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ABOUT OPEN DOORS

In 2012, a group of leading real estate professionals in Atlanta founded the Atlanta Real Estate Collaborative (AREC). AREC’s goal was to create innovative solutions to the problem of homelessness. In studying the issue, AREC board members zeroed in on a faulty housing dynamic: People who desperately needed housing and property owners who badly needed tenants often failed to get together.

After more analysis, it was clear that legal, financial, and perception barriers about the homeless made some property owners hesitate. Unfortunately, the owners’ reluctance left vulnerable families and veterans “out in the cold.”

To overcome barriers – one by one if necessary – AREC created a new action-oriented program called Open Doors. Its mission was “making connections to bring people home.” The new program found innovative ways to reduce obstacles and to bring both parties together. Whether owners needed help to negotiate fair housing requirements or wanted concrete assurance that renters could pay, Open Doors and their nonprofit service provider partners provided the answers. Along the way, Open Doors also improved lives and boosted bottom-lines — a combination that worked. Over five years later, Open Doors has facilitated housing for more than 5,600 residents. 

WE BLEW AWAY THE GOAL OF 500 PLACEMENTS FOR 2016!

Veteran w/ family members52
Veteran individual190
Non-vet w/ family members206
Non-vet individual164
Total Households Housed612
Total # of Veterans244
Total # in families w/ kids660
Total Individuals (no kids)345
Total People Housed1005

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Aaron Goldman, President & Co-Owner, Perennial Properties
Board Chairperson

Aaron is the president and co-owner of Perennial Properties, Inc., an Atlanta-based firm specializing in development and management of high-end urban apartments with street level retail. In 2012, Aaron became a founding board member of the Atlanta Real Estate Collaborative (AREC), a group of real estate principals that joined together to address homelessness and to advocate for sound affordable housing policy. Aaron also serves as the founding board chair of Open Doors, a non-profit initiated by AREC to connect Atlanta’s homeless population to properties with vacancy. Over 5,500 Atlanta residents have exited homelessness through Open Doors.

Aaron is an active board member of Partners for H.O.M.E., Inc., a nonprofit which collaborates for the Atlanta Continuum of Care (CoC) to secure funds for programs and coordinate efforts across the community. Raised in Milwaukee, Aaron is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin real estate program and has served on the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association Board of Trustees. While working in finance in Chicago, Aaron served as a volunteer and board member of the Cabrini Green Youth Program (now Chicago Youth Programs). Aaron also served as a board member for Cool Girls, Inc., a nationally recognized mentoring and after school program serving at-risk girls. Aaron is married with three children and resides in Atlanta’s Morningside neighborhood.

Sara Haas, Senior Program Director, Enterprise Community Partners
Board Secretary

Under Sara’s leadership, ECP became a founding partner with the Atlanta Real Estate Collaborative, providing resources and leadership for Open Doors program development and sustainability.  Sara’s expertise and connections have allowed Open Doors to build relationships within the affordable housing community in Atlanta.

Within Enterprise, Sara leads emerging work in Miami, and develops and implements affordable housing preservation and nonprofit capacity-building initiatives for the Southeast. Prior to joining Enterprise, Sara developed and managed national AmeriCorps VISTA programs focused on affordable housing and community development at Habitat for Humanity International and Points of Light. Sara earned a master’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology School of City and Regional Planning and received a bachelor’s from the Emory University Goizueta Business School. She lives in the city of Atlanta with her husband Stew, son Eli and dog Dolly Parton.

Kelley Henderson, Chief Executive Officer, Action Ministries
Board Treasurer

Kelley serves as the CEO for Action Ministries, Inc., a 55-year-old charitable organization with a mission to lead people out of poverty. His responsibilities include leading AMI’s strategy to deliver outcomes-driven programming across the state of Georgia. Kelley was an early adopter of Open Doors ATL’s new approach to solving homelessness, and he helped to establish the successful partnership between Open Doors and Action Ministries.

Under Kelley’s leadership, Action Ministries serves over 120,000 people each year, ending hunger, ending homelessness, and closing achievement gaps for families. With the help of 70 staff, over 11,000 volunteers, and 2,000+ partners, AMI serves nearly 60 counties across Georgia. Kelley has a bachelor’s of science from Georgia Southern and a master’s in Theological Study from Spring Hill College. Kelley lives in the Smyrna area, and is father to a daughter in college at Mercer University.

