advisor with more than 30 years of experience in organizational development, change management and consulting. She is a recognized expert when it comes to developing strategies to improve business processes, maximize human capital and increase revenues.

Michelle’s guidance has enabled nonprofit organizations, such as Families First, the Task Force for Global Health, and Communities in Schools of Atlanta; educational institutions, such as Spelman College and Atlanta Public Schools; and numerous Fortune 500 companies, such as Delta Air Lines, Kimberly Clark and Georgia Pacific to implement strategic change and improve individual, team and organizational performance.

Before founding MCG, Michelle was a senior manager for IBM, KPMG Consulting and Accenture. In these positions, Michelle effectively led teams through engagements requiring strategic planning, group facilitation, organizational change management, executive coaching and business process redesign.

Michelle brings passion, experience and integrity to her work. These traits are the foundation of her ability to quickly grasp the internal and external dynamics of an organization or institution, and successfully facilitate strategic planning retreats and team-building sessions. Believing that change is always possible, Michelle is deeply committed to collaborating with organizations to create customized strategies that are easy to understand and designed to put clients on the path to achieving results that are both remarkable and measurable.

Michelle is a member of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), and the Atlanta Chapter of the Association for Strategic Planning. She is also a board member for the Quality Care for Children.

An authority on adapting to changing environments, Michelle has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Black Enterprise and Smart Money. She has also appeared as a CNN guest on the program “Your Money,” where she shared her experiences in leadership and change. In 2011, Michelle received the Atlanta Business League’s Business Achievement Award, and she was featured in the 2012 November/December issue of Minority Business Entrepreneur magazine. In 2013-2014 Michelle was host of “Growth Matters”, a weekly radio show where she dialogued with executives and entrepreneurs about their insights into growing an organization in today’s competitive environment.

Michelle graduated summa cum laude from Spelman College, with an economics degree.

Zenith Houston

Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

Houston is a strategic senior executive with more than twenty years of proven experience in successfully driving innovation to build growth and long-term sustainability for diverse national and local organizations.

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Zenith Houston

Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

Houston is a strategic senior executive with more than twenty years of proven experience in successfully driving innovation to build growth and long-term sustainability for diverse national and local organizations.

Mikki Anderson

Vice President

Mikki is a seasoned and passionate community development professional whose career has been intentionally focused on affordable housing development, community engagement and capacity building.

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Mikki Anderson

Vice President

Mikki is a seasoned and passionate community development professional whose career has been intentionally focused on affordable housing development, community engagement and capacity building.

For more than 13 years prior to joining Purpose Built Communities, Mikki served as Vice President of Development for The Michaels Organization, one of the nation’s largest affordable housing developers. Before relocating to Michaels’ Atlanta office in 2017, Mikki served as Vice President in Michaels’ Chicago office where she played an integral role in the development of more than 1,500 housing units under the Chicago Housing Authority’s Plan for Transformation.

Prior to working for Michaels, Mikki served as Program Officer for Housing and Economic Development for the Steans Family Foundation, whose mission focused solely on the revitalization of the North Lawndale neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side. At the Foundation, Mikki was responsible for creating and implementing strategies for supporting affordable housing development and economic growth opportunities. She also provided housing-related technical assistance to non-profit, community-based housing developers and Community Development Corporations.

Her professional experience also includes a post as Development Manager with The Habitat Company, a Chicago-based for-profit housing developer charged with serving as the court-appointed Receiver for the Chicago Housing Authority. As Development Manager, Mikki had primary responsibility for the day-to-day management of a variety of development efforts including comprehensive HOPE VI, mixed income, and mixed finance revitalization efforts as well as more conventional scattered site developments.

Ms. Anderson received a BA in English from Northern Illinois University and additionally completed extensive studies in housing and community development through certifications from the Urban Developers Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Chicago Rehab Network’s award-winning Community Empowerment Series.

