ANDP Welcomes New Board Chair, Members

Updated: Mar 5, 2018

The staff and board of directors of Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership (ANDP) recently honored its outgoing chair, Ken Woods, and welcomed its new chair, Kathryn Lawler. The board also elected two new members and approved its slate of officers for 2018-19.


In December, ANDP staff and board recognized outgoing chair Woods with a glass Fräbel sculpture for a near-decade of service. A retired executive with a long career in banking, Woods has served on the ANDP board since 2009, including a two-year term as board chair, and four years as chair of the ANDP Loan Fund committee. Woods will remain on the board one additional year as immediate past chair.


“Ken’s leadership and expertise in banking has proven extremely beneficial to plotting the course for ANDP. His tenure as board chair has been particularly invaluable to staff and leadership as we secure and leverage capital for our housing development and financing programs,” said John O’Callaghan, ANDP President and CEO.


The organization’s 24-person governing body will now be chaired by Lawler, executive director of the Atlanta Regional Collaborative for Health Improvement (ARCHI). ARCHI is an interdisciplinary coalition that works to improve the overall health of metro Atlanta residents through a collective impact approach.


Formerly with the Atlanta Regional Commission, Lawler helped develop ARCHI’s 28-year strategy focusing on immediate health conditions and challenges that result in poor health. Throughout her career, Lawler has worked to promote transportation, housing and healthcare solutions to support vulnerable families. Lawler holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree from Harvard University.


Rounding out ANDP board officers are: Vice Chair, Stacy Patton, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.; Treasurer, Thomas J. Roeck, Retired; and Secretary, Pamela Cross, Wells Fargo.

ANDP also welcomed two new board members – Amol Naik of MailChimp and James L. Rhoden, III of The Macallan Group


Naik is director of special projects at MailChimp, a leading marketing automation platform that successfully manages the execution of more than one billion emails every day. Prior to joining MailChimp, Naik held a number of policy and legal roles within Google and Alphabet.


Before joining Google, Naik was a senior associate on the government affairs and litigation teams of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (now Dentons). While in law school, Naik served as chief of staff to the Georgia Senate minority leader.


A graduate of LEAD Atlanta, Naik was name one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle “40 Under 40.” He also served as former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's counsel and Senior Policy Advisor for the 2009 Atlanta Mayoral campaign. Naik holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of North Carolina and a Juris Doctor from the Emory University School of Law.

Rhoden is a founding principal of The Macallan Group and focuses on leading the development and implementation of the overall portfolio strategy, business development, community relations, and due diligence. He also oversees all asset and program management, legal and contract issues, compliance issues, and serves as the Managing Broker of Macallan Real Estate, LLC.


Prior to Macallan, Rhoden was the Chief Development Officer of The Macauley Companies, developers of master planned residential communities in metropolitan Atlanta where he oversaw the acquisition and development of over 10,000 lots across multiple communities. Rhoden began his career at Carter, a leading Atlanta-based developer of high-rise office projects across the Southeastern United States.


An Atlanta native, Rhoden holds Juris Doctor, Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Florida, and has focused his career on commercial and residential real estate construction and development. He is also heavily involved in civic and community affairs and currently serves as a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Council for Quality Growth, the Florida Bar, and the Regional Civic League.


“As ANDP continues to meet the needs of Atlanta neighborhoods and their residents, it is essential that we seek the best and brightest minds to help shape our direction. From the intersection of health and housing to excellence in development and government relations – we are thrilled to have the expertise and leadership Kathryn, Amol and Jay (James Rhoden) bring to our board,” said John O’Callaghan

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