President and CEO
Kate Little has had a long and distinguished career in the affordable housing industry in Georgia. Before becoming President and CEO of Georgia ACT, she led the Georgia State Trade Association of Nonprofit Developers (G-STAND), a statewide association of nonprofit housing development organizations. For eight years before G-STAND, Kate was the Atlanta Director for The Enterprise Foundation (now Enterprise Community Partners), working with community development corporations and other stakeholders in Atlanta’s most impoverished in-town neighborhoods to improve housing conditions, implement safety and workforce development initiatives and establish a microenterprise lending program. Prior to joining Enterprise, Ms. Little worked for Heartland Properties, a Wisconsin-based tax credit equity investment firm, as an independent consultant and trainer.
After beginning her career as a district manager for the Atlanta Housing Authority and directing a reinvestment program in Atlanta’s Westview neighborhood, Kate was responsible for administering the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and Multifamily Tax-Exempt Bond programs for the Georgia Housing Finance Authority (later subsumed by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs), where she was named GHFA Manager of the Year in 1990.
William McFarland works on our local and state policy and advocacy agenda around affordable housing and community development, with a primary focus on building and growing Housing Georgia, a state-wide coalition focused on increasing resources for affordable housing. In addition to his work with Georgia ACT, William provides consulting services in facilitation, community and public engagement and strategic planning and organizational development, primarily in the non-profit sector.
McFarland served as Executive Director of Peoplestown Revitalization Corporation, a neighborhood-based CDC in Atlanta's Peoplestown community, for a decade beginning in 1990. In 2001, William began a four-year association as a Senior Program Manager for DKS Program Management, leading the firm’s efforts to provide specialized services for non-profit, community-based developers. During this period DKS secured more than $25 million in financing for urban development projects that included more than 100 units of mixed income housing. In 2005, Enterprise Community Partners selected William to lead its effort as the management entity for Atlanta’s Renewal Community Program. Under his leadership, the program disbursed $26 million in Title XX SSBG funding, invested $60 million in commercial development projects and promoted the use of $25.6 million in federal business tax incentives, resulting in significant investment in some of Atlanta’s most impoverished neighborhoods.
William earned both a B.S. in Architecture and a Master of City Planning, with a concentration in community and real estate development, from Georgia Institute of Technology. McFarland was a 2001 Loeb Fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.