The Southface Board of Directors represents a diverse group of leaders in the fields of sustainability, equitable community development, environmental science, health, high performance building and sustainable design.

The Southface board is responsible for approving the strategic direction of the organization, holding institutional knowledge and managing the executive director and leadership transitions.

    John Lanier

    John Lanier

    Board Chair
    Executive Director
    Ray C. Anderson Foundation
    John Lanier

    John Lanier

    Board Chair

    Executive Director
    Ray C. Anderson Foundation

    John currently serves as Board Chair. Previously, John was an Associate Attorney with the Atlanta office of Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan, LLP, specializing in U.S. Federal taxation. During his time with Sutherland, Lanier represented the interests of various Atlanta-based nonprofits, including the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. He has experience with nonprofit formations, compliance and applications for recognition of tax-exempt status. John is an active member in the Marist School Alumni Association, serving as Vice President for Service and Spirituality. John earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and holds bachelor’s degrees in history and economics from the University of Virginia.

    Chris Boyle

    Chris Boyle

    Board Vice Chair and Treasurer
    Associate Vice President, Financial Planning and Analysis
    Cox Automotive
    Chris Boyle

    Chris Boyle

    Board Vice Chair and Treasurer

    Associate Vice President, Financial Planning and Analysis
    Cox Automotive

    Chris has been with Cox Enterprises since 2002. His first ten years with Cox Communications were spent in Financial Planning and Analysis, Mergers and Acquisitions, Strategy, and Product Development Finance. Chris was also one of the founding members of Cox Conserves in 2007 and has been an active member ever since, including at Cox Automotive, where he transferred in 2013. Chris received his BA from the University of Notre Dame and MBA from the University of Texas.

    Tyrone Rachal

    Tyrone Rachal

    Board Secretary
    Principal
    Red Rock Global
    Tyrone Rachal

    Tyrone Rachal

    Board Secretary

    Principal
    Red Rock Global

    Tyrone has specific responsibility for directing all financial advisory services and private placement activity. Prior to re-joining Red Rock Global, he was Managing Director of Redevelopment at Invest Atlanta. Tyrone is a graduate of Dartmouth College with degrees in Economics and Government, as well as the University of Chicago Law School and Booth School of Business, where he received his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees, respectively. He is past Chair of the Public-Private Partnership Council of the Urban Land Institute and was a participant in the Atlanta District Council’s Inaugural Center for Regional Leadership Development. Tyrone is also a graduate of the 2012 Class of Leadership Atlanta, the 2013 Class of Leadership Georgia and the 2013 Atlanta Regional Commission Leadership Institute.

    Liz York

    Federal Liaison to the Board
    Associate Director for Quality and Sustainability and Chief Sustainability Officer
    Center for Disease Control and Prevention

    Liz York

    Federal Liaison to the Board

    Associate Director for Quality and Sustainability and Chief Sustainability Officer
    Center for Disease Control and Prevention

    Liz, appointed as the first CSO for CDC in 2008, establishes sustainability in CDC policy and operations, implements healthy and sustainable work environments and facilitates staff involvement in sustainability efforts. At CDC since 1999, she has served as a construction project manager, design architect and design reviewer, working closely with laboratory, security and safety professionals on CDC’s high-containment labs and protocols. She has strengthened policy and understanding around the health impacts of the physical environment, gender issues in design, access to healthy food and design effects on health equity. Liz is a registered architect and holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Architecture, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

    Nikki Walker

    Regional Technical Manager
    The Coca-Cola Company

    Nikki Walker

    Regional Technical Manager
    The Coca-Cola Company

    Nikki has spent the last seven years with The Coca-Cola Company, where she co-led the Global Food Safety Initiative and drove technical performance through field engagement and program development in more than 200 countries and more than 800 sites. She has also partnered on delivering the company’s sustainability goals and commitments. As Coca-Cola’s Regional Technical Manager, she continues to partner in ensuring the company delivers product across North America, commercializes new product and ensures both internal and external compliance. Nikki has a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University.

    Will Sellers

    Executive Director
    Wholesome Wave Georgia

    Will Sellers

    Executive Director
    Wholesome Wave Georgia

    An experienced nonprofit leader with a strong advocacy background, Will is currently Executive Director of Wholesome Wave Georgia, an Atlanta-based nonprofit whose mission is to increase access to fresh, healthy, locally-grown food for all Georgians. Prior to joining Wholesome Wave Georgia, Will was Deputy Director of Food Well Alliance, a collaborative network of local leaders working together to build thriving community gardens and urban farms. Will is an active member of Georgia’s local food movement, having served as a member of the Board of Directors of Global Growers Network and Wholesome Wave Georgia.

    Makara Rumley

    Makara Rumley

    Principal
    Hummingbird
    Makara Rumley

    Makara Rumley

    Principal
    Hummingbird

    MaKara is Founder and CEO of Hummingbird Firm, a management consulting firm specializing in strategic communications for the utility, infrastructure and environmental industries. MaKara was previously an Environmental Justice Attorney and Coordinator with GreenLaw where she focused on community organizing, fundraising and environmental justice considerations in conjunction with clean air and water litigation. Her interest in the links between human rights and the environment began with her work with Amnesty International and The National Geographic Society. She continues to be committed to the right of all Georgians, regardless of background, to live in an environment free from disproportionate health burdens created by pollution. Ms. Rumley earned her bachelor’s degree from Spelman College and her Juris Doctorate from George Washington University Law School.

