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Bill Purcell


Bill Purcell has spent more than 40 years in law, public service, and higher education. During his eight-year tenure as Mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee (1999-2007), the city saw unprecedented economic expansion, an increase in Metro school funding of more than 50 percent, and the development and preservation of more than 26,000 affordable housing units. During his term, Nashville was ranked as the number one city for corporate headquarters and twice ranked as the hottest city in America for expansion and relocation of business. Bill was elected to five terms in the Tennessee House of Representatives (1986-96), serving as Majority Leader (1990-96).

An active participant in the work of the legal profession, Bill has been honored by the Nashville Bar Association with the John C. Tune award for outstanding contributions to his community and faithful service to the bar. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Hamilton College and his law degree at Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he was honored as the 2004 Distinguished Alumnus. Bill Purcell is now Counsel in the Nashville office of FrostBrownTodd LLC, and is an Adjunct Professor of Public Policy Studies at Vanderbilt University. He was the Founding Dean of the College of Public Service and Urban Affairs at Tennessee State University.

He joined the Board and was elected Chair in December 2019.


Emily Thaden

Vice Chair for Housing

Ms. Thaden serves as the director of national policy & sector strategy for Grounded Solutions Network, a national nonprofit membership organization that cultivates equitable and inclusive communities by advancing housing with lasting affordability. She is also the vice chair of Shelterforce, a nonprofit digital media organization covering community development and affordable housing.

Ms. Thaden was appointed to the board in January 2017 and vice chair for housing in January 2019.


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 is a social justice activist, certified mediator, and urban planner.  From 2014 to 2019 she chaired the Affordable Housing Task Force of NOAH (Nashville Organized for Action and Hope) a multiracial, interdenominational, and faith-based coalition works for solutions to Nashville’s growing affordable housing crisis.

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