Catalina Sibilsky

Vice President of Educational Initiatives

Catalina leads the instructional team at Purpose Built Communities working toward a comprehensive cradle-to-college education strategy for each Purpose Built Communities Network Member. This work includes direct consultation with schools,…Read More

Catalina Sibilsky

Vice President of Educational Initiatives

Catalina leads the instructional team at Purpose Built Communities working toward a comprehensive cradle-to-college education strategy for each Purpose Built Communities Network Member. This work includes direct consultation with schools, districts, community quarterback organizations and boards on the implementation of a high quality education pipeline in a Purpose Built Community. This work includes supporting schools in the replication of the instructional model originated at Charles R. Drew Charter school in the East Lake community. Additionally, Catalina works with the Purpose Built Communities consultant team to strategize immediate and long term-planning for the implementation of a high quality educational programs resulting in strong academic outcomes for students in each phase of the Education Pipeline – Early Learning, Elementary, Middle and High School.

Catalina has worked with the Purpose Built Communities team since 2015 when she launched the Purpose Built Communities Principal Residency Program.  She has twenty-five years of experience working in urban public schools.  She has been a central office administrator, a school principal and a teacher in Atlanta Public Schools, City Schools of Decatur Schools and The Howard School, all in metro Atlanta.  Catalina has focused her work most recently in both teacher and leadership development.  This has included leading professional development programs in aspiring leaders and support for new teachers and principals.  Catalina has worked as a consultant for Charles R. Drew Charter School as a project manager focused on implementing state and federal grants on the sustainability and dissemination of the work at Drew.

Catalina is thrilled to be working with Purpose Built Communities and all the education initiatives that will continue to grow across the network.

Melissa Devereaux

Vice President

Melissa Devereaux brings over 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, development and volunteer/partner engagement to her work with Purpose Built Communities. Melissa is a creative fundraising strategist and loves inviting and engaging…Read More

Melissa Devereaux

Vice President

Melissa Devereaux brings over 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, development and volunteer/partner engagement to her work with Purpose Built Communities. Melissa is a creative fundraising strategist and loves inviting and engaging volunteers and partners into the work of improving the community for all who live there. She began working with Purpose Built Communities in 2015 as a consultant in the California Bay Area, where she advised the Oakland Purpose Built Network Member, Castlemont Renaissance, and was an independent consultant with several other organizations.

Previously, Melissa spent the bulk of her career in Atlanta, where she served in a range of leadership roles in local nonprofit organizations. As Development Director for The Georgia Justice Project (GJP), Melissa was responsible for raising 100% of the organization’s revenue and led an innovative and successful 25th anniversary campaign that capitalized GJP’s five-year strategic growth plan. As Senior Deputy Finance Director for the Michelle Nunn for Senate Campaign, Melissa was part of a team that raised money and directed volunteers across the state. Previously, she served as Development Director for Hands On Atlanta where she launched the organization’s individual giving efforts. She has provided consulting services to a range of nonprofits including Points of Light, The New School, Hands On Georgia, and the Atlanta Women’s Foundation.

Melissa currently serves on the Selection Advisory Council of GreenLight Fund Bay Area. Prior to relocating, she served on the Board of the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School and The Odyssey Family Counseling Center. She founded The Friends of the Grant Park Pool. Melissa holds a B.A. in Psychology and History from Emory University and an M.S. from the College of Education at The Florida State University. She resides in the East Bay area of California with her husband and two children.

Evan Smith

Vice President

Evan Smith is a Vice President at Purpose Built Communities, a non-profit, pro bono consulting firm that believes everyone deserves the opportunity to live and raise their children in communities where they can achieve their full potential. Evan…Read More

Evan Smith

Vice President

Evan Smith is a Vice President at Purpose Built Communities, a non-profit, pro bono consulting firm that believes everyone deserves the opportunity to live and raise their children in communities where they can achieve their full potential. Evan provides consulting and technical assistance to local leaders implementing a proven neighborhood revitalization strategy designed to create a healthy, mixed-income neighborhood with pathways to prosperity for the lowest-income families.

Prior to Purpose Built, he worked as an educator. As a teacher, he led his students to achieve significant academic progress. As a manager at Teach For America, he developed and led professional development efforts, on both a regional and national level, to increase classroom rigor and student achievement. While working as a manager in the Teach For America – Rio Grande Valley office, he created and championed an alternative goal-setting methodology that was adopted by the other Texas regions. He began his career as a 7th grade math teacher and soccer coach in Edcouch, Texas.