Matt Hurd, LCSW
Executive Director
Open Doors

During his tenure, Matt has helped Open Doors recruit 100 new real estate communities (representing 150,000 units) and establish partnerships with over 50 nonprofit service providers in Metro Atlanta.  In partnership with the Open Doors Board of Directors, Matt has developed innovative financial products to reduce risk and increase financial upside for owners.  In addition, he has helped implement visionary new technologies that streamline operations.  Matt has consulted with housing leaders in Seattle, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Denver and Phoenix in their efforts to replicate components of the Open Doors model in their communities. Additionally, Matt has presented seminars on landlord recruitment for leading homeless non-profits across the nation. 

 Matt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has practiced in the fields of behavioral health and supportive housing for 15 years. Prior to joining Open Doors in 2015, Matt was a clinical systems manager with Advantage Behavioral Health Systems in Athens, Georgia and the director of residential services with the DeKalb Community Service Board in Decatur, Georgia. As a clinical therapist, he specializes in the behavioral treatment of co-occurring disorders for adults with severe and persistent psychiatric illness.  Matt has served as the planning committee chair and board member for the DeKalb County Continuum of Care and is a current board member of the Georgia Supportive Housing Association.  A native of Florida, Matt earned a bachelor’s and master’s of social work from Florida State University.  Matt is a lifelong runner and an active member of Skyland United Methodist Church.  He enjoys any activity outdoors and loves spending time with his family and friends. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Richard Berman
Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives for Innovation and Research
University of South Florida

A veteran with decades of experience in entrepreneurship, sustainability, strategic consulting, and healthcare, he brings a wide range of experience to Open Doors.  His strategic insight helped establish Open Doors in Atlanta and informed its operational development.

Richard has served as an entrepreneur in residence at Georgia Institute of Technology and as CEO of Consulting Health Care, Education, Housing and Youth development.  From 1995-2009, he served as president of Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York.  He has worked as an advisor to the government of Rwanda, as a senior advisor in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and as an assistant dean at Cornell School of Medicine.  He spent several years in his early career in consulting for McKinsey.  He also has served as the commissioner for Housing and Community Development for the state of New York. He earned a bachelor’s, MBA and MPH (Masters of Public Health) from the University of Michigan. Though his accomplishments are numerous, he considers the most significant to be his role as a father and a “Pop-Pop” to his grandchildren.

Shea Campbell
Senior Vice President, Southeast Multifamily Group
CBRE

Shea Campbell is a senior vice president with CBRE’s Southeast Multifamily Group. Shea represents private, high net worth buyers as well as institutional investors in the disposition of multifamily properties throughout the Southeast. Shea’s connections to owners and property managers in the apartment business have helped to create new connections for Open Doors.

Since joining CBRE in early 2010, Mr. Campbell has led or co-lead over $10 billion in apartment transactions.  He serves on the University of Georgia’s Terry College Young Alumni Board and the Real Estate Alumni Steering Committee. He is also an active member of the East Lake Foundation’s 691 Society.  An Atlanta native, Shea enjoys playing golf, cheering on the UGA football team, and spending time with his wife Trish and their two young daughters.

Brett Finklestein
Chief Executive Officer
CF Real Estate, Inc.

As the chief executive officer for CF Real Estate, Inc. Brett leads all divisions of operations, business development, and construction. Brett has served in this capacity since 2013 and continues to develop and grow in the multifamily industry. When Open Doors began operation in 2012, CF Real Estate was one of the first management companies to accept Open Doors residents. The success CF created with Open Doors paved the way for the addition of many more management companies and properties to come.

As head of one of the nation’s largest multifamily property management firms, Brett holds strategic roles influencing CF Real Estate Services’ growth and leadership. Brett started his career as an auditor of securities firms in 1998 with the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD). He formed Cocke Finkelstein, Inc. (CFI) in 2004 alongside Byron Cocke and acquired Lane Company forming CF Real Estate Services in 2013. Brett attended the University of Georgia and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s of business administration in finance.

