Carol R. Naughton

President and Chief Executive Officer

Carol sets the strategic vision for the organization with a focus on the growth, development and impact of Purpose Built, its Network and the communities they serve.

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Carol R. Naughton

President and Chief Executive Officer

Carol Redmond Naughton is the Chief Executive Officer of Purpose Built Communities Foundation. Purpose Built supports local leaders who are implementing resident-centered, holistic, and cross-sectoral neighborhood revitalization initiatives that create pathways to prosperity for all neighbors. Carol sets the strategic vision for the organization with a focus on the growth, development, and impact of Purpose Built, its Network, and the communities it serves. Carol has been with the organization since its inception in 2009 and became President and Chief Executive Officer in 2020.

Prior to joining Purpose Built, Carol served as the executive director of the East Lake Foundation, the nonprofit community quarterback organization shepherding the comprehensive revitalization of the neighborhood. Previously, Carol served as general counsel and deputy executive director of The Housing Authority of the City of Atlanta where she was a key member of the team creating the legal and financial model to develop mixed-income housing. She started her career as a commercial real estate lawyer in private practice in Atlanta.

Beyond her work with Purpose Built, she’s volunteered her time for a number of local and national organizations, including the Low Income Investment Fund, the Charles Drew Charter School Board of Directors, the Fifth Third Bank National Community Advisory Forum, Build Healthy Places Network National Advisory Council, and others. As a member of several Boards and Advisory Councils, Carol advocates for advancing racial equity and developing healthy communities across the country.

Nationally recognized as a leader in place-based partnerships and community development, Carol’s published works have been featured in the Huffington Post, TEDx Atlanta, and the Federal Reserve of San Francisco and Nonprofit Finance Fund’s book Investing in Results, among others.

Carol graduated from Colgate University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and from Emory University School of Law with a J.D.

Michelle L. Matthews

Chief Strategy & Operations Officer

As a senior leader, Michelle provides guidance to Network Members who implement the Purpose Built model as leaders, conveners and catalysts of holistic transformational change at the neighborhood level.

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Michelle L. Matthews

Chief Strategy & Operations Officer

Michelle Matthews is the Chief Strategy & Operations Officer for Purpose Built Communities Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to implementing resident-centered, holistic neighborhood revitalization. As a senior leader, Michelle provides guidance to Network Members who implement the Purpose Built model as leaders, conveners and catalysts of holistic transformational change at the neighborhood level.

Prior to joining Purpose Built in 2016, Michelle founded Matthews Consulting Group (MCG). For more than two decades, she served as a trusted advisor with expertise in organizational development, change management and consulting. Her passionate leadership has benefitted nonprofit organizations like Families First, the Task Force for Global Health and Communities in Schools of Atlanta. She also sits on the Build Healthy Places Network Advisory Council.

She has also served educational institutions like Spelman College and Atlanta Public Schools as well as Fortune 500 companies including Delta Air Lines, Kimberly Clark and Georgia-Pacific.

Michelle's prowess in adapting to changing environments has positioned her as an authority in the field. She has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Black Enterprise and Smart Money, and she appeared on CNN where she shared her perspective on leadership and change.

Michelle graduated summa cum laude from Spelman College with a degree in economics.

Ellen Newton

Chief Financial & Administrative Officer

As a senior executive, Ellen oversees internal operations, including Finance, Human Resources, Risk, Building/Office Management and Information Technology.

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Ellen Newton

Chief Financial & Administrative Officer

Ellen Newton is the Chief Financial & Administrative Officer (CFAO) at Purpose Built Communities. As a senior executive, Ellen oversees internal operations, including Finance, Talent and People Services, Risk, Building/Office Management and Information Technology. In her role, she ensures the effective implementation of Purpose Built's mission by providing essential resources to support staff in fulfilling the organization's goals.

Prior to joining Purpose Built, Ellen served as the CFO at Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta (GSGATL). She assumed this position in 2017 after holding various managerial roles within the organization since 2011. During her tenure at GSGATL, Ellen played a key role in leading the finance and information technology departments, contributing significantly to the council's success in achieving its mission.

Ellen graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering. She furthered her education with a Master's in Accountancy from Kennesaw State University and obtained her CPA license in 2007.

