Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency | BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
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Bill Purcell


Mr. Purcell served as the fifth mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County from 1999 to 2007. A founding partner of Farmer Purcell White & Lassiter PLLC, he has spent more than 30 years in law, public service and higher education.

Mr. Purcell was appointed to the Board in December 2019. He was also appointed Board Chair that same month.


Emily Thaden

Vice Chair for Housing

Ms. Thaden serves as the director of national policy & sector strategy for Grounded Solutions Network. She is on the Advisory Board for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville, and she advocates on the federal level for affordable housing funding.

Ms. Thaden was appointed to the Board in January 2017. She was appointed Vice Chair for Housing in December 2018.


Aole Ansari

Vice Chair for Development

Mr. Ansari is a real estate executive with Lendlease. He is well-versed in the development of affordable and workforce housing, capital raising and implanting public/private partnerships.

Mr. Ansari was appointed to Board in December 2018. He was appointed Vice Chair for Development in January 2019.


Antoinette Batts

Ms. Batts is a resident of Cumberland View, our family property in North Nashville. She works with the youth at the Northwest Family YMCA in Nashville.

Ms. Batts was appointed to the Board in July 2013.


Kay Bowers

Ms. Bowers is the director of the nonprofit New Level Community Development Corporation (CDC). She has 25 years of experience in ensuring individuals and families have a safe, fit and affordable place to call home.

Ms. Bowers was appointed to the Board in December 2018.


Bishop Marcus Campbell

Bishop Campbell is a resident of Levy Place, our contemporary property in East Nashville. He is the pastor of The Church at Mount Carmel and founder of a juvenile mentoring program called Gentlemen and Not Gangsters.

Bishop Campbell was appointed to the Board in July 2019.


Dr. Paulette Coleman

Dr. Coleman currently serves as a senior consultant at Strategic Alternatives International Company (SAICO). From 2013 to 2019, she was the chair of the Nashville Organized for Action and Hope’s (NOAH) Affordable Housing Task Force.

Dr. Coleman was appointed to the Board in December 2019.