Robert LaChapelle
Vice Chairman
CBRE

Robert LaChapelle is Vice Chairman for CBRE’s Debt & Equity Finance Group in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 1993, Robert has procured debt and equity for some of the largest multi-family transactions in the country. He has also been instrumental in originating new sources of debt and equity for CBRE clients. Robert is a founding board member of the Atlanta Real Estate Collaborative (AREC), a thought-leading organization that develops solutions to affordable housing-related issues in Atlanta. Robert is also a founding board member for Open Doors ATL. He has contributed his time and talent as an Open Doors fundraiser and was pivotal in generating the organization’s first three years of operational funding.

During his career, Robert has been recognized as a top producer by numerous institutions including Allianz Life Insurance, Allstate Life Insurance, Freddie Mac – Southeast Region, Nationwide Life Insurance, and PPM Finance. He is an eight-time recipient of the Coldwell Colbert Circle Award which recognizes the top three percent of commissioned salespeople within CBRE worldwide. Robert and his wife Laura divide their time between Roswell, Georgia and the Gulf Coast of Florida. He and Laura enjoy spending time boating and fishing with friends and three adult children.

Marc Lefar
President and Chief Executive Officer
RentPath

Marc Lefar is the president and chief executive officer of RentPath, the leading digital marketplace connecting millions of consumers with apartments, condos and houses for rent. RentPath’s network of popular websites and mobile apps includes ApartmentGuide.com, Rent.com, Lovely and Rentals.com. Under Marc’s leadership, RentPath created the RentPath Gives Back Foundation, focused on eradicating homelessness by putting muscles, minds and money to work in communities nationwide. Through this effort, Marc saw an opportunity to leverage RentPath’s strength as a digital powerhouse, and he pulled together a talented group of engineers to create Open Doors’ own digital platform. The new website tool and phone app increases access to affordable housing in Atlanta and give Open Doors a platform to extend its reach.

Over his 30-year career, Marc has developed a unique blend of global marketing, financial and operational expertise. Prior to joining RentPath, he was the chief executive officer of Vonage. Under his leadership, the company underwent a financial, operational and strategic transformation while expanding into new markets and driving dramatic shareholder returns. Prior to Vonage, Marc was the chief marketing officer of Cingular Wireless (now AT&T Mobility) where played a lead role in the acquisition and integration of AT&T Wireless into Cingular in 2005 and later worked with Steve Jobs and his team to develop the exclusive partnership to launch the iPhone. Marc currently serves on the Board of Directors of IPC Systems, the leading provider of communications for the financial services and trading communities. He is a frequent guest lecturer on the topics of strategy, marketing and global commerce and serves on the Board of Advisors of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. From 2011 – 2016, Marc served on President Obama’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. He is a past director of the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Georgia and Alabama. An inventor, Marc holds two U.S. patents and has five additional patents pending. More importantly, he is the proud father of two sons who have followed in his footsteps at the University of Virginia. A native of Chester, New Jersey, Marc currently resides in Atlanta.

Dave Loeffel
Principal
Walton Communities

Dave Loeffel is currently a principal with Affordable Housing Investments at Walton Communities.  Walton is a developer, owner and manager of apartment communities throughout metro Atlanta and Augusta. As a founding board member of the Atlanta Real Estate Collaborative (AREC), Dave has been integral to addressing the housing needs of homeless individuals in Atlanta. As part of that effort, he spearheaded Open Doors’ Limited Rent Guarantee to reduce risks and increase program participation by owners. His strong ties in Cobb and Gwinnett counties helped Open Doors enter those difficult-to-penetrate markets.

Since working with Walton Communities, Dave has worked in many aspects of the business starting with property management and maintenance before working with the chief financial officer in financial activities. Dave takes the lead on all new tax credit developments and tax credit investments and syndications for Walton. Dave also serves on the Board of Directors for the Good Samaritan Clinic of Cobb County and the Georgia Affordable Housing Coalition. He is involved in the mentor programs at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory’s Goizueta Business School. Dave received an MBA from Emory’s Goizueta Business School in 2011. He earned a bachelor’s in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech and is a chartered financial analyst (CFA).

