Board of Directors


Rita Gibson

Chair


Rita Gibson is a native of Atlanta, graduating from Spelman College with a degree in Economics. She holds a Masters of Business of Administration from Howard University and has done further study at Georgia State University. She has over 20 years of experience in the areas of Real Estate Development, Program and Policy Development having held positions at Invest Atlanta, The Integral Group, Atlanta Board of Education, the Juvenile Court of Fulton County and the Governor’s Commission on Children and Youth. While a the Integral Group she served as the Senior Development Director for the redevelopment of three of Atlanta’s public housing communities which leveraged Federal funds of more than $250 with private funds. These three communities – Villages at Carver, Capitol Gateway and Auburn Pointe are model mixed income communities in Atlanta. A strong advocate for housing equity, Rita currently serves as the Interim Executive Director of the University Community Development Corporation where she collaborates with partners to help revitalize economically challenged and underserved communities with affordable housing which is critical to community health and quality of life.

David Ogunsanya

Vice Chair


David Mayowa Ogunsanya, has more than six years of experience in affordable housing for low- to moderate-income communities. As Housing Director for the Athens Land Trust, David is responsible for all real estate strategic planning activities and implementation for the organization. He identifies and develops affordable housing projects and oversees their contracts, procurement and construction. Additionally, he works with local lenders to help secure mortgages for low- to moderate-income homebuyers and works to educate the community about community land trusts and long term affordability. He continues to lead the effort for more affordable housing options in Athens, GA and educate about how inclusionary zoning and housing production trust funds can help those efforts. David earned a B.A. in Management and Marketing from North Carolina Central University and a Master of Public Administration, Urban Development and Public Policy from The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. David is also a graduate of the Leadership Georgia class of 2016.

Robert Cooke

Treasurer


Robert Cooke was born in South Carolina, grew up in South Georgia, and attended college in Alabama. He has undergraduate majors in Religion/Philosophy and Accounting and a cum laude MBA degree. He completed the Community and Rural Development Institute USDA Training at Cornell University. He has successfully completed the Certified Public Accountant examination and has several professional certifications including Economic Development Finance Professional.He returned to South Georgia in 2000 to serve as the Executive Director of Southwest Georgia United, an Empowerment Zone and community development corporation. He administered more than $40 million in program funding and has written successful applications for more than $11 million. He oversaw construction and operation of a 55,000 square foot business incubator, managed more than $13 million annually in community assets, and acquired and managed more than 100 affordable rental homes, He developed, implemented, and supported housing counseling, workforce development, after school care, child care, and a variety of other community programs. He wrote Southwest Georgia United's successful application for certification as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). Southwest Georgia United's current portfolio includes both business and housing loans. Assets have grown from less than $250,000 in 1999 to more than $8.3 million as of 2014.Mr. Cooke has served as a board member or officer of a Development Authority, Chambers of Commerce, human service agencies, trade associations, and a Workforce investment Board. He was the 2013 Chairperson of the Affordable Housing Advisory Council of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. He has provided consulting and technical assistance for several federal agencies. He has reviewed federal grant proposals for the CDFI Fund, and has been a presenter, speaker, or facilitator at a variety of conferences and events.

Kelly Cooney

Secretary


Kelly Cooney is a housing specialist with the Housing Assistance Council, a national nonprofit working to improve housing conditions for the rural poor. She provides technical assistance and training on housing and organizational development topics to nonprofit organizations and local governments. Kelly earned a Master of City Planning degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from Miami University.

Jonathan Harris


Georgia native, Jonathan graduated from the University of Georgia in 1994 and Brenau College in 1999. Jonathan’s love for the home-buying and building process began because of construction work that he did for his father growing up. He has been a mortgage loan officer for over 20 years. He is on the board for Habitat for Humanity for Northeast Georgia and loves spending as much time as possible outdoors. Jonathan has originated every type of loan, including Conventional, USDA, VA, FHA and Construction/Permanent.

