Bambie Hayes-Brown

Dr. Bambie Hayes-Brown

President and CEO

Dr. Bambie Hayes Brown is a native of rural Georgia and holds a Bachelor’s in Business Management, an MBA, a Doctor of Theology and a PhD in Biblical Studies. She is the CEO of Georgia Advancing Communities Together, Inc., a statewide membership organization of housing and community development agencies. Bambie has lived experience of housing instability through homelessness and a former public housing resident. She has 24 years’ experience in rural and urban housing, community and economic development and secured a rural Empowerment Zone designation resulting in a $20 million investment in Southwest Georgia. Bambie is also the Founder and CEO of Hayes Brown Enterprises, LLC, an Atlanta-based, strategic consulting agency. Bambie is a registered lobbyist, Real Estate Broker, Certified Economic Development Finance Professional & co-chairs the HouseATL Policy Committee. Also, Bambie serves on the Board of Directors of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations, Up for Growth Action, NAACP DeKalb County Branch, and the ATL Airport Chamber of Commerce. She serves on numerous advisory committees including the Enterprise Community Partners Southeast Advisory Committee, Housing Justice League, and Cadence Bank. Bambie, a licensed and ordained minister, is married to Shearon Brown and they are the proud parents of 5 children and 3 grandchildren.

Jocelyn joined Georgia Advancing Communities Together, Inc. and now serves at the Director of Operations. With 22 years of experience in Affordable Housing, she has worked as a Development and Project Manager as a grantor with the City of Atlanta, in the Office of Housing implementing Atlanta’s Neighborhood Stabilization, HOME and CDBG Programs and with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, specifically working with the Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP) for the State of Georgia.

As a grantee real estate development professional, Jocelyn has worked with nationally renowned organizations – The Integral Group and H.J. Russell & Company, as part of the redevelopment teams for The Villages at Carver, The Village of Castleberry, and many more portfolio projects.

Jocelyn has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, with a focus in Accounting and Management and is a member of the Project Management Institute, currently pursuing a PMP Certification. Jocelyn is the proud mother of one son and two “fur” boys.

Jocelyn M. Smith

Jocelyn M. Smith

Director of Operations

Shannon Jones

administrative assistant

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Chelsea Johnson

graduate intern

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Elizabeth J. Appley, Esq.

Legislative analyst

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