Jake Maguire
Principal
Community Solutions

Jake is a principal at Community Solutions, where he executes systems-change work designed to help communities end homelessness throughout the US and the world. He advises partner-led housing efforts in several countries, as well as Community Solutions’ own “Built for Zero Collaborative” in the United States. Jake is a major resource for the Atlanta Real Estate Collaborative (AREC). He provided valuable education on the issues surrounding homelessness to aid AREC in optimizing the effectiveness of Open Doors.

From 2010-2014, Jake led communications for the 100,000 Homes Campaign, Community Solutions’ flagship large-scale change effort. He spearheaded the campaign’s successful bid for the United Nations’ World Habitat Award as well as its appearance on 60 Minutes. Prior to joining Community Solutions, Jake advised a range of candidates and elected officials on effective communications and public affairs strategies. He holds a bachelor’s from Amherst College and a master’s from the University of Texas at Austin.

John Marti
Vice President of Operations
Hammond Residential Group

John Marti is vice president of operations for Hammond Residential Group and brings 25+ years of experience in the multifamily housing industry to Open Doors. His background spans through all disciplines of property management including new construction, rehabilitations, tax credit, A+ communities, lease-ups, and student housing. John was an early fundraiser and property participant for Open Doors. As a leader in Atlanta’s real estate community, his involvement helped attract other desirable property partners to the cause.

John currently supervises a regional manager and property manager staff in over 50 communities, spanning six states and over 10,000 apartment homes. Prior to joining HRG, John’s career started in 1988 in an entry level position with a local property management company. Over the course of the next 28 years, John worked through the ranks of employment from maintenance technician to vice president. John lives on a small farm in Loganville, Georgia with his wife and three children. He enjoys spending time on the farm with his family, attending sporting events of his alma mater, the University of Florida, and working with his charitable foundation Tyler’s Hope.

Lee McComb
Marketing Consultant

Lee McComb works as a freelance marketing consultant in Atlanta, focusing on real estate and non-profit organizations. From 2013 to 2017, she served as a marketing strategist for CBRE Southeast Multifamily Group and created investment presentations for the brokerage team’s highest profile national assignments. During her tenure at CBRE, Lee’s marketing efforts assisted the group with over $12 billion in successful transactions. As a volunteer strategist for Open Doors, Lee has helped to establish the organization’s brand image, create a new website, and develop print and electronic marketing to aid the mission.

Lee began real estate marketing after almost a decade in the advertising agency business, where she served as vice president and account director for a national advertising firm. During her agency tenure, she was named by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the “best marketing minds” in the Atlanta advertising industry. Lee is a board member for the Atlanta Real Estate Collaborative. She has served on the strategic planning committee for High Meadows School in Roswell, GA and as a volunteer host family for ChildSpring International (an organization that provides U.S. medical aid to children from developing countries.) She earned a bachelor’s in communications from the University of Tennessee and an MBA in marketing from Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Management. She and her husband, Malcolm, have three adult children.

John G. Morris
Co-Founder, Senior Partner
Morris, Manning & Martin

John G. Morris is a co-founder of Morris, Manning & Martin and a senior partner in the firm’s real estate and real estate capital markets practices. Under John’s ’s leadership, the firm, founded in 1976 with six lawyers, has grown to become an AmLaw 200 Firm with revenues in excess of $100 million. John has provided legal counsel for some of the nation’s largest real estate transactions including complicated equity raises, acquisitions, REIT sales, and joint ventures in the hundreds of millions. John has been involved with Open Doors since its inception, and the firm has provided pro-bono legal support to advance Open Doors’ mission.

John is a former chairperson of the Buckhead Coalition and the current chairperson of the Francis H. Hemphill Educational Foundation. He has been named a “Georgia Super Lawyer” by Atlanta magazine for each year 2004 through 2018, placing him in the top five percent of lawyers in the state. John graduated from Duke University and earned a law degree from Emory University School of Law. He has served as associate editor of the Journal of Public Law and has earned Omicron Delta Kappa honors for leadership, and the Order of the Coif honors for scholarship in law. He is affiliated with the American Bar Association, the 300 Club of Atlanta, the Urban Land Institute, and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT).

Edward Powers
Executive Director
Hope Atlanta

Ed has been the executive director of HOPE Atlanta since January, 1994. Founded in Atlanta in 1900, the vision of Hope Atlanta is “to make homelessness in metro Atlanta rare, brief and non-recurring.” In his capacity as executive director, Ed works to develop comprehensive solutions that promote lifelong stability. Ed’s insight helped to inform Open Doors’ vision from the beginning, and HOPE Atlanta was an early partner in Open Doors’ program.