Zenith Houston

Chief Strategic Partnerships Officer

As a strategic senior executive, Zenith leads fundraising, communications, and marketing efforts and design systems aimed at advancing Purpose Built Communities’ mission.

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Zenith Houston

Chief Strategic Partnerships Officer

Zenith Houston is the Chief Strategic Partnership Officer, for Purpose Built Communities. As a strategic senior executive, Zenith leads fundraising, communications, and marketing to advance Purpose Built Communities’ mission.

Before joining Purpose Built, Zenith launched her management consulting firm, GaillardHouston, and spent ten years as the Atlanta Director with The Posse Foundation. For over 25 years, she has demonstrated proven experience in successfully driving innovation to build growth and long-term sustainability for diverse, national, and local organizations.

Currently, Zenith serves on the boards of the Veritas School of Social Science and Alliance Theatre. She has received numerous recognitions for leadership including the Atlanta Hawks Forever 404 Honoree, Atlanta Business League’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence, 100 Black Men of North Atlanta Image Award, Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Award, and Kenny Leon’s True Color Theatre Company’s 52 Weeks of Women. She is an alumnus of Leadership Atlanta, the Atlanta Regional Leadership Institute, and REALITY Impact Israel.

A native of Columbia, SC, Zenith holds a bachelor’s in science and a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in Criminal Justice.

Catalina Sibilsky

Senior Vice President, Education Initiatives

As a senior leader, Catalina leads the development of the organization’s Cradle to College Education Framework and provides direct support to Network Members in implementing the Purpose Built educational model.

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Catalina Sibilsky

Senior Vice President, Education Initiatives

Catalina Sibilsky is the Senior Vice President of Education Initiatives for Purpose Built Communities Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to implementing resident-centered, holistic neighborhood revitalization. As a senior leader, Catalina leads the development of the organization’s Cradle to College Education Framework and provides direct support to Network Members in implementing the Purpose Built educational model.

Prior to joining Purpose Built, Catalina served as a career educator in Metro Atlanta in roles including teacher, principal, and district level leader in both the public school and independent school sectors. Her passion for education has led her to volunteer her time outside of work as a volunteer religious education leader in her church. Her prowess as an educator has led to elected volunteer positions on multiple school councils and Go Teams within the Atlanta Public Schools, and has served on the election committees for several local principal election processes.

Catalina graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications and from Emory University with a Masters in Teaching with a focus in Middle School Education. She also holds an Educational Leadership Certification from Georgia State University.

Katie Delp

Chief Network Officer

As a senior executive, Katie leads the Network Member Success team. To ensure Network Members have coaching and resources, her team brings a strategic suite of support to Network leadership to accelerate and deepen their work in neighborhood transformation.

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Katie Delp

Chief Network Officer

Katie Delp is the Chief Network Officer for Purpose Built Communities. As a senior executive, Katie leads the Network Member Success team. To ensure Network Members have coaching and resources, her team brings a strategic suite of support to Network leadership to accelerate and deepen their work in neighborhood transformation.

Katie has committed her career to developing communities into thriving socially, economically and racially equitable neighborhoods. She 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 serves on the boards of Tapestry Development Group, Carver Cluster Foundation, Wesley International Academy, and Friends of South Atlanta Parks. Katie has been a member of several cohorts for leaders in her field including ULI Atlanta Center for Leadership, Christian Community Development Association - Emerging Leader Cohort, and New Leaders Council, which awarded her Alumni of the Year. Katie has also been interviewed by 60 Minutes on the topic of Black American health and racism.

Katie holds a Bachelors in Business Administration in Management from Texas Tech University, and is a candidate for an MBA in Real Estate from Georgia State University.

Melissa Devereaux

Vice President, Network Engagement & Resources

In her role, Melissa oversees the development of partnerships, resources, and products aimed at enhancing the value of Purpose Built Network Membership and expediting model implementation.

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Melissa Devereaux

Vice President, Network Engagement & Resources

Melissa Devereaux is the Vice President of Network Engagement and Resources at Purpose Built Communities. In her role, Melissa oversees the development of partnerships, resources, and products aimed at enhancing the value of Purpose Built Network Membership and expediting model implementation. As a member of the Network Member Success team, she collaborates across the organization to identify needs, develop innovative products and partnerships, and implement Network Engagement strategies supporting model implementation.

