Since 2013, Open Doors has been making connections to bring people home. Each year we help our non-profit partners place about a thousand people into permanent, stable housing. The process saves time, money, and heart ache for residents — and just as importantly, delivers dependable, well-supported renters to property partners.
With our strong ties to the real estate community, Open Doors developed a program that works as well for property owners as it does for people who need a place to live
Aaron Goldman, Founder,
Tells the Story of Open Doors
Dennis Stein, a documentary filmmaker from San Diego, interviewed Aaron Goldman for his film, “Tony: The Movie.” In this clip, Aaron talks about how Open Doors started – and about how Open Doors’ connections to the real estate industry make a difference.
President & Co-Owner, Perennial Properties
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 non-profit 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.
Senior Program Director, Enterprise Community Partners
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 non-profit 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.
Matt Hurd, LCSW
During his tenure, Matt has helped Open Doors recruit 100 new real estate communities (representing 150,000 units) and establish partnerships with over 50 non-profit 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
- Marvin Banks
- Michael Baum
- David Bell
- Richard Berman
- Shea Campbell
- Darion Dunn
- Christie Eash
- Melissa Frawley
- Russ Hardy
- Robert LaChapelle
- Marc Lefar
- Dave Loeffel
- Jake Maguire
- John Marti
- Lee McComb
- Ken Reaves
- Christopher Smith
- Paul Vetter
M. Banks Realty Partners
Marvin Banks oversees a multifamily real estate investment platform oriented toward arbitrage opportunities creating outsized returns. He is well-known for his leadership skills, complex decision analysis and strategic planning capabilities. He has more than 35 years of experience in commercial real estate, including having served as chief operating officer for Storage Post, as the president of Cortland Partners, where he remains a corporate advisor, and with over 15 years in executive leadership positions for Gables Residential, where he was chief financial officer, a member of executive committee and was instrumental in the company’s IPO, M&A activity and the ultimate $2.8 billion sale of the company to ING Clarion in 2005. He has also served as a partner with Trammell Crow Residential and with Ernst & Young. Marvin was a founding director of the Private Bank of Buckhead and was instrumental in its merger with NCOM at the highest bank sector valuation achieved in 2016. He was Chairman of BluTrend, a leading technology firm focused on back office automation for multifamily real estate firms, until its merger with RealPage in 2018, and he is a founding advisor for HelloPackage, a technology driven startup targeting package logistics solutions in the multifamily arena.
Marvin is a former chairman of the board of the Children’s Museum of Atlanta and the NFL Youth Education Town, and is chairman of the board of the Georgia Council for International Visitors. He teaches graduate courses on REITs at Emory University, has been on the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin and taught for a number of years at Georgia State University in graduate and doctoral programs. Marvin is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting.
Chair of Chicago Real Estate Practice, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Michael J. Baum is Chair of the firm’s Chicago Real Estate Practice. He focuses his practice on domestic and cross-border real estate transactions. Michael represents clients in connection with the sponsorship, formation and implementation of U.S. and international (primary focus in Mexico) real estate opportunity funds, joint ventures, acquisitions, developments, financings, leasing and dispositions of multi-family, industrial, office, retail and resort properties. He also represents both financial institutions and borrowers in connection with all aspects of the capital markets, including construction, mezzanine and general secured real estate financings.
Michael’s philanthropic initiatives include his active directorship on the Digestive Health Foundation Board, in affiliation with Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Digestive Health Center. He also actively supports the University of Texas @ Austin, providing scholarships and mentorship within the McCombs School of Business.
Michael lives in Chicago, with his wife (Stephanie), and their 3 boys and 2 dogs.
Chief Strategy Officer, Vice President of Corporate Development
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.
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.
Senior Vice President, Southeast Multifamily Group
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.
