Staff Profiles
The founding officers, Jon Toppen and Richelle (Shelly) Patton, founded the organization with decades of combined experience in the affordable housing industry. They possess a depth of expertise in real estate finance and project management.  They each have advanced degrees in the area of City Planning, with backgrounds in accounting and urban studies.
Jon Toppen Atlanta Affordable Housing Developments Jon Toppen
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
Richelle Patton Developing Affordable HousingRichelle (Shelly) Patton
Shelly has been in the affordable housing development field since 1994 and has been involved in the development or preservation of over 9,000 housing units. In her current position at Tapestry Development Group, she provides development consulting to owners and housing authorities, with a specialty in HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. Prior to co-founding Tapestry, she worked in affordable housing and community development in Atlanta, overseeing the development of 20 rental housing developments. Her expertise includes multi-layered financing and fostering collaboration between public and private sectors to develop mixed-income housing. She serves as Subject Matter Expert in efforts with state and federal agencies to create new and creative financing programs and policies for affordable housing development.  She has served as a speaker and trainer to a variety of stakeholder groups in the affordable housing field. She is active with several trade associations to advocate for sound public policies that support affordable housing. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association and serves as Vice Chair of the RAD Committee of the Georgia Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities. She founded and is on the Advisory Board of the Women’s Affordable Housing Network, an Atlanta-based effort to support women in the industry. She was named as one of the top 12 Young Leaders in Affordable Housing in the nation by Affordable Housing Finance magazine. She has received a POW! Award from the online publication Womenetics for serving as a model of a purposeful business woman. She is a graduate of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2010. She earned a B.A. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master of City Planning degree from Georgia Tech. She completed an Executive Education program at Harvard Business School. She serves on various committees at her church. She lives in Decatur with her husband David and sons Benjamin and Samuel and enjoys staying involved in the life of her former foster son Eric.
Contact Shelly via or by calling 404.997.6786
Carl KingCarl King
Carl has worked in the affordable housing real estate industry for four years with experience ranging from financial analysis and software services to portfolio asset management. In his current position, he is involved in all aspects of project management with Tapestry Development Group’s portfolio of development projects. Prior to joining Tapestry, Carl worked as an asset manager for an affordable housing tax credit syndicator. In this role, working with various development, investor, and property management teams, he managed a portfolio of 30+ multifamily properties located within Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is a Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP) from the National Association of Home Builders. Carl is originally from Atlanta and loves to spend spare time outdoors fly fishing, hiking, or traveling.
Contact Carl via or by calling 404.549.2041
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