Born and raised in LaBelle, Florida, Evan loves outdoor adventures. He has hiked more than 600 miles of the Appalachian Trail with plans to hike the entire trail; paddled all the Wilderness Waterway (in Everglades NP); and summited Mount Whitney, the highest point in the continental United States.

Alexandra Wiggins

Vice President

Alexandra Wiggins supports current Network Members and assists new prospects as Vice President for Purpose Built Communities. Alex is a graduate of Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center where she received her Juris Doctor as well…Read More

Alexandra Wiggins

Vice President

Alexandra Wiggins supports current Network Members and assists new prospects as Vice President for Purpose Built Communities. Alex is a graduate of Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center where she received her Juris Doctor as well as a Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law. While in law school she served as an educational law policy analyst and legal extern for former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and then served as a policy fellow with the Georgia Governor’s Office of Student Achievement shortly after graduation.

Prior to entering law school, Alexandra was a Metro Atlanta Teach for America (TFA) corps member where she spent two years as an elementary educator with a Fulton County Charter School. She served as grade level chair and was selected as a national TFA first year corps member case study for excellence in teaching. Her passion for education and the desire to mandate high quality education for all students regardless of socioeconomic factors led her to explore education law and policy, specifically the constitutionality of educational gerrymandering and halting additional forms of educational segregation.

Alexandra is a proud Georgia Bulldawg – completing her undergraduate studies at The University of Georgia as both an NCAA Scholar Athlete dancer and HOPE Scholarship recipient.

Katie Delp

Vice President of Network Development and Engagement

Katie Delp has committed her career to developing communities into thriving socially, economically and racially equitable neighborhoods. As Vice President of Network Development and Engagement at Purpose Built Communities, she supports…Read More

Katie Delp

Vice President of Network Development and Engagement

Katie Delp has committed her career to developing communities into thriving socially, economically and racially equitable neighborhoods. As Vice President of Network Development and Engagement at Purpose Built Communities, she supports place-based leaders across the nation to improve equity and opportunities for high-priority neighborhoods. Katie previously served as Executive Director of Focused Community Strategies (FCS) and led multiple initiatives creating mixed-income housing, economic development, job creation, youth development and food security in neighborhoods on Atlanta’s south side. She holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from Texas Tech University, and is a candidate for an MBA in Real Estate from Georgia State University. She actively gives back to her community by serving on the boards of organizations such as Tapestry Development Group, Carver Cluster Foundation, Wesley International Academy, and Friends of South Atlanta Parks. Katie and her husband, Jeff, are parents to Sam and Maya and have been residents of Historic South Atlanta since 2001.

April Callen

Director of Racial Equity Programs

April Callen is the Director, Racial Equity Programs at Purpose Built Communities. She provides critical leadership to and project management of all aspects of Purpose Built and the network’s racial equity and justice work, including the Truist…Read More

April Callen

Director of Racial Equity Programs

April Callen is the Director, Racial Equity Programs at Purpose Built Communities. She provides critical leadership to and project management of all aspects of Purpose Built and the network’s racial equity and justice work, including the Truist Foundation Racial Equity Ambassadors program. A cultural critic and communications strategist by training, April has analyzed popular media and communications, politics, and culture to identify necessary intervention points to tell new, more affirming stories about Black people and other people of the global majority for more than ten years. Collaborating with media and nonprofit organizations through various platforms across different issue areas, April’s practice is to support advocates in developing deeper understandings of racial equity, gender justice, and economic mobility and applying those lessons to their own work in purposeful, creative, and engaging ways. Before joining Purpose Built, April was a principal strategist at the FrameWorks Institute, a communications think tank based in Washington, DC. There, April worked alongside a multi-disciplinary team of social scientists to advance the organization’s strategic outreach and engagement initiatives with partners across various advocacy fields, including housing, education, health, and human services. During her time at FrameWorks, April co-led a project to reframe intergenerational poverty and race to support Purpose Built’s narrative change strategies. April also led FrameWorks’ equity working group and external communications efforts. Prior to joining FrameWorks, April was the manager of communications at Chicago Foundation for Women and a frequent on-air contributor to Vocalo, a next-generation radio station part of Chicago Public Media. She holds a BA in communications and rhetoric studies from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and an MA in media, culture, and society from DePaul University in Chicago.

