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Executive Director

Phil Ellen founded Georgia Communities, Inc. in 2015 with a vision for catalyzing targeted, place-based strategies for underserved communities in Georgia.  Phil brings extensive experience in affordable housing finance and development, having directed the successful development and ownership of 35 affordable properties across the Southeast since 2002.  Through Phil's leadership, more than 1,300 of critically needed workforce and senior homes have been delivered using a range of funding programs, including Housing Tax Credits, the Home Investment Partnership Program, Affordable Housing Program funds, and funding through the Federal Home Loan Bank. 

Phil lives in Atlanta with his wife, Lauren, and children.



Vice President

Joe Collums joined Georgia Communities with an extensive background in affordable housing and public-private partnership deal structuring.  Joe helped administer the housing tax credit program at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, where he served as its Senior Policy Analyst and underwriter of multifamily projects.  After his time at DCA, Joe joined Brailsford & Dunlavey Inc., where he advised universities in the execution of public-private partnership (P3) structures totaling more than $500 million in on-campus capital improvements.  

Joe received a Masters in City & Regional Planning from Georgia Tech and lives in Atlanta.


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