Terri Lee is a proven community development professional and operations strategist with a 20+ year track record of employing creative solutions to improve outcomes within the public and non-profit business sectors. In the many capacities she has served, Terri has been instrumental in developing organizational improvement approaches including agency restructurings and realignments; implementing strategies to encourage neighborhood stabilization efforts; and formulating policies to create community development investment opportunities that stimulate neighborhood transformation and growth.
In October 2018, Terri was appointed by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms as the City of Atlanta’s first Chief Housing Officer. In this role, she will be responsible for leading the execution and coordination of the Mayor’s affordable housing vision. Prior to her appointment, she held the position of Deputy Commissioner of the City of Atlanta’s Department of City Planning. She has also served as a board member of the Freddie Mac National Affordable Housing Council, Trees Atlanta, Urban Land Institute Advisory Board, Rebuilding Together Atlanta and as a founding board member of the Atlanta Collaborative Land Trust.
In collaboration with the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Neighborworks America, Terri was one of 50 professional leaders in the nation selected to participate in the Achieving Excellence Program. She has also earned a designation as a Certified Community Developer from the University of Central Arkansas and a designation from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development as a Certified HOME Program Specialist. Terri earned a Bachelor in Public Administration degree from Grambling State University and a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree from Jackson State University. Fulfilling a lifelong passion for higher education, Terri serves as an adjunct professor at Georgia State University where she teaches Real Estate Principles and Urban Development courses.