Staff Profile
Jon Toppen Atlanta Affordable Housing Developments Jon Toppen
PRESIDENT
Jon has been in the affordable housing development field since 2002 and has been involved in the development or preservation of over 1,200 housing units. In his current position, he administers Tapestry Development Group’s corporate affairs and works with the staff and Board of Directors to implement the goals of the organization. Jon’s responsibilities include the oversight and management of development projects, with specialties in permanent supportive housing and Low Income Housing Tax Credits. His current and past experience with project development also includes historic preservation, affordable housing preservation, and green building design. Jon is a certified C.P.A. in Virginia and held a variety of accounting positions prior to entering the affordable housing field. Prior to co-founding Tapestry, he served as a Project Manager and controller for other affordable housing development organizations. He has a B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Richmond, Virginia, and a Masters of City Planning degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Supportive Housing Association. He is active as an officer at North Avenue Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. Jon is a 2013 graduate of the Urban Land Institute-Atlanta’s Center for Leadership.  He and his wife, Jodi Wheeler-Toppen, live in Atlanta and have two children, Natalie and Zachary.
Contact Jon via or by calling 404.997.6788
Sarah Patenaude Atlanta Affordable Housing DevelopmentsSara Patenaude
PROJECT MANAGER
Sara Patenaude has been an affordable housing researcher and advocate since 2012. In her current position as Project Manager at Tapestry Development Group, Sara manages development projects and sources new development opportunities for permanent supportive housing and affordable housing development and rehabilitation. Her previous experience includes helping create comprehensive city and county housing strategies and providing input into affordable housing needs for communities across the southeast. Sara has a PhD in urban history and a Certificate in Planning and Economic Development from Georgia State University, where she studied affordable housing policy. In addition, she has an MA from University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a BA from Northern Kentucky University. Sara volunteers her time on advisory councils for projects including HouseATL and CATLYST and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Friends School of Atlanta.
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