“A key part of implementing our transformative model starts with hiring the best and brightest people. We’re proud that we’re able to attract top talent across the board and bring in people who are truly committed to neighborhoods becoming platforms to prosperity and racial equity,” said Carol R. Naughton, CEO, Purpose Built Communities. “The work we do is complex and requires a diverse group of people, with varied experience, but all roles share a deep passion for changing neighborhoods and lives.”
Here’s a bit about our new team members and their roles.
Amy Clear, Director of Development
Amy Clear will play a crucial role in advancing Purpose Built’s vision for equitable community development by building the Purpose Built brand externally through donor cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation. Clear is a seasoned fundraising professional, formerly serving as a manager at Coxe Curry & Associates. There, she provided strategic fundraising counsel and management to dozens of Atlanta-area nonprofits across capacities ranging from capital campaigns to board development to general fundraising consulting. Her work has spanned sectors such as homelessness and housing, social services, and education.
Amy Odle, Executive Assistant and Coordinator
Amy Odle will provide critical administrative support to the Purpose Built Network Member Services team, as well as lead tour logistics and event planning. With her varied background, Odle brings unique perspective and experience to her role at Purpose Built Communities. Prior to Purpose Built Communities, she worked at Wesley International Academy in Atlanta as an executive assistant, front office manager, and human resources assistant. She also works as a bookkeeper for Remerge, a nonprofit facilitating collaborative opportunities to accelerate belonging & flourishing in local communities. Odle formerly spent 17 years working for Starbucks managing several stores and opening new stores in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
Bobbie Riley, Senior Executive Assistant
Bobbie Riley comes to Purpose Built with over 15 years of experience at Koch Industries/Georgia-Pacific and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her new role. She will provide high-level administrative support to Carol Naughton, CEO and Ellen Newton, CFO. She will also serve as a liaison between the Board of Directors and senior management teams. In addition, Riley will be responsible for organizing and coordinating executive outreach and external relations efforts. Her broad scope of experience supporting busy executives and skills in event planning and budget management will ensure smooth day-to-day operations at Purpose Built Communities.
Kelli Ashwell, Executive Assistant and Coordinator
Kelli Ashwell will provide key administrative support to the Purpose Built Strategy and Impact team. With nearly 10 years of experience as an administrative professional, Kelli is passionate about helping her teams succeed. Prior to Purpose Built Communities, Kelli worked at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as an Executive Assistant and has a background supporting entrepreneurial and legal offices.
Linda Roberts, Human Resources and Office Manager
Linda Roberts, who has been with Purpose Built Communities for 13 years, is moving into a new role as Human Resources and Office Manager. She will continue to be an invaluable asset to our team, ensuring that Purpose Built Communities attracts, retains, and develops top talent.