Darion Dunn, Professional Engineer, is the managing partner of Atlantica Properties, a real estate investment and property management company specializing in workforce housing in metro Atlanta. Atlantica’s mission is to empower individuals by establishing thriving, holistic communities. Since Atlantica’s founding in 2010, Darion has expanded from single family into multifamily investment and established the company as a role model for workforce housing acquisition and property management. In his early career, Darion worked as a project manager for Harrington, George & Dunn and later as Lead Program Manager for Croy Engineering, where he led projects with a budget of over $250 million. Darion has also served as the Director of Capital Improvements and Planning for the Buckhead Community Improvement District, managing projects for one of the most dynamic regions in the southeastern United States.
Darion began his career as a real estate investor in 1998 while earning a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a Certificate in Economics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is sits on the boards of Chattahoochee Technical College Foundation, the Center for Family Resources, a community organization with a mission to provide stable housing to families experiencing homelessness, and Star‐C, a non-profit with a mission to reduce transiency in the local school system and improve student academic success. Darion and his wife Raquel live in Smyrna and are avid Atlanta United and Atlanta Hawks fans.
Senior Vice President
Christie Eash is a senior vice president with AMLI Residential and has filled various senior roles during her 25+ year career with the company. Christie has managed both AMLI East Coast operations and National Retail operations, and has been the key liaison for AMLI’s management team on numerous East Coast developments and acquisitions. She is currently working with AMLI’s education team to evaluate new training opportunities and to broaden the reach of AMLI’s educational offerings. In addition, she leads several national operational projects.
In 2017, Christie served as the Chair of the Atlanta Apartment Association, and is currently on the Georgia Apartment Association Foundation Board. In addition, she is the current Chair of the Operations Committee with the National Apartment Association.
Christie and her husband Steve are recent empty nesters, as their daughter Jordan was married last year and their son Jake is in college. They reside in the Briarcliff area, with their two dogs Bella and Charlie.
Senior Vice President, Atlanta Region Manager
Commercial Real Estate
Wells Fargo & Company
Melissa Frawley is a senior vice president and regional manager for the Atlanta region of Wells Fargo’s Commercial Real Estate business line. She is based in Atlanta and has responsibility for leading a team that covers private real estate developers and owners based in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. Melissa was promoted to her current position as a Regional Manager when Wachovia merged with Wells Fargo in 2009. Prior to the merger, she managed Wachovia’s Atlanta origination effort. Melissa joined Wachovia Bank in 1996 as a relationship manager for the Commercial Real Estate Group in Atlanta, covering Atlanta, and later West Coast markets. She started her banking career in Florida at Barnett Bank as a credit analyst.
Melissa also serves on the Executive Committees of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Children’s Shelter in the position of Board Secretary and as a board member of Central Atlanta Progress. She is a member of the HouseATL Task Force, the Urban Land Institute’s Capital Markets Council, and Wells Fargo’s Student Housing Council. She has been a featured speaker or panelist at wide ranging events sponsored by ULI, Emory University’s M.B.A. program, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers, BisNow Atlanta, InterFace Student Housing, Commercial Real Estate Women, and the Southern California Development Forum. Melissa earned a B.A. in finance from the University of Florida and an M.B.A. from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. She resides in the Virginia Highland neighborhood of Atlanta with her husband and three children.
Russ Hardy is a managing director with Berkadia and is the institutional sales lead for the Southeast Multifamily Group based in Atlanta. During his career, he has been involved in the sales and marketing of over 200 institutional assets across the Southeast, totaling over $8 billion of transactions. Russ specializes in multifamily assets across a variety of construction types, geographies and risk profiles. In addition to his investment sales experience, he also has extensive experience on the principal side of the commercial real estate business.
An Atlanta native, Russ spends time volunteering with the homeless at Atlanta Mission both in their men’s shelter, The Shepherd’s Inn, and with his family at My Sister’s House – the shelter for women and children. An advocate of homelessness programs, veteran’s programs, and cancer research, he has sponsored and hosted numerous fundraising events to raise money and awareness for these various causes. He also spends time mentoring college students and volunteers at Decatur City Church and Intown Community School. Russ earned a bachelor’s degree in management with a marketing concentration from the Georgia Institute of Technology and earned an Master of Business Administration in finance and a Master of Science in real estate from Georgia State University. He also served proudly in the United States Marine Corps.
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.
President and Chief Executive Officer
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 is the CEO of Highlands Residential. Highlands Residential develops, owns and manages age exclusive rental communities. As a 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.
Dave began his real estate career at Walton Communities working in various aspects of the business starting with property management and maintenance before working with the chief financial officer in all financial activities. Dave created Walton Communities’ affordable housing business platform building partnerships with various housing authorities in the state. Dave also serves on the Georgia Affordable Housing Coalition and the PTF Board of his children’s school. 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). He lives in East Cobb with his wife Laura and three kids, Nate, Luke, and Sophia Kate.
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.
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 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.
Senior Vice President of Client Services and Strategy
Charter Global, Inc.
Ken Reaves is the senior vice president of client services and strategy at Charter Global. He’s an innovative thought-leader with 30 years of diverse experience driving organizational growth, fostering high-performance teams and invoking positive change. Prior to joining Charter Global, Ken successfully managed multi-million-dollar projects for organizations such as Cox Communication, Macy’s, InterContinental Hotel Group, TSYS and Matrix Resources.
Ken’s community involvement includes serving as an influential vice president of strategy and planning at the Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA). BDPA is a progressive non-profit organization of professionals working in the computer science and IT professional industry with the aim to mentor and develop minority youth from the “classroom to the boardroom.” A Philadelphia native, Ken has a bachelor’s in computer science from Florida A&M University and a master’s in project management from Keller Graduate School of Management. Ken resides in Duluth, Georgia with his wife Charmaine and three academically and athletically talented sons: Krisoffer is an American Professional Soccer Player, Cameron is currently attending college at Harvard University, and Anthony plays for the Atlanta United U17 soccer academy team.
The Home Depot
Christopher Smith is vice president of supply chain technology and merchandising and marketing services. Christopher leads the technology strategy and development of The Home Depot’s supply chain to create a competitive advantage for the company. Christopher joined Home Depot in 2006 as director of supply chain technology before being promoted to senior director. Previously, he was a director of supply chain/marketing at Circuit City Stores Inc.
Christopher has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Radford University.
Managing Director of Investment Sales
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.
Idea Associates is a full-service marketing and branding agency that has served the real estate industry for over 30 years. They have worked in every facet of commercial and residential real estate and we are grateful for their partnership with Open Doors.
Homelessness is a national crisis. There are several ways to serve families who are transitioning out of homelessness and we want to help Open Doors connect with companies looking to make a difference. The families we meet and the stories we hear when we volunteer show us how great a need there is.
“My hope is to leverage my 30+ years in real estate to meet a basic need: shelter. Too often we forget how privileged we are to have a home. In partnering with Open Doors I am excited to use my relationships with clients and other industry leaders to help make long term housing options more easily available for families transitioning out of homelessness.”
– Sibet Freides, Principal at Idea Associates
Mike von Grey
Mike von Grey wrapped up a 30-year career as a serial entrepreneur in early 2018. Most recently, he was the founder and CEO of RevenueMed, an Atlanta-based provider of coding, revenue cycle management, and business process management services for the healthcare sector. During his career, he started and achieved successful liquidity events for three firms in the software and healthcare sectors.
Following an early stint as an officer in the US Army, Mike earned a bachelor of science with honors from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and an MBA with honors from the Harvard Business School. He devotes much of his time towards civic and charitable leadership roles including the Georgia Tech Arts Advisory Board and is a founder investor in the Greenlight Fund Venture Philanthropy initiate in Atlanta. He and his wife Jill reside in Atlanta, Georgia, have four daughters, and enjoy travel, cycling and alpine skiing.