President and CEO
Ms. Bambie Hayes-Brown previously served as Executive Director for Crisp Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc. She has 20 years of experience in rural and urban community and economic development including the Housing Choice Voucher Program, Public Housing, HUD-VASH, LIHTC, CDBG, HOME Investment Partnership, Tax-Exempt Bonds, and public/private deal structuring. She previously served as Interim Executive Director for the Southwest Georgia United Empowerment Zone, Inc. where she played an instrumental role in obtaining a $20 million rural Empowerment Zone designation for Crisp and Dooly Counties. Later, she served as the Homeownership and Special Programs Manager for the Housing Authority of DeKalb County. Ms. Hayes-Brown managed a $48 million dollar housing program for low-income families assisting thousands of families in purchasing their first home and transitioning homeless veterans and victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita into permanent housing. She is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional, Grant Writer, Homebuyer Educator and Comprehensive Housing Counselor. Ms. Hayes-Brown is a native of Cordele, Ga., and graduated from Shorter University with both a Bachelor’s in Business Management and an MBA. She completed additional studies in Secondary Education and is a Doctor of Business Administration student majoring in Organizational Leadership.
Jocelyn M. Smith
Director of Operations
Jocelyn joined Georgia Advancing Communities Together, Inc. in May 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.