Over the past 45 years, Southface Institute has grown from a small group of solar energy advocates in Atlanta to a Southeastern sustainability leader with comprehensive expertise in transforming buildings, energy policy, and community infrastructure.

Southface welcomed James Marlow as president in 2022 to lead the next phase of the nonprofit’s work and scale impact. In Q1 2023, four new members were appointed to Southface’s board of directors: Evelyn Bolden, Dylan W. Howard, Caroline Mahoney, and David Paull.

“Southface is getting stronger and more effective by the day. Thanks to these extremely talented and experienced individuals who are expanding the depth and breadth of our board leadership at this pivotal time,” Marlow remarked.

“We are also deeply grateful for our outgoing board members John Hinton and Chris Boyle, who Atlanta Business Chronicle recently honored as Board Champion among its 2023 Leaders in Corporate Citizenship.”


Evelyn Bolden 

Evelyn Bolden leads emerging technology and innovation for Cox Enterprises Strategy & Investments. Since joining Cox in 2000, she has held roles in product development, corporate strategy and development, governance, and most recently, supplier diversity and sustainability programs.

Bolden received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s degree in economics from the University of Denver and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado. She serves on the board of directors for Startup Atlanta and Startup Chicks and is a member of the 2015 class of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL).


Dylan W. Howard

Dylan Howard is a lawyer and a shareholder with the law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. A graduate of Yale University and the University of Georgia School of Law, Howard has practiced in the field of real estate and financial services litigation for the past 19 years. He has won awards for his pro bono work and is a member of his firm’s diversity, equity, and inclusion committee as well as its BakerCares public service committee.


Caroline Mahoney

Caroline Mahoney is an executive with more than 15 years of experience in investment banking and corporate finance. She is known for her growth mindset, championing DEI, and creating a high-performance team culture. As the Senior Director of Merchandising Finance at The Home Depot, she oversees sales, gross margin, and inventory across the full portfolio of categories in US stores and online.

Mahoney has led many departments and lines of business at The Home Depot, including their newest concept, the Design Center. She holds a B.S. in Management from Georgia Tech and began her career in investment banking. Mahoney currently serves on the board of directors for the Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity Housing Corporation and is also an advisor to the local chapter at Georgia Tech.


David Paull

David Paull is Chief Impact Officer at CompostNow, a subscription-based compost collection service that helps divert food waste from landfills and build healthy soil. He co-founded the business in 2011, and today, it operates in four states with over 100 full-time employees. To date, CompostNow has diverted 61 million pounds of food waste from landfills and created 20 million pounds of finished compost for local farms and gardens.

Paull serves as a commissioner on the East Point Local Food System Ecosystem Commission and previously served as a mentor through Emory Universities Start:Me Accelerator and a Fellow Mentor for the Byron Fellowship. He is a graduate of SCAD Atlanta, where he learned to apply design thinking to solve challenging societal issues. Paull is also a graduate of LEAD Atlanta Class of 2023.


What’s Next at Southface

Southface welcomes its new board members as the nonprofit conducts strategic planning. New sustainability initiatives will fully leverage Southface’s technical expertise to bridge gaps in access to affordable energy, clean air and water, and mobility for hardworking families, business owners, and community-based organizations.

Southface remains focused on building capacity by engaging the Southeast’s burgeoning sustainability community, launching the Southface Sessions Leadership Speaker Series and bringing back their popular in-person Sustainability in Action Round Table (SART) events.

Southface’s Summer Solstice celebration will also be held on June 29. One ticket is included with every Southface membership, and non-member tickets are $25 each.

About Southface Institute

Southface Institute is a sustainable building nonprofit that strengthens equity and the environment by transforming residential and commercial structures at every stage of the building life cycle. The national organization is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with a new satellite location in Sarasota, Florida. Since 1978, Southface has collaborated with other nonprofits, businesses, builders, developers, universities, government agencies, and communities to deliver sustainable solutions that work for everyone. Learn more and join Southface in building sustainably for life at southface.org.

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