Moderator: Chenee Joseph
Cheneé Joseph is the Executive Director of the Historic District Development Corporation (HDDC) and the Vice Chair of the Beltline Affordable Housing Advisory Board (BAHAB). The BAHAB provides guidance to Invest Atlanta and the City of Atlanta on the goals and policies related to the use of the BeltLine Affordable Housing Trust Fund and monitors the location and availability of affordable housing throughout the BeltLine.
Prior to these roles, Ms. Joseph served as senior manager at the Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA) and project consultant at Draper & Associates, where she managed budgets and schedules for various capital improvements and demolition projects totaling $17 million in the AHA’s portfolio.
Ms. Joseph received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Georgia State University and her master’s degree in building construction from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is committed to using her expertise and experience in real estate and construction to help revitalize the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic District, block-by-block, to its former glory.
Ariel is the founder and Co-Artistic Director of Out Of Hand Theater, where she creates innovative new work by partnering with passionate experts to create compelling, intimate theatrical events, engaging communities around ideas that matter. Ariel and her family reside in the Old Fourth Ward.
Olu Baiyewu is Director of Programs & Outreach at the Foodwell Alliance. He studied at Morehouse College and started his entrepreneurial career with ThePopShop, a locally-sourced ice pop operation. J.’s following ventures have also centered around increasing access to high quality, healthy, and fresh foods. In addition to his position at the helm of the Eyedrum Gallery’s initiative to install a rooftop garden, J. is also the founder and director of Organix Matters and runs the West End Farmers Market and the Fresh MARTA Market at West End MARTA Station.
Tony Pickett is the Chief Executive Officer of Grounded Solutions Network. Prior to serving as Chief Executive Officer for the Grounded Solutions Network, Tony was the Senior V.P. of Master Site Development for the Urban Land Conservancy, leading efforts to plan, finance and construct multiple equitable transit oriented development initiatives, complementing the $7.2B Denver FasTracks regional transit system. ULC’s Master Site Development work led by Tony has been described by collaborators as innovative; thinking about and achieving equitable outcomes in a comprehensive and cross-disciplinary manner.
Prior to joining ULC, Tony worked as the founding Executive Director of the Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative; a non-profit Community Land Trust entity focused on achieving equitable development outcomes as part of the Atlanta Beltline transit oriented development initiative. The Atlanta Beltline vision included the creation of 5,600 permanently affordable housing units over a 25 year period, in order to mitigate potential displacement and gentrification impacts in existing underserved communities along a 22 mile transit oriented development corridor. Prior to that Tony served as the Atlanta Housing Authority’s Director of Real Estate Strategy and Development; successfully creating multiple new mixed-income communities using innovative financing and public/private partnerships. Tony’s experience includes planning, creating and using local tax increment financing districts to leverage private investments in combination with additional federal and state funding sources to revitalize distressed communities.
Tony is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Architecture, Art and Planning and a strong advocate for holistic and equitable neighborhood development efforts.
Alex Camardelle is a senior policy analyst at GBPI, where he produces research that shows ways to reduce poverty, improve social services and provide support for Georgia’s workforce.
Prior to joining GBPI in 2018, he worked for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where he was responsible for strengthening economic opportunity through research, grantmaking and partnerships. The Georgia Center for Nonprofits recognized Alex as one of its 2017 “30 Under 30,” a distinction for emerging leaders who are a positive influence in Georgia’s nonprofit community.
Alex graduated from the University of Alabama. He also holds a master’s in Policy Analysis & Evaluation from Georgia State University, where he is now pursuing a doctorate in policy studies.