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Jeffrey M. Smythe
Chief Executive Officer​​

Jeff became the CEO for HOPE Atlanta in December 2018. He has dedicated his career to serving human services organizations that focus on poverty alleviation and make a transformative impact on those they serve.  For more than 13 years, Jeff served as the Executive Director for Meals On Wheels Atlanta (formerly Senior Citizen Services).  During his tenure, the organization tripled in both the number of seniors served and the annual revenues raised while expanding services to surrounding counties.  Over the course of his career, Jeff also served in leadership positions for Lutheran Services of Georgia, C5 Youth Foundation, EARTH University Foundation, Meals On Wheels America, Open Hand Atlanta and WorldTeach Costa Rica.

Jeff currently serves on the boards for the Georgia Supportive Housing Association and Travelers Aid International.

Ashley Williams
Chief Operating Officer

Ashley has been with HOPE Atlanta since November 2018. She oversees the day-to-day operation of all client programs and services, while providing leadership and supervision to the management and staff. Previously, she served as the Deputy Director of Housing and Resource Coordination for the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Homeless Continuum of Care. Her leadership and case management experience while working in home care agencies and mental health residential gives her great insight into the needs of clients and their families served in metro Atlanta. As a member of HOPE Atlanta’s executive leadership team, she commits to implementing and executing the agency’s strategic and tactical plans and policies to make homelessness in Atlanta rare, brief, and non-recurring.

Liz Liston
Chief Development Officer​

Liz joined HOPE Atlanta in 2019 having spent the last 13 years in nonprofit fundraising with a focus on human services. She has a diverse skill set, including experience in major gift fundraising, event planning, volunteer management, grant writing, and capital campaign management. Liz has served the Atlanta community through positions with The Galloway School and Truancy Intervention Project Georgia, and recently led the efforts of CHRIS 180’s 15-million dollar capital campaign, which will double the organization’s impact by 2020. Most recently, she raised funds for the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. She enjoys interacting with donors to align their philanthropic interests with programs and services that improve the lives of our community’s most vulnerable.

Camille D. Cochran
Clinical Director of Homeless Services

Camille is a licensed clinical social worker and joined HOPE Atlanta in 2020. She received her BSW from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama and obtained her MSW from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Camille is currently a PhD candidate at Clark Atlanta University School of Social Work. She has worked in the field of social work for over 15 years.

David-Lee Mattison
Director of Special Needs Housing

David has over 25 years of combined experience in homeless and providing HIV prevention education/risk-reduction counseling services and Program Management. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Hospitality Management from Norfolk State University. David has an extensive background with the LGBT community, specifically targeting high-risk racial and ethnic minority populations in nontraditional venues. He is also a National Behavioral Interventions trainer for the CDC and State of Georgia and a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

Deadra McCray
Director of Homeless Outreach

Deadra has over 15 years of experience working in case management. She has held positions as a mental health paraprofessional and a lead PATH case manager as well as a depth of experience working with individuals treated for alcohol and substance abuse. Deadra holds a Master’s in Special Education and a Bachelor’s in Social and Criminal Justice from Ashford University. She has been with HOPE Atlanta since 2017.

Erika Parks
Director of Housing

Erika has been with HOPE Atlanta for the past 10 years. She is a Tulsa, Oklahoma Native where she received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma.  Erika continued her education at Capella University and holds a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. 

Alison Poole, LMSW
Director of Veteran Services

Alison has been with HOPE Atlanta since September 2014. She has spent the last six years supporting the VA’s goal of effectively ending homelessness for veterans in Georgia through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program (SSVF). With over 20 years of experience working with human service organizations (14 of those managing programs for homeless persons), she has a special interest in advocating for underserved populations, including homeless families, individuals with disabilities drug users, sex workers, LGBTQ persons and older adults. She received a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and BA in African-American Studies and Political Science from the University of Buffalo, New York.  She is the daughter of an honorably discharged WWII veteran.

Recognizing that the issues of homelessness 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 in our community. Our organization is eternally grateful for our generous Board members who endow HOPE Atlanta with knowledge and support.

David Zanaty
Board Chair

Zanaty Capital Partners

John Spillman

Smith, Gambrell & Russell

James Caldwell

Deloitte (ret.)

Rodrick Glass

Allure Global Solutions

Dr. Jaza Marina

Kaiser Permanente's Southeast Medical Group

Cheryl Naja

Alston & Bird

Karthikeyan Ramasamy


Alexis Davis Smith

PRecise Communications

Rhonda Taylor


Advisory Council

Rocky Atkins

Community Volunteer
Board of HOPE Atlanta

Bill Bolling

Founder, President/CEO
Food Well Alliance

Alan Bradford

Saint Joseph's Health System/Mercy Care

Ann Cramer

Senior Consultant
Coxe Curry & Associates

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

Ken Keen

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

Noel Khalil

CoFounder, Chairman & CEO
Columbia Residential

Susan Kost

Chief Marketing Officer, Tax and Legal

Kathryn Lawler

Executive Director
Atlanta Regional Collab. For Health Improvement

Milton Little

President & CEO
United Way of Greater Atlanta

Egbert Perry

Chairman & CEO

John Spillman

Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP

Meaghan Shannon Vlkovic

Vice President and Market Leader
Enterprise Community Partners

Steve Tedder

Live Oak Capital Partners LLC

Matthew Toddy

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

David Zanaty

Community Volunteer
Board Chair of HOPE Atlanta

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.

Jason Benjamin

Rae Bimmerle

Alston & Bird

Tom Boardman

Entertainment Risk

Melissa Brownlee


Edwin Coffie

Emory University

Jerry Getant

JD Getant Investments LLC

Cameron Greene

Social Media Solutions

Taylor Lanier

Newport US RE

Anthony B. Magee, Jr.


Chanden Marzette

Siemens Industry Inc.

Antonio Rainey


Carlton Reed

Northern Trust Wealth Management

Josh Roepke

Michael Saulnier


Clark Seydel


Stefanie Small


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