The Office of Housing and Community Development seeks to advance the aspirations of Atlanta City Design through the development of policy innovations and implementation of practices that shape neighborhood-scaled economies within our city. We build thriving local economies, drive housing innovation and affordability, and recommend policies aimed at ensuring an equitable and inclusive future for Atlanta and our residents.
Josh began his career as grassroots community organizer in Los Angeles and New York before moving back to Atlanta to work for change inside city government. As a community organizer, Josh worked on the Fight for $15 campaign and undocumented workers’ rights efforts in LA before moving to New York to help build a breakthrough economic development program that works to lift public housing communities out of the cycle of poverty. Josh has served as the Director of OHCD since Fall of 2019.
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Catherine Robertson is the Office Manager of OHCD. She is an Atlanta native, residing in a West Atlanta community. She oversees the operations within her department and is committed to ensuring customers and employees receive exceptional service. She has been working with the City of Atlanta for 5 years. Her previous role was administering exceptional customer service within the Department of Atlanta Information Management.
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A team member since May 2020, Carolina researches and develops innovative housing policies. She has experience in community reinvestment, land bank, public health, and transportation planning. You can speak with her in English or Spanish. Puedes hablar con ella en inglés o español.
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Ben’s work focuses on the neighborhood-level economic development programs managed by OHCD, including public vending, microenterprise and Atlanta Main Street. Before moving to Atlanta for graduate school, Ben managed public policy communications for a regional economic development organization in Pittsburgh. He is excited to help advance equitable small business development in the city of Atlanta and implement the goals and vision of Atlanta City Design.
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Jordan joined the OHCD team in 2015. He graduated from Georgia State University with a Master of Public Administration. He develops and implements policies to advance affordable housing and community development. Jordan is responsible for preparing legislation and for managing projects and programs for the office. He is passionate about innovating and implementing solutions to complex organizational and policy challenges.
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Kendra supports the work of OHCD by conducting analyses to support data-informed policymaking. She works with the team to develop research-based recommendations and policy solutions to address housing and community development challenges in Atlanta, and to evaluate the impacts of existing programs. She holds a PhD from Penn State where her research focused on the intersection of education and housing, and policies that create more equitable and diverse communities.
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Elizabeth serves as the Food Systems Planner on the OHCD and AgLanta teams. She works with city and community partners to help cultivate a more equitable, accessible and resilient food system in Atlanta. Visit AgLanta.org or follow @aglantagrown on Instagram to learn more.
Email Elizabeth at ebeak@atlantaGA.gov.
Semira has lived in the City of Atlanta for 15 years and has resided in Mozley Park since 2008. Originally a native of Missouri, she holds a BA in Sociology and Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the Universities of Missouri and Illinois. Previously, Semira spent time working to engage residents in communities such as Vine City and the neighborhoods of NPU-V. Her areas of expertise include resource development, capacity building, program administration, and community engagement.
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Emily works on initiatives to support Atlanta’s neighborhood commercial districts, including the Atlanta Main Street program and Storefront Redesign program for commercial façade improvements, as well as other community-driven efforts for neighborhood-scale economic development. Emily is a City of Atlanta native and holds a BA from the University of Georgia and a Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design.
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Anthony is a Certified Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspector and housing professional with experience in administering programs to provide permanent supportive housing to low- to moderate-income families and individuals. He manages the Inclusionary Zoning program, the Development Authority Housing ordinance, and other related ordinances for long-term compliance responsibilities, including record keeping, financial viability, tenant files and physical inspections.
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