    Paula McEvoy

    Co-director
    Perkins + Will

    Paula McEvoy

    Co-director
    Perkins + Will

    As Co-director of Perkins+Will’s firmwide Sustainable Design Initiative (SDI), Paula assures that sustainable ideas are an integral part of the firm’s projects and practices. She coordinates sustainability efforts across the international firm’s offices, teaches sustainable design workshops and speaks frequently on sustainable construction, business practices and visioning. Paula is a Fellow of The American Institute of Architects, is the 2016 Chair of the AIA National Committee on the Environment (COTE) and immediate past co-chair of the AIA National Materials Knowledge Group. She is also a LEED Fellow and USGBC LEED Faculty member.

    Laura Marlow

    Vice President of Strategic Partnerships
    ConstructConnect

    Laura Marlow

    Vice President of Strategic Partnerships
    ConstructConnect

    Laura Marlow is the VP of Strategic Partnerships at ConstructConnect, a design/construction data provider. She is responsible for managing relationships with the AIA, AGC, USGBC and other industry partners. Laura also leads her company’s corporate sustainability strategy. Additionally, she is the Executive Director of AEC Cares, a non-profit that coordinates renovation projects in low-income communities throughout the United States. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Design Futures Council and is active with Hands on Atlanta and the Tanzanian Children’s Fund.

    John Hinton

    Shareholder
    Baker Donelson

    John Hinton

    Shareholder
    Baker Donelson

    John specializes in commercial litigation and works a broad range of disputes that businesses commonly encounter, such as contract disputes with customers and vendors, claims that a business has committed fraud or other business torts, disputes among owners of a business and insurance coverage disputes. John received his law degree from the University of Georgia and his bachelor’s degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America® in Construction Litigation, 2015 – 2017 and is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association and Lawyers Club of Atlanta, among others.

    Barry Goldman

    Barry R. Goldman

    Senior Vice President, General Counsel
    Acuity Brands Lighting
    Barry Goldman

    Barry R. Goldman

    Senior Vice President, General Counsel
    Acuity Brands Lighting

    Barry is responsible for overseeing mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, environmental health and safety compliance, regulatory issues, litigation, international transactions and other matters. As a member of the company’s leadership team, he is also involved in strategic planning and strategy deployment and has led the company’s sustainability initiatives. Barry graduated with Special Honors from the University of Texas at Austin, concentrating in Philosophy and English. He received his JD and MBA joint degree from the School of Law and Graduate School of Business of the University of Georgia, where he also was selected to serve on the Editorial Board of the Georgia Law Review.

    Neil Desai

    Senior Quantitative Specialist
    Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

    Neil Desai

    Senior Quantitative Specialist
    Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

    Neil joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in April 2011 as an Economic Research Analyst in the Research Department. His research projects were primarily focused on mortgage lending and understanding what went wrong leading up to the financial crisis, but he also kept pace with developments in labor markets. After doing that for three years, Neil moved to S&R to fill a growing need for quantitative specialists in the Federal Reserve’s Stress-Testing program. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Neil completed his master’s degree in Applied Economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His focus was on econometrics and analytical techniques used in banking for risk management purposes.

    Corey Deal

    Executive Officer
    Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association

    Corey Deal

    Executive Officer
    Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association

    Corey is the Executive Officer of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (GAHBA), a not-for-profit professional trade association representing the construction and development industry across nine counties in the Atlanta metro area. He has held this position since July 31, 2017. Prior to coming to the GAHBA, Corey had been Executive Director of the Northeast Florida Builders Association (NEFBA) in Jacksonville since 2013. He also served as NEFBA’s Director of Government Affairs from 2006-2009. Corey holds a BBA degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Samford University, and he received his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2012.

    Linda Bolan

    Senior Vice President, National Property Management & Sustainability
    Columbia Property Trust

    Linda Bolan

    Senior Vice President, National Property Management and Sustainability
    Columbia Property Trust

    Linda is responsible for developing and overseeing the national property management and engineering operations, capital improvement projects, and financial activities for the company’s assets located primarily in San Francisco, New York City and Washington, DC. She is directly responsible for more than 9 million square feet of office space. She is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree and a concentration in engineering. She is a member of the Building Owner’s and Manager’s Association (BOMA), Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) NAIOP (National Association of Office and Industrial Properties) and holds the LEED Green Associate accreditation.

    Denis Blackburne

    Denis Blackburne

    Senior Vice President
    The Woda Group, Inc.
    Denis Blackburne

    Denis Blackburne

    Senior Vice President
    The Woda Group

    Denis is responsible for the development, construction and management operations in Georgia, North Carolina and the East coast. He previously served as the CFO for Melaver, Inc. Denis has a degree in business administration from Geneva University, Switzerland, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.

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