As the Vice President for Planning and Development within the Real Estate Division at Atlanta Housing, Ms. O’Connell is responsible for the feasibility assessment, planning, environmental and site development functions that ensure the creation of diverse, affordable and livable urban communities with an array of housing choices. This is achieved by fostering innovative and cost effective design; applying sustainable environmental practices and state-of the-art planning standards; stakeholder management and community building; preserving the unique heritage, culture and people of Atlanta’s great neighborhoods; and by linking civic, transportation, economic, recreation, education and social amenities to the new community. With 25 years of experience in affordable housing development and neighborhood revitalization, Ms. O’Connell has overseen the production of over 6,000 rental and for sale homes, leveraging $300 million in public investment to create over $2.0 billion in private investment and economic impact in Atlanta’s neighborhoods working. As a consultant to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ms. O’Connell successfully re-engineered over $150m in HOPE VI urban revitalization programs that were in default with HUD, including Durham NC and Detroit MI, preventing the recapture of funds needed to continue the development of affordable housing and community revitalization. She supported HUD’s Hurricane Katrina Disaster Recovery Team with property assessments and the initiation of capital improvement planning and funding requests for over 2,000 public housing units damaged/destroyed by the storm. As a champion for housing affordability in the city of Atlanta, Ms. O’Connell represents Atlanta Housing on a number of affordable housing and community development task forces and currently serves as a Board member of the Community Land Trust. She frequently represents AH on tours, presentations and speaking engagements regarding affordable housing development. She holds a degree in architecture from UNC-Charlotte and an MBA from Emory University, as well as completing the two-year Yale/HUD Community Revitalization Fellowship Program.