Ashley Bozarth

Knowledge Manager

Ashley Bozarth joined Purpose Built Communities as Knowledge Manager, a newly created role supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in early 2020. In this capacity, she plays a central role in building relationships among…Read More

Ashley Bozarth

Knowledge Manager

Ashley Bozarth joined Purpose Built Communities as Knowledge Manager, a newly created role supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in early 2020. In this capacity, she plays a central role in building relationships among Purpose Built network members across the country, in order to strengthen the ability of neighborhood revitalization leaders to share best practices and apply effective strategies in their respective communities. This work focuses on building a community of practice via peer-to-peer engagement, documentation of best practices and innovation, and regular convenings of network members.

Ashley began her career as a kindergarten and second grade teacher at an elementary school in Philadelphia as a Teach for America corps member. She then spent two years teaching students English as a second language in Lyon, France. Before joining Purpose Built, Ashley was a community and economic development research analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, specializing in workforce development policy. She helped to launch the Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity and coordinated the publication of Investing in America’s Workforce: Improving Outcomes for Workers and Employers, an anthology of best practices in workforce development written by practitioners and policymakers around the country.

A proud product of Georgia public schools, Ashley grew up in Atlanta attending Atlanta Public Schools and then went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and French from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology. At Georgia Tech, her applied research focused on permanent supportive housing and Housing First policies, equitable local economic development practices, as well as how planners and city officials can better engage with and incorporate the perspectives of immigrant/refugee populations into policymaking processes.

When she isn’t reflecting on communities of practice, Ashley enjoys exploring near and far places by foot, bike, and public transportation. She is an avid runner and hopes to run in all six marathons of the Abbott World Marathon Majors.

Linda Roberts

Office Manager and Executive Administrator

Linda Roberts joined Purpose Built Communities in its infancy in 2009. As office manager and executive administrator she is responsible for many of the key operational functions that allow Purpose Built’s team members provide their services to…Read More

Linda Roberts

Office Manager and Executive Administrator

Linda Roberts joined Purpose Built Communities in its infancy in 2009. As office manager and executive administrator she is responsible for many of the key operational functions that allow Purpose Built’s team members provide their services to advance holistic neighborhood revitalization across the country. She is one of the main coordinators and facilitators of convenings, tours, and events that help Purpose Built Communities Network Members develop and advance their initiatives and prospects learn about the Purpose Built model of holistic revitalization.

Prior to Purpose Built Communities, Linda had 15 years of experience in executive administration, account management, and sales in both the private and nonprofit sectors.

Linda resides in Dawsonville, GA with her husband, their three children, and four dogs.

Ben Lewis

Special Assistant to the CEO

Ben is the Special Assistant to the CEO at Purpose Built Communities. He is serving at Purpose Built Communities as part of his doctoral program in educational leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The…Read More

Ben Lewis

Special Assistant to the CEO

Ben is the Special Assistant to the CEO at Purpose Built Communities. He is serving at Purpose Built Communities as part of his doctoral program in educational leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The goal of his program is to prepare leaders to have a systemic impact on the American education sector.

Prior to this role, Ben served as a principal in Denver, CO, where he led a high school to improve two tiers on the state’s school accountability system. Before that he served as an assistant principal, English and social studies teacher, track coach, and community school coordinator in Philadelphia. In these roles he established a high school writing assessment system, built a senior research curriculum, established and sustained a recess program, and managed partnerships with enrichment program providers. In all of his work, he saw many students achieve great successes, but was struck by how a child’s zip code remained a significant predictor of their life outcomes. In addition to supporting high quality schools, he is energized by the potential to improve conditions in neighborhoods so that all children can reach their full potential.

Ben holds a B.A. in Urban Studies and Africana Studies and an MS.Ed., both from the University of Pennsylvania. He resides in Albuquerque, NM and enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, hiking, camping, cooking out, and being outside.

We believe this work will have a lasting impact and demonstrate to policymakers that there is a place-based solution to intergenerational urban poverty.
~ Shirley FranklinFormer executive board chair, Purpose Built Communities

Purpose Built Communities is supported by:

CF Foundation
Warren Buffett
Robertson Foundation
Ballmer Group
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Blue Meridian Partners
GA Power
JPM Chase
RWJF
Truist Foundation

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