Prior to his current position, Ed was the country director of the Pearl S. Buck Foundation’s programs in Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam from 1985 to 1992. He has worked for the Department of State as a contractor at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok. He is a Vietnam veteran, and he holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He serves on the boards of directors for Travelers Aid International and the City of Atlanta Continuum of Care. Ed and his wife, Andrea Fowler, have three grown children and are the proud grandparents of five grandchildren.

Matt Shulman
Chief Executive Officer
The Ardent Companies

Matt Shulman is chief executive officer of The Ardent Companies, a real estate investment and asset management firm located in Atlanta, Georgia. Matt is also a founding board member of the Atlanta Real Estate Collaborative (AREC), which has focused on solving Atlanta homelessness and affordable housing issues since 2012. With the arrival of Open Doors, Matt made a major fundraising push to support its initial 3-year start-up,

Since 2012, Ardent has placed over $1 billion into debt and equity investments in multifamily, single family residential, retail, and office real estate covering 28 states. Under Matt’s leadership, The Ardent Companies have built homes and provided construction services for commercial and residential investors. Prior to forming Ardent, Matt was with Rialto Capital where he was a managing director and with Fairway Capital Partners, where he was a founding partner. Matt grew up in suburban Detroit. He received a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Arizona and a master’s in real estate finance from New York University. Matt was also an adjunct professor of real estate finance at New York University. In 2008, Matt and his wife Karen moved to Sandy Springs, where they currently reside with their two children.

Paul Vetter
Managing Director of Investment Sales
Berkadia

Paul Vetter is a managing director of investment sales for Berkadia in Atlanta, Georgia. He specializes in the sale of multifamily properties in metro Atlanta, Georgia, the Carolinas, and the Southeast. Paul’s deep relationships in the multifamily industry allow him to spread the story of Open Doors widely throughout Atlanta’s community. His efforts to sign on new participants have fueled a giant leap for the program.

Paul, along with his partner Andrew Mays, form the top-performing investment sales team within Berkadia specializing in multifamily. Together, they closed 47 transactions totaling $595 million in 2017. Vetter helps his clients identify the growing value of properties and neighborhoods in the Atlanta metro region. Prior to Berkadia, Paul worked in brokerage for Marcus and Millichap and in operations for Eagle Global Logistics. He earned a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Tennessee.

STRATEGIC VOLUNTEER

David Bell
Chief Strategy Officer, Vice President of Corporate Development
RentPath

David serves as chief strategy officer and vice president of corporate development for RentPath in Atlanta, Georgia. RentPath provides digital marketing solutions for the rental housing industry through a wide network of websites and mobile apps including ApartmentGuide.com and Rent.com. In his role, David is responsible for developing, prioritizing, communicating and guiding implementation of RentPath’s strategic initiatives. As an Open Doors volunteer, he is leading the development of a three-year strategic plan.

David brings experience from a variety of industries, with a focus on media, local advertising, technology and private equity. Prior to joining RentPath, he served as vice president of strategy and value creation at YP Holdings, LLC,. Previously, he spent eight years at Bain & Company, Inc., first as a consultant and ultimately as a principal. He began his career at BKV Advertising in Atlanta. David earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University. He currently serves as a volunteer for the Princeton Alumni Schools Committee and as a member of the Corporate Leadership Council at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. He lives in Virginia Highlands with his wife Roselani and three sons, Beau, Asa, and Luke.

STAFF

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OUR SPONSORS:

Atlanta Real Estate Collaborative (AREC), a group of private individuals with extensive real estate experience, has housed over 2,000 individuals in approximately 1,300 apartment units in just over two years. AREC connects property owners and managers to the Open Doors team, assisting with recruitment and education of affordable properties.

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Enterprise Community Partners serves as the fiscal sponsor for Open Doors. Enterprise provides ongoing program support through research, process development, marketing and data analysis. Enterprise has invested $163 million in grants, loans and equity, which leverage almost $577 million in total development cost to create or preserve 8,500 affordable units in the Metro Atlanta Region.

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OUR PROCESS: