Tapestry Development Group Staff
Jonathan (Jon) Toppen
Jon has been in the affordable housing development field since 2002 and has been involved in the development or preservation of over 2,000 units of affordable rental housing. In his current position at Tapestry Development Group, he administers its 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 has 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 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Supportive Housing Association and has served on the Board of Directors for Historic District Development Corporation. Jon is a 2013 graduate of the Urban Land Institute-Atlanta’s Center for Leadership. He is an officer at North Avenue Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.
Judy Van Dyke
Director of Business Development
Judy is an attorney who has specialized in affordable housing, community development and related issues for over 20 years. She has represented both for-profit and non-profit developers of affordable housing. In her current position, she helps maintain and enhance existing business relationships for Tapestry and seeks additional development opportunities. In 2013, Judy formed Bennett Group Consulting, LLC (BGC) and has focused on affordable housing development and property manage asset since that time. In 2018, BGC rebranded to Vizion Driven Communities, LLC (VDC). As the leader of VDC, her duties included all real estate matters; construction and permanent loan closings; organizational, operating and partnership agreements; applying for and using Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, HOME funds, credit enhanced bonds, CDBG Funds and FHLB AHP Grants. In this capacity she oversees site selection, development budgets, community relations, deal structuring and asset management. In addition to her duties with VDC, Judy is the sole member of Van Dyke & Company, LLC which has served as developer and/or consultant in fifteen affordable housing developments in the past 8 years. She serves as the co-general partner in all those developments providing over 1,000 units of affordable housing in the Southeastern United States. In 2013, Judy immediately recognized the benefit that HUD’s RAD initiative would have for public housing authorities and has become VDC’s in-house expert on HUD’s Asset Management Programs, including RAD, Section 8, and Section 22. She brings her experience in the Public Housing arena together with her development and deal structuring expertise to help PHAs model and develop strategic plans to utilize this redevelopment tool.
Assistant Project Manager
Nadia Labady currently serves Tapestry as an Assistant Project Manager. Nadia assists the Tapestry team in all aspects of the development process, including due diligence, project analysis, and application preparation. Armed with a dual academic background, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance with a concentration in Real Estate from the University of Alabama, as well as a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from Auburn University. With over seven years of experience in the residential sector of real estate, Nadia most recently played a key role in the Residential Home Equity division at Regions Bank. She is a licensed full-time Realtor in the state of Alabama.
Outside General Counsel
John E Taylor
Attorney, FisherBroyles LLP
John was a member of Tapestry’s board of directors from its founding until 2021, when he became outside general counsel. In that role he advises the board and staff on organizational and legal matters and coordinates with transaction counsel. He is a partner at the law firm of FisherBroyles LLP, where he specializes in commercial real estate investment, lending, development, and leasing.
He received a B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science from Valdosta State College (now University) and a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he served on the law review and was selected to Order of the Coif. He began his legal career as a clerk to the Honorable Lewis R. Morgan of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and has subsequently practiced in Atlanta both solo and with prominent Atlanta law firms.
John is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Florida Bar. He formerly served on the Executive Committee of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia and as co-chair of the Legislative Subcommittee.
John has lectured at various programs sponsored by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia on topics such as professionalism, ethics, Georgia land bank authority legislation and tax lien enforcement; is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Florida Bar (currently inactive) and serves on the Executive Committee of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia and as co-chair of the Legislative Subcommittee.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of Tapestry Development Group is comprised of innovative leaders in the community with diverse expertise and backgrounds. They each bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to guide Tapestry’s efforts to fulfill its mission.
Realtor, Board Chair, Executive Committee Investment Committee
Kathleen Brownlee is an experienced realtor with Coldwell Banker and has expertise in helping sellers, buyers, and renters. She is certified as a Senior Real Estate Specialist and much more.
Prior she was affiliated with Purpose Built Communities since its inception in 2009, Kathleen Brownlee has extensive experience in affordable real estate financing, development, and asset management. For two years prior to joining Purpose Built Communities, she led the C.F. Foundation’s real estate initiatives in Atlanta, focusing primarily on planning and developing mixed-use, mixed-income developments in and around the East Lake community.
Before joining the C.F. Foundation, Kathleen was the first President of Mercy Housing Southeast, a subsidiary of Mercy Housing, Inc., a national not-for-profit affordable housing developer and manager, and lender to affordable housing initiatives. She initiated and administered a community development information program to introduce the Mercy Housing System in the southeastern region, the first such venture by the corporation east of the Mississippi. She led a team of developers, and in less than five years, successfully secured the financing for over $40 million in affordable housing for low-income families and seniors.