LaShawn Hoffman


LaShawn M. Hoffman is one of Atlanta’s most distinguished civic leaders and neighborhood developers. LaShawn was awarded a prestigious fellowship as a 2014-15 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. LaShawn is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Pittsburgh Community Improvement Association, Inc. (PCIA) a neighborhood-based not for profit Community Development Corporation. Under Mr. Hoffman’s leadership he helped vulnerable homeowners navigate the foreclosure crisis and recession and has spearheaded community improvement efforts to protect affordable housing. He has facilitated community-based planning to achieve conservation and growth that ensures neighborhood preservation and diversity to achieve sound conservation and growth strategies. Mr. Hoffman has been fiscally responsible for more than $3.5 million in affordable housing creation in the Pittsburgh Community. With more than 12 years of active service to Atlanta’s local and regional organizations, LaShawn has built an exceptional record of experience and leadership. Reflecting his strong commitment to economic development in Atlanta, Mr. Hoffman serves on many community boards and county panels. His current service includes Chairperson for the Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center Community Coalition Board, Treasurer for the Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative, and member of the Georgia Act Board of Directors. t recently, the Atlanta Business League's Women of Influence "Tenured".

Dana Ingram


Dana Ingram is the Founder and Executive Director of JCVision and Associates, Inc., a faith-based 501(c)(3) organization located in Hinesville, GA. For over 15 years, she has served as a certified housing professional and has obtained her accreditation with the Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education (AFCPE). As a spouse of a disabled military veteran, Ms. Ingram has dedicated her life and skills in assisting consumers to identify housing and financial solutions that will develop fiscal responsibility, increase economic resources, and build wealth for an active or retired military household and the general public. Ms. Ingram holds Georgia licenses as a Residential Builder, EPA Lead Inspector and Risk Assessor. She is an Enrolled Agent as awarded by the Internal Revenue Service. She holds a Master of Science in Human Resources Management from Troy State University and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Slippery Rock University. Ms. Ingram has been recognized by The White House, under President George W. Bush’s administration, for her work to increase consumer financial literacy and rural housing development within Coastal Georgia. s League's Women of Influence "Tenured".

Barbara Mosley


Barbara Mosley resides in Laurens County and serves as the State Director for Telamon Corporation in the state of Georgia. In this capacity, she has responsibility for management oversight and implementation of workforce and career services statewide. During her tenure of over 25 years, Barbara has provided Case Management services to adults, youth, and veterans. She has also served as the state safety facilitator and housing counselor. She has received recognition for completing courses in Regional Economic and Leadership Development through Georgia Academy. She currently serves as a board member for Middle Georgia Consortium Workforce Development Board, Delta Association of Rural Initiative (DARI), Association of Farmworker Opportunity Program (AFOP), and Eastern Regional Alliance of Farmworker Advocates (ERAFA).

Betsy Wallace


Elizabeth (Betsy) Wallace is a management/organizational development consultant and founder of E. Wallace Strategies. She formerly served as a Senior Relationship Manager for Partnership and Growth with NeighborWorks America, a national nonprofit with a mission of creating opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives, and strengthen their communities. In her role as a Senior Relationship Manager, Betsy developed and sustained partnerships, collaborative, and alliances that expanded NeighborWorks America’s impact in under-served communities across the United States and provided organizational development, program evaluation, and governance training and consultation to network members and partner agencies. She also served as a Coach and Design Team member for NeighborWorks America’s Excellence in Growth program. Betsy earned a BS in Architecture from Georgia Tech and a Master of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University. In addition to serving on the Georgia ACT board, Betsy serves on the Executive Committee of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association Board of Trustees and volunteers with Distinguished Young Women of Georgia and Dunwoody United Methodist Church.

Janis Ware


Janis Ware is an Atlanta native and one of the first African American females to graduate from the University of Georgia's prestigious School of Business. She recently earned a MBA in Project Management from American InterContinental University. Janis has practical, hands-on experience in low-and moderate-income housing and community economic development. As the Executive Director of SUMMECH Development Corporation (SUMMECH), a position she has held since 1991, she is recognized throughout Atlanta as one of the first urban pioneers to build affordable homes for first time homebuyers in the Mechanicsville neighborhood. Under her direction, SUMMECH has developed more than 1,250 housing units independently and in partnership with for-profit developers.
Currently on the Network Advisory Board of Enterprise Community Partners and Southside Medical Center, Ms. Ware has served in numerous leadership positions including Board Chair of the Atlanta Housing Authority; Treasurer of the Atlanta Housing Association of Neighborhood-based Developers (AHAND); the Empire Real Estate Board; the City of Atlanta' s Beltway Steering Committee; the City of Atlanta's Zoning Task Force; and as a Board Member of the Atlanta Business League. Ms. Ware has been honored with numerous recognitions including: one of the Atlanta Business League's 100 Most Influential Women, Who's Who In Black Atlanta, Atlanta Magazine's Women Making Their Mark Award recipient and, most recently, the Atlanta Business League's Women of Influence "Tenured".