Joining Purpose Built in 2016, Melissa has held integral roles, supporting Network growth, fundraising, and policy. She brings over 25 years of nonprofit management and development experience to her role. In her current position, she manages geographically-aligned Network Member cohorts, oversees the subgranting process and ensures the success of Purpose Built's holistic approach to neighborhood revitalization.

Outside of her role at Purpose Built, Melissa serves on the Selection Advisory Council for the GreenLight Fund Bay Area and actively volunteers with her church and in her neighborhood.

Melissa graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and History. She also earned a Master of Science from Florida State University.

Davon Gray

Vice President, Policy

Davon Gray is a seasoned advocacy and policy strategist with over 25 years of experience leading lobbying, Political Action Committees, and grassroots campaigns, driving action on various policy issues.

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Davon Gray

Vice President, Policy

Davon Gray is a seasoned advocacy and policy strategist with over 25 years of experience leading lobbying, Political Action Committees, and grassroots campaigns, driving action on various policy issues.

Davon is passionate about building and empowering leaders to impact the world around them. He designs strategies that leverage communications and messaging techniques and the latest in advocacy technologies and build relationships that put people first and get measurable results.

Davon is a proponent of serving local communities, having served as a court-appointed member of the Prince William County Zoning Appeals board, addressing growth issues, and as a Commissioner for the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA).

In 2020 and 2023, Davon was recognized for his work in advocacy, being named to the top twenty list by the National Institute of Lobbying and Ethics and the Advocacy Association. These awards are given to professionals who show innovation in leadership and mentorship, as nominated by their peers in Washington, DC.

Davon has appeared on the CSPAN television network, syndicated talk shows, and radio and wrote a political column for a local newspaper for 12 years. He is also a 12-year veteran, serving in the United States Army National Guard and Reserves.

Davon has been married to his wife, Sherri, for 28 years. Davon and Sherri both have two adult daughters.

Mikki Anderson

Vice President, Network Member Success

In her role, Mikki provides consulting and coaching support to Network Members in their efforts to implement the Purpose Built Model.

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Mikki Anderson

Vice President, Network Member Success

Mikki Anderson is the Vice President of Network Member Success for Purpose Built Communities Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to implementing resident-centered, holistic neighborhood revitalization. In her role, Mikki provides consulting and coaching support to Network Members in their efforts to implement the Purpose Built Model.

Prior to joining Purpose Built, Mikki served in key leadership roles with affordable housing developers including The Steans Family Foundation, The Habitat Company, and, most recently, The Michaels Organization. While serving as the Vice President of Development for The Michaels Organization, she played an integral role in the development of more than 1,500 housing units under the Chicago Housing Authority’s Plan for Transformation. Outside of work, she currently sits on the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) New Markets Tax Credits Advisory Board, serves as the current President of Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, and is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Mikki graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts in English, 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.

Evan Smith

Vice President, Network Member Success

Evan provides consulting and technical assistance to local leaders, assisting them in implementing Purpose Built’s proven neighborhood revitalization strategy designed to create a healthy, mixed-income neighborhood with pathways to prosperity.

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Evan Smith

Vice President, Network Member Success

Evan Smith is a Vice President on the Network Member Success Team for Purpose Built Communities, a nonprofit organization dedicated to implementing resident-centered, holistic neighborhood revitalization. Evan provides consulting and technical assistance to local leaders, assisting them in implementing Purpose Built’s proven neighborhood revitalization strategy designed to create a healthy, mixed-income neighborhood with pathways to prosperity.

Prior to joining Purpose Built, Evan served as an educator and teacher coach. As a teacher, he led his students to achieve significant academic progress. As a manager and program director 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. He began his career as a 7th grade math teacher and soccer coach in Edcouch, Texas. He continues to support schools in a volunteer capacity in Atlanta, serving as Community Engagement Co-Chair and Saturday Show-up Coordinator at The Nest Nursery School and School Performance Committee Member at Charles R. Drew Charter School.

Evan graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science. He has also completed the Senior Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals certificate program at Columbia Business School.

Alexandra Wiggins

Vice President, Network Member Success

In her role, Alexandra provides direct support and strategic guidance to Network Members resulting in the successful capacity development and advancement of the Purpose Built model implementation.

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Alexandra Wiggins

Vice President, Network Member Success

Alexandra Wiggins is a Vice President of Network Member Success for Purpose Built Communities Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to implementing resident-centered, holistic neighborhood revitalization. In her role, she provides direct support and strategic guidance to Network Members resulting in the successful capacity development and advancement of the Purpose Built model implementation.

Prior to joining Purpose Built in 2015, Alexandra served in roles supporting public policy and education. She has worked as a Policy Fellow with Georgia Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) under Governor Nathan Deal, Legislative Aide for state and local education issues with United States Senator Mary Landrieu, and as an elementary school teacher and Teach For America corps member in Metro Atlanta. Outside of work, she serves in multiple community roles including as a member of the Junior League of Atlanta, Charles R. Drew Charter School Mission Committee Member, State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia Independent Commission Expert & Adjudicator, and Atlanta Botanical Gardens Volunteer. She is also recognized as a University of Georgia 1961 Club Member.

Alexandra graduated from The University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the Grady College of Journalism. She continued her education at the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert College of Law where she graduated with her Juris Doctor and Diploma of Comparative Law. She has also earned an International Law Certificate in Human Rights Law and Advocacy from the University of Central London, as well as been named a United Way of Greater Atlanta Volunteer Involvement Program (VIP) Fellow and Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (GPEE) Education Policy Fellow.

Andrea Arroyo

Vice President, Network Member Success

Andrea will play a crucial role in supporting a portfolio of leaders, their staff, and stakeholders. Her focus will be on designing, directing, and accelerating neighborhood revitalization initiatives in communities nationwide.

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Andrea Arroyo

Vice President, Network Member Success

Andrea Arroyo joins Purpose Built Communities as Vice President, Network Member Success with over 15 years of experience as a manager, strategist, and advocate in public education and community development. In her role, she supports a portfolio of leaders, their staff, and stakeholders to design, direct, and accelerate neighborhood revitalization initiatives in communities nationwide.

Passionate about expanding high-quality educational opportunities and fostering authentic community engagement, Andrea has worked alongside educators, families, and communities to implement tailored and impactful solutions to issues ranging from educational equity to mixed-income housing to food security.

Initially a 2nd-grade teacher, Andrea has held leadership roles with Urban Recipe, Purpose Built Schools Atlanta, Georgia Charter School Association, Citizens of the World Charter Schools, LA Promise Fund, and Teach For America. Andrea successfully led strategic initiatives in these capacities, fostering cross-sector partnerships that have accelerated the expansion of high-quality educational options, secured vital wrap-around services, and boosted economic advancement and food security for students and families.

Beyond her education and nonprofit roles, Andrea has supported local governments in the development of over 45 affordable housing projects, and assisted city administrators in making strategic investments and improvements in their communities.

Andrea has a master’s in Public Policy from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s in Political Studies and Sociology from Pitzer College. She is an alumna of the CORO Fellows Program in Public Affairs and lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband and their dog Oliver.

Damon Bailey

Vice President, Network Member Success

Damon is a skilled nonprofit executive with over fifteen years of experience working in disenfranchised communities across the South. He brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to his new role, supporting network members across the country.

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Damon Bailey

Vice President, Network Member Success

Damon Bailey, a seasoned nonprofit executive, brings over fifteen years of expertise in empowering marginalized communities across the South. Starting his journey as a middle grades teacher in Southwest Atlanta with Teach For America in 2009, Damon recently served as the Executive Director for Teach For America Alabama. In this role, he spearheaded the development and execution of strategies to enhance educational outcomes for children statewide.

Damon's impactful leadership resulted in overseeing the recruitment and training of nearly 300 teachers, securing over $8 million in funding, including an increased Alabama state legislative appropriation, and orchestrating one of the largest state education conferences with 400 attendees. Damon earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Hampton University in 2009.

James “Jim” Brooks, AICP

Vice President, Housing And Community Development

Jim leads the organization’s mixed-income housing program and urban planning efforts, critical components of Purpose Built Communities’ transformative model.

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James “Jim” Brooks, AICP

Vice President, Housing And Community Development

James “Jim” Brooks, AICP, is Vice President of Housing and Community Development. As part of his role, Jim leads work around the organization’s mixed-income housing program and urban planning efforts, critical components of Purpose Built Communities’ transformative model.
Jim manages housing and neighborhood development strategies that ensure Purpose Built and its Network Members leverage industry best practices and innovative approaches that change neighborhoods and lives. He is an urban planner and a national expert in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program and a variety of federal housing grant programs, including Choice Neighborhoods, HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration, and Section 8, among others.

In 1997, Jim founded and for the next 25 years served as CEO of Boulevard Group, an award-winning national firm that specialized in planning and managing urban revitalization projects. He has led planning and development efforts for major projects across the United States, including such diverse cities as Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Birmingham and Charlotte, with a development value of over $2 billion.

Projects he has planned and developed have won the prestigious Congress for New Urbanism Charter Award of Excellence and the National AIA Honor Award. He was twice named to the Fortune Magazine Inner City 100 list.

Before founding Boulevard Group, Jim dedicated 18 years to the public sector as a city planner and public official. He is the former Deputy Executive Director for Development for the Atlanta Housing Authority, where he helped lead the team that planned Centennial Place and Villages at East Lake, the mixed-income, mixed-use communities that became national models for urban housing development and affordable housing revitalization. Prior to his tenure with AHA, he was a Senior Planning and Development Officer for the City of Atlanta/Fulton County. He is a graduate of Georgia State University.

Karen Cramer

Vice President, Data, Technology And Impact

In her role within the Impact Team, she implements Purpose Built Communities' measurement framework and implements an integrated data system for Purpose Built Communities, Network Members, and Community Partners.

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Karen Cramer

Vice President, Data, Technology And Impact

Karen Cramer is the Vice President of Data, Technology, and Impact at Purpose Built Communities and leverages over two decades of nonprofit management and development expertise. In her role within the Impact Team, she implements Purpose Built Communities' measurement framework and implements an integrated data system for Purpose Built Communities, Network Members, and Community Partners.

Prior to joining Purpose Built, Karen served as the Chief Community Impact Officer at TechBridge, where she led initiatives in hunger relief, housing support, social justice, and workforce development. She pioneered TechBridge’s Performance Measurement Consulting group, blending data strategy and technology implementation for enhanced data collection, reporting, and visualization. While at Techbridge, she also published a white paper on implementing a nonprofit data strategy.

Karen's philanthropic engagement extends to serving on the DeKalb/Fulton Emergency Food and Shelter Program Board and the Lutheran Community Food Ministry Board. She actively participates in volunteer organizations like Caring for our Unhoused Neighbors in Decatur. As Co-founder of Helping Mamas, the baby supply bank for Georgia, she received the United Way Atlanta’s inaugural spark prize.

Karen holds a certification as a Licensed Master Social Worker and earned a master's degree in social work from The University of Texas at Austin. She also obtained a bachelor’s degree in social work from James Madison University.

Kevin Rafter

Vice President, Impact Strategy

In this role, Kevin guides a data and evidence strategy for Purpose Built and its network that strengthens impact and continuous improvement.

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Kevin Rafter

Vice President, Impact Strategy

Kevin Rafter is the Vice President for Impact Strategy at Purpose Built Communities. In this role, Kevin guides a data and evidence strategy for Purpose Built and its network that strengthens impact and continuous improvement. He supports Network Members in collecting and analyzing key metrics, and building their capacity to measure impact.

Kevin has over 20 years of experience leveraging insights from research and evaluation to strengthen strategies and support organizational learning. Prior to joining Purpose Built, Kevin held senior roles at Project Evident, Harder+Company Community Research, and the James Irvine Foundation. In his work with nonprofit, for-profit, and philanthropic organizations, Kevin has collaborated with diverse stakeholders and led teams through growth and improvement. His interest in place-based initiatives stretches back to graduate school, where he was part of a team that evaluated a foundation-sponsored neighborhood change initiative across four different communities in Harlem and the South Bronx.

Kevin is a co-chair of the board of Gateway Public Schools and has served as an evaluation advisor to 826 Valencia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills.

He holds a Ph.D in Environmental Psychology from the City University of New York.

April Callen

Vice President, Racial Equity Programs & Narrative Strategy

In her role, April designs and implements a comprehensive suite of strategies that enable the organization and the Purpose Built Network to advance their mission and goals around racial equity.

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April Callen

Vice President, Racial Equity Programs & Narrative Strategy

April Callen is the Vice President of Racial Equity Programs and Narrative Strategy for Purpose Built Communities. In her role, April designs and implements a comprehensive suite of strategies that enable the organization and the Purpose Built Network to advance their mission and goals around racial equity.

Prior to joining Purpose Built, April served as a Principal Strategist for the FrameWorks Institute, a Washington, DC-based communications think tank, where she worked closely with national nonprofit organizations focused on education, housing, and health equity. Before that, she held key communications and strategy roles for Chicago-area nonprofits the Chicago Community Trust, and Chicago Foundation for Women, among other organizations.

April has worked in the space of equity and narrative change for more than a decade, authoring articles examining the intersections of race with education, culture, politics, communications, and media, featured in K-12 Dive, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Education Post. While in Chicago, April was also a longtime on-air contributor to Vocalo Radio, a nonprofit NPR station that blends music, culture, and art.

April graduated from Oglethorpe University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Rhetoric Studies and from DePaul University with a Masters in Media, Culture, and Society.

Ashley Bozarth

Director, Network Engagement & Resources

In her role, Ashley plays a central role in building relationships among Purpose Built Network Members.

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Ashley Bozarth

Director, Network Engagement & Resources

Ashley Bozarth is Director of Network Engagement and Resources at Purpose Built Communities, where she plays a central role in building relationships among Purpose Built Network Members. This work focuses on building and supporting the Purpose Built community of practice, with peer-to-peer engagement, and documentation of best practices and innovation, in order to strengthen the ability of neighborhood revitalization leaders to apply effective strategies in their respective communities.

Ashley began her career as a kindergarten and second grade teacher in Philadelphia through Teach for America. 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.

While attending Georgia Institute of Technology, Ashley’s 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 immigrant/refugee perspectives into policymaking processes.

Ashley has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and French from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Georgia Tech.

Linda Roberts

Director, Talent and People Services

In her current role as Human Resources and Office Manager, Linda plays a critical role in attracting, retaining, and developing top talent within our organization.

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Linda Roberts

Director, Talent and People Services

Linda Roberts serves as the Director of Talent and People Services at Purpose Built Communities, where she holds a key responsibility in recruiting, retaining, and fostering the growth of exceptional talent within the organization. Before joining Purpose Built, Linda carved her career path through diverse leadership roles encompassing executive administration, account management, and sales across both private and nonprofit sectors.

Outside her professional pursuits, Linda calls Dawsonville, GA, home, where she resides with her husband, three children, and their boxer. Linda is equipped with a bachelor's degree in business management complemented by a certificate in Human Resources.

Ben Lewis

Vice President, Learning & Innovation

Within this role, Ben leads the Purpose Built Communities Solutions Lab, coordinates organizational learning, and drives field building efforts.

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Ben Lewis

Vice President, Learning & Innovation

Ben Lewis is the Vice President of Learning and Innovation at Purpose Built Communities. Within this role, he leads the Purpose Built Communities Solutions Lab, coordinates organizational learning, and drives field building efforts.

Prior to joining Purpose Built, Ben studied leadership and comprehensive community development at Harvard University. Before that, he led a high school at Strive Preparatory Schools in Denver, CO, elevating the school by two tiers on the Colorado state assessment. He also served as an assistant principal at KIPP and Northeast High School in Philadelphia, where he launched a writing program, coordinated testing, and led a school culture plan that increased on-time student attendance by 60%. Ben began his career as a high school humanities teacher at Freire Charter School, where he achieved a 92% yearly college acceptance rate as the senior team lead, authored a social sciences curriculum, and coached the varsity track and field team.

Ben’s accolades include the Penn Club of Philadelphia Social Impact Award, Philadelphia regional representative for the Sue Lehmann Award for Teaching Excellence, Harvard Graduate School of Education Entrepreneurship Award, and The Harvard Krinsky Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award. He also actively participates in advisory boards like Partners in Democracy and is an Aspen Pahara Fellow.

Ben earned his doctorate in educational leadership from Harvard University. He also holds a Master of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Africana Studies, both degrees from the University of Pennsylvania

Drew Smith

Vice President of Education Initiatives

Drew brings an extensive background in education to his new role with Purpose Built. Beginning as an elementary school teacher in Washington DC public schools, he moved into administration — serving as an instructional coach, assistant principal, then principal.

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Drew Smith

Vice President of Education Initiatives

Drew started his career as an elementary school teacher in Washington, DC Public Schools before moving into administration as an instructional coach, assistant principal and eventually principal.

Recognizing the need to reimagine the school experience, as principal, Drew and his team at Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School joined the initial DC Public Schools Design Lab, centering movement and physical activity for students and staff. Later, to further expand the school design and increase student opportunity, his school joined the first Whole Child Collaborative in partnership with Transcend Education.

As the Whole Child Model began to further spread, Drew joined the Transcend team as a school design partner and later moved into a project lead role, supporting 21 schools across Washington, DC implementing the model. After seeing the positive shift in the day to day experience for students and adults, when wellbeing and equitable opportunity are centered, Drew is motivated to support similar community-driven educational innovation across the country.

Drew has a B.A. from the University of Buffalo, a M.A.T. from American University and a Post-Master’s Leadership Certificate from George Washington University. After growing up in Buffalo, NY, Drew now calls Washington, DC home alongside his wife and two small kids.

Amy Clear

Director, Development

In her role, Amy oversees and implements fundraising strategies to secure financial support, cultivates and maintains donor relationships, and plans strategic partnership events.

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Amy Clear

Director, Development

Amy Clear is the Director of Development for Purpose Built Communities Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to implementing resident-centered, holistic neighborhood revitalization. In her role, Amy oversees and implements fundraising strategies to secure financial support, cultivates and maintains donor relationships, and plans strategic partnership events.

Prior to joining Purpose Built, Amy spent several years at Coxe Curry & Associates, where she provided strategic fundraising counsel and management to numerous Atlanta-area nonprofits. Outside of work, she gives her time to Community Legal Services in their efforts to ensure fair housing practices in Central Florida.

Amy graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Finance.

Vicki O’Brien

Prospect and Database Manager

In her role, Vicki is responsible for the day-to-day operations of advancement services including CRM management, prospect research and identification, donor analytics and reporting, system updates, and staff training.

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Vicki O’Brien

Prospect and Database Manager

Vicki serves as the Prospect and Database Manager at Purpose Built Communities where she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of advancement services including CRM management, prospect research and identification, donor analytics and reporting, system updates, and staff training.

She brings with her over ten years of experience in development having worked at national and international non-profit organizations in sectors such as higher education, animal welfare, nature conservation, and poverty eradication. Throughout her career, she has brought definition and coordination to all aspects of fundraising with a focus on portfolio optimization, prospect identification, and data management.

She considers herself a mission-driven individual and is enthusiastic about supporting Purpose Built Communities’ efforts to ensure every neighborhood has the resources and amenities needed to achieve racial equity, improved health outcomes, and greater economic mobility.

Vicki holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Francis Marion University and a master’s in public administration from the University of South Carolina. She currently serves on the Apra-Carolinas Board as secretary.

During her free time, you can find her practicing yoga, reading a good book, or trying out a new recipe.

Amy Odle

Executive Coordinator, Network Member Success

In her role, Amy provides, provides administrative support to the Purpose Built Network Member Success team, as well as leading tour logistics and event planning, and fulfilling Office Manager responsibilities.

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Amy Odle

Executive Coordinator, Network Member Success

Amy Odle is the Executive Coordinator of Network Member Success at Purpose Built Communities, providing administrative support to the Purpose Built Network Member Success team, as well as leading tour logistics and event planning, and fulfilling Office Manager responsibilities.

Prior to Purpose Built Communities, Amy worked at Wesley International Academy in Atlanta as an Executive Assistant, Front Office Manager, and Human Resources Assistant. Since 2010, she has also served as a bookkeeper for Remerge, a nonprofit facilitating collaborative opportunities to accelerate belonging & flourishing in local communities. Amy also serves as a Member of Wesley International Academy’s Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) team.

Amy formerly spent 17 years working for Starbucks, managing several stores and opening new stores in both the United States and the United Kingdom. She resides in Atlanta with her husband, four children and their dog.

She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Western Washington University.

Kelli Ashwell

Executive Coordinator, Strategy & Operations

In her role, Kelli provides administrative support to the Purpose Built Strategy and Operations team. Proficient in complex calendar management, travel coordination, and event planning, Kelli brings organization and efficiency to daily operations.

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Kelli Ashwell

Executive Coordinator, Strategy & Operations

Kelli Ashwell is the Executive Coordinator of Strategy & Operations for Purpose Built Communities Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to implementing resident-centered, holistic neighborhood revitalization. In her role, Kelli provides administrative support to the Purpose Built Strategy and Operations team. Proficient in complex calendar management, travel coordination, and event planning, Kelli brings organization and efficiency to daily operations.

Prior to Purpose Built, Kelli worked at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as an Executive Assistant and has 10 years of experience in executive support.

Kelli graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Risk Management and Insurance.

Kim Graves

Executive Coordinator, Strategic Partnerships

In her role, Kim provides support to the Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and the Fundraising, Marketing and Communications Team.

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Kim Graves

Executive Coordinator, Strategic Partnerships

Kim Graves is the Executive Coordinator for the Strategic Partnerships Team for Purpose Built Communities Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to implementing resident-centered, holistic neighborhood revitalization. In her role, Kim provides support to the Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and the Fundraising, Marketing and Communications Team.

Prior to joining Purpose Built, Kim has served as an Executive Assistant for over 30 years, most recently supporting the Founder/CEO of Choate Construction Company, one of the largest General Contractors in the Southeast.

Sarah Freeman

Executive Coordinator

In her role, Sarah is dedicated to providing comprehensive executive coordination and support, ensuring seamless operations and facilitating efficient communication.

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Sarah Freeman

Executive Coordinator

Sarah Freeman is the Executive Coordinator to Carol Naughton at Purpose Built Communities. In her role, Sarah is dedicated to providing comprehensive executive coordination and support. In this capacity, she plays a vital role in ensuring seamless operations and facilitating efficient communication within the organization.

Prior to her tenure at Purpose Built, Sarah garnered valuable experience through diverse roles within sales and account management. Her professional background has equipped her with a multifaceted skill set, enhancing her effectiveness in her current position.

Sarah is an alumna of the University of North Georgia, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in business management.

Shena Garrett

Executive Coordinator, Finance and Operations

Shena offers robust organizational skills and excels as a creative problem solver. She will provide support to senior-level stakeholders, both internally and externally.

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Shena Garrett

Executive Coordinator, Finance and Operations

Shena has a vast background in Human Resources, finance and with a love for technology. She brings strong organizational skills, a creative problem solver, and the ability to support senior level stakeholders both internally and externally. She is a recent data analytics graduate known for her attention to detail, adaptability to new systems and work environments, and a proactive approach to tasks. Shena has experience creating and implementing processes and procedures to bring uniformity within a corporate environment.

Shena received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and her MBA in Data Analytics from LSU (Geaux Tigers). She is very organized, self-motivated, ambitious, and is eager to build relationships and be a part of the Purpose Built Team.

Jadun McCarthy

Special Assistant to the CSOO

Jadun McCarthy is a third-year graduate student in Harvard University’s Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) program, who is dedicated to creating and reimagining equity-centered educational systems that position children to achieve their fullest potentials. After...

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Jadun McCarthy

Special Assistant to the CSOO

Jadun McCarthy is a third-year graduate student in Harvard University’s Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) program, who is dedicated to creating and reimagining equity-centered educational systems that position children to achieve their fullest potentials. After graduating law school and contemplating a career in criminal law, Jadun pivoted to education, becoming a high school English teacher. Following many rewarding and transformative experiences as a classroom teacher and building-level administrator, Jadun transitioned into district/system leadership roles, helping to lead departments/divisions throughout metro-Atlanta’s school districts, including, human resources, curriculum and instruction, school improvement, leadership, federal grants, and policy and planning.

Jadun earned his B.A. in English from Morehouse College and his JD from the University of Georgia’s School of Law. He is an avid reader, aspiring culinary artist, LEGO enthusiast, and trivia buff. Jadun is a native of Georgia, having grown-up in Macon and Atlanta. During his graduate studies, Jadun resides in Boston.

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