Before her appointment as President of Mercy Housing Southeast, Kathleen served as Mercy Housing, Inc.’s Director of Portfolio Risk Management. She was responsible for underwriting housing developments and portfolio asset management for the entire Mercy Housing system. Additionally, she supervised Mercy Housing’ audit and tax management services, responsible for insurance oversight of corporate assets in excess of $500 million.
Kathleen chairs the Tapestry Development Group Board and serves on the Board of Hope Atlanta and the Low Income Investment Fund’s New Market Tax Credit Advisory. She is a member of CREW Atlanta, has served on boards of several community and national organizations. Kathleen graduated with honors from Agnes Scott College.
Senior Vice President of Network Development and Engagement at Purpose Built Communities Treasurer Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Committee
Katie Delp has committed her career to developing communities into thriving socially, economically and racially equitable neighborhoods. As Senior Vice President of Network Development and Engagement at Purpose Built Communities, she supports place-based leaders across the nation to improve equity and opportunities for high-priority neighborhoods. Katie previously served as Executive Director of Focused Community Strategies (FCS) and led multiple initiatives creating mixed-income housing, economic development, job creation, youth development and food security in neighborhoods on Atlanta’s south side. She holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from Texas Tech University, and is a candidate for an MBA in Real Estate from Georgia State University. In addition to Tapestry, she actively gives back to her community by serving on the boards of organizations such Carver Cluster Foundation, Wesley International Academy, and Friends of South Atlanta Parks. Katie and her husband, Jeff, are parents to Sam and Maya and have been residents of Historic South Atlanta since 2001.
Senior Loan Officer, Enterprise Community Loan Fund, Investment Committee
Ryan is a Senior Loan Officer at Enterprise Community Loan Fund (ECLF), a Community Development Financial Institution which meets the critical capital needs of communities across the country. ECLF provides community developers access to financing, which may otherwise be unavailable for local projects such as affordable housing (both multifamily and single family), charter schools and community health centers. In this role, Ryan underwrites loans for the acquisition and construction of affordable housing and community development initiatives, with a focus on development opportunities in the Southeast region.
Prior to joining ECLF, Ryan worked as the Director of the Office of Housing Finance at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, administering the state’s Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program (LIHTC) along with other HUD-funded programs such as HOME, NHTF, TCAP, CDBG-DR. The 30-person team which he managed reviewed all 9% and 4% LIHTC applications in Georgia.
Ryan was selected as one of the 30 National Housing Conference (NHC) Emerging Leaders in 2019 and received his Masters of City & Regional Planning (MCRP) from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2017.
Howard L. Robinson, Jr.
President, Redclay-Hill Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Investment Committee
Howard is an Atlanta native and founder of Redclay-Hill, a full service communications firm that connects individuals and organizations to their audiences for increased impact and sustainable results.
Redclay-Hill delivers training, media, and community engagement services to a diverse roster of clients that include Westside Future Fund, The Construction Education Foundation of Georgia, Emmaus House, The Annie E. Casey Foundation @ Pittsburgh Yards, and The City of Atlanta’s Department of City Planning.
Prior to Redclay-Hill, Howard worked as Digital Media and Organizing Director for the State of Georgia at Obama for America in 2012. Currently, he serves as a member of the Advisory Board at ATL: Advance The Lives, a charitable trust founded by Matt and Sarah Ryan in 2020 with the mission to alleviate structural barriers to Black youth success by working with after school programs to increase the social capital of Black youth and their families.
Board Chair of Opelika (Alabama) Housing Authority Former Vice President of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Investment Committee
Henrietta has been involved in the affordable housing industry for more than twenty five years. She briefly served as interim CEO for the Opelika Housing Authority in Opelika, Alabama. She has served as a Commissioner of the Opelika Housing Authority since 1997 where she has served as board chair since 2002. She serves as the Alabama State Chair of Commissioners and Chair of the International Research & Global Exchange for the Southeastern Region of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. She is the past Vice President of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) as well as the Southeastern Region of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials Commissioners 2017-19. She made history as the first person ever to serve all three positions simultaneously. She has also been an active member of the Public Housing Directors Association (PHADA) for over twenty-five years. Henrietta was Alabama’s 2016 Commissioner of the Year. She is a Certified Train the Trainer for Commissioners, a NAHRO Certified Commissioner with additional Certifications in Ethics, Agency Operations, Strategic Planning and Commissioners Fundamentals. She most recently led to the latest upgrade of the Commissioners Handbook being the first in over ten years. Serving as Track Chair for Commissioners she created several training sessions. Henrietta represented the United Stated in Global Exchanges to Mexico, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
She has extensive leadