Julio Carrillo
Chief Executive Officer

Julio Carrillo (pronunciation: Cay-reel-yo) is passionate about bringing strategic business thinking to Georgia’s nonprofit sector and driving measurable impact for organizations addressing issues that affect the stability and success of at-risk youth and families in low-opportunity communities. Joining Families First as its Chief Operating Officer in January 2020, Carrillo applies his 15 years of 501(c)3 management experience to implementing smarter service programs and strengthening partnerships among agencies, organizations, businesses and government that collectively occupy the nonprofit services ecosystem.

In 2006, Carrillo pivoted from supply chain and inventory management roles in the private sector (The Fresh Market and Cesca Logistics) to the public sector by joining Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta. For more than a decade through various operational and programming roles including COO, Carrillo helped its Atlanta staff and 100% volunteer workforce of 3,400 adult mentors to become an example to hundreds of chapters nationwide, showcasing better ways to mentor more children and change the trajectory of their lives.

Impressed with the impact of newly implemented nonprofit technology solutions that significantly enhanced the effectiveness and efficiencies of the Big Brothers Big Sisters agency, in 2017 Carrillo jumped at the chance to oversee the operations of TechBridge, a nonprofit providing creative technology transformations exclusively to nonprofit organizations working primarily in food security, homelessness and workforce development. Carrillo developed the nonprofit’s leadership, launched revenue streams and helped manage consulting teams in 47 states (and India) delivering 1,300 projects and serving clients like Feeding America and Habitat for Humanity.

A recognized change-maker and collaborative leader, Carrillo was selected as a member of the 2016 Leadership Atlanta class where he initiated outreach about domestic/intimate partner violence with the Latinx and LGBTQ communities. In 2017, he was named one of the Atlanta Business Chronicles’ 40 under 40 and the editors of Atlanta magazine have chosen him as one of our city’s most powerful leaders by The Atlanta 500. He currently serves as a Board member to Agape Youth & Family Center, Atlanta Victim Assistance and the GreenLight Fund. Carrillo is a native of Colombia, South America. He earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Spain. He is certified in Strategy and Innovation by Columbia University, City of New York. Carrillo speaks English and Spanish.

Elizabeth Banks, MPH
Chief Programs Officer

Elizabeth Banks is a public health practitioner and non-profit strategist who is devoted to creating healthy and equitable communities. With over 10 years of experience in research and strategic management, Elizabeth brings a valued skill set in performance optimization and program development. Prior to joining HOPE Atlanta, Elizabeth worked with Families First, the Foundation for Veterans’ Education and Research, UCLA Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, and several consulting agencies including James Bell & Associates. She holds a Master’s in Public Health from Emory University and, through her work with nonprofits, has specialized in program design, research and evaluation, and strategic management. As an up-and-coming leader in Atlanta, Elizabeth was selected as a member of Atlanta Women’s Foundations Inspire Class of 2022 and Georgia Forward’s Young Gamechanger Class of 2023.

Kellie Glenn
Chief Development Officer

Kellie Glenn is a passionate and dedicated non-profit leader with a background in social work and fundraising.  She has worked in the Atlanta non-profit sector for over 20 years and brings with her experience with programmatic direct care and engaging the Atlanta philanthropic community in missions that will impact populations in need.  As a first-generation college graduate, she earned her degree in Social Work from Georgia State University and worked with children diagnosed with emotional & behavioral disorders and provided case management services for clients with developmental disabilities.  It was her passion for youth and those experiencing homelessness that led her to nearly nine years of service on Covenant House Georgia’s Development Team during a period of exponential growth.  In 2020, Kellie was honored to be named one of the Atlanta Business Chronicles’ 40 under 40.  She has a huge heart for populations who are underserved in the Atlanta community and loves to engage others in the meaningful work that makes an impact on individuals’ lives. Kellie is an Atlanta resident along with her husband James and is a proud mother to two incredible children. She is thrilled to be part of the long history of Hope Atlanta and is excited about the future impact that is and has yet to be made to help Atlantan’s overcome homelessness.

Paula Scotman
Chief Financial Officer

Paula’s career commenced in New York as an auditor specializing in nonprofit, education, and government audits. Progressing into leadership roles encompassing finance, administration, human resources, and information technology, she effectively managed these critical functions for various organizations in New York. Subsequently, she joined Emory University in Georgia, where she spent a decade skillfully overseeing finance, operations, dining, and human resources for auxiliary services. Paula’s educational qualifications include an MBA from Emory Goizueta Business School, a Juris Master from Emory school of Law, and a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Finance & Human Resources from the esteemed New School University. Her commitment to continuous learning is exemplified through her Post Graduate Certificates in Evaluation and Assessment Methods from Agnes Scott College and her Six Sigma Green Belt certification.Beyond her professional accomplishments, Paula is a dedicated volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) advocating passionately for services benefiting children in foster care. Additionally, she actively contributes to the empowerment of young adults by teaching financial literacy, equipping them with invaluable skills for future success.

Vivien Dumford
Director of Corporate Relations

Vivien joined the HOPE Atlanta team as Director of Corporate Relations in 2024 and brings extensive experience in fundraising and building impactful partnerships between nonprofit organizations and corporations. An Atlanta native, she began her nonprofit career at the American Cancer Society, working to engage the Atlanta business community in the fight against cancer. Most recently, she held a role in Corporate Social Responsibility and led fundraising efforts to support Junior Achievement of Georgia. She is currently finishing her Master of Public Administration at the University of Georgia with a concentration in nonprofit management. Vivien has a strong passion for helping underserved communities, supporting animal welfare, and advancing civic engagement.

Beverly Heyward
Co-Director of Housing

Beverly has over 15 years of experience in social services working directly and indirectly with the homeless and underserved population. She has a BS degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Health Services. She has extensive history working in Mental Health, Substance Abuse & the Judicial System in Metro Atlanta. Her mission is to continuously strive to make a difference in the community as well as the lives of homeless families, individuals and the underserved population throughout the various counties.

Latricia Nation
Director of Veteran Services

Latricia has an extensive background working with a variety of the homeless population located in Metro Atlanta. Originally from Pensacola, she has a degree in Psychology from Ga State University, a Master’s in Business Administration, a Master’s in Philosophy and is currently a PhD candidate in Public Policy with a concentration in Non-Profit Management. Latricia is a certified Life Coach as well as a published Author.

Amy Olvey
Director of Community Engagement

Amy approaches all that she does with a passion to serve others and create positive change in the community. In her role as Director of Community Engagement, Amy is the primary point of contact for individuals, faith-based communities and corporate sponsors who want to support HOPE Atlanta through volunteer engagement and in-kind donations. Amy grew up in Statesboro, Georgia and graduated from Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. She taught school in Perry, Ga., and was a senior sales consultant with Scholastic Book Fairs, working closely with educators to promote literacy in the classroom. She and her husband attend Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. In her spare time, she enjoys international travel, playing golf and watching college football.

Jeffrey Palmer
Co-Director of Housing

Monyca Roberts
Director of Special Needs Housing

Monyca joined the HOPE Atlanta team in January 2015 as a case manager. For the past seven years, she has guided many individuals to self-sufficiency through various positions within the agency. With eleven years of experience working in social services, she is committed to providing the highest level of care to those in need. Monyca holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Spelman College.

Katherine Welker
Senior Director of Development

Katherine joined HOPE Atlanta as Development Director in 2021 and brings over 10 years of experience working in nonprofit development. Katherine has worked at nonprofit organizations of all sizes to help grow fundraising efforts, particularly in Individual Giving, and has a passion for helping connect supporters to the work they help make possible. She received her Master of Public Policy with a concentration in nonprofit management from Georgia State University and her B.A. in Political Science from The University of the South.  

Recognizing that the issues of homelessness, hunger, and racial justice are closely intertwined, HOPE Atlanta takes a public stand against racism and systemic injustices and declares that black lives matter.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors consists of several men and women who work in key industries that are essential in our fight to end homelessness and hunger in our community. Our organization is eternally grateful for our generous Board members who endow HOPE Atlanta with knowledge and support.

Kenneth Abele

Ernst & Young

Sarah Cash

Georgia Power Company

Robert O. Cotes, MD

Emory University School of Medicine

Laura Deisley

Walker Deisley Strategic Consulting

Jerry Getant


Robert L. Greene

Corporate Trainer/Consultant

Alex Idichandy

Wells Fargo

Angela Kolar

Colonial Pipeline

Ashley Luft

The Home Depot

Dr. Jaza Marina

Kaiser Permanente's Southeast Medical Group

Gina Espinosa-Meltzer

Hope Beckham Espinosa

Karthikeyan Ramasamy


Richard Slaton

JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Martina Jimenez Sperry

Wealth Management Leader

Rhonda Taylor


Matt Westmoreland

Councilman, City of Atlanta

Alexis Nicole White

Genuine Parts Company

Advisory Council

Dr. Raymond Allen

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Georgia Perinatal Consultants

Rocky Atkins

Board Chair of HOPE Atlanta

Bill Bolling

Founder, Board Chair & Senior Advisor
Food Well Alliance

Charlie Chesnutt

Senior Vice President
Genuine Parts

Ann Cone

Senior Vice President

Ann Cramer

Senior Consultant
Coxe Curry & Associates

Cinnamon Davis

Chief Counsel, Labor & Employment
Southern Company Gas

Kirk Elifson

Research Professor
Emory University

Aaron Goldman

Perennial Properties

Jack Hardin

Founding Partner
Rogers & Hardin LLP

Scott Holcomb

District 81 Representative
GA House of Representatives

Sonji Jacobs

Vice President, Corporate Communications & Public Relations
Cox Enterprises

Ken Keen

Associate Dean for Leadership Development
Emory University's Goizueta Business School

Merritt Lancaster

Bridger Properties

Kathryn Lawler

Saint Joseph’s/Mercy Care

Milton Little

President & CEO
United Way of Greater Atlanta

Matthew Moffett

Partner, Lawyer
Gray, Rust, St. Amand, Moffett & Brieske

Egbert Perry

Chairman & CEO

Meaghan Shannon Vlkovic

Vice President and Market Leader
Enterprise Community Partners

John Spillman

Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP

Aaron Swain

President of Property Management/Operations
Columbia Residential

Steve Tedder

Live Oak Capital Partners LLC

Matthew Toddy

Former General Counsel
Bon Secours Health System
Pro-bono attorney for HOPE Atlanta

Bill Vogel

Managing Principal
Montag & Caldwell

David Zanaty

Mynd Management

Young Professionals Board

HOPE Atlanta is very grateful for these Young Professional members who bring to us knowledge, enthusiasm, and a fresh and different perspective.

Stefanie Small

Young Professionals Board Chair


Catherine Bates

Gas South

Ashley Quagliaroli Bossert

Maranie Brown


Edwin Coffie


Mandy Eidson

Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership

James Fradette


Leonard Henry


Alex B. Jones

Georgia Tech

Will Jourdan


Michael MacDonald


Alyssa Nowlin

Ernst & Young

Sign up.
Stay inspired.

Keep in touch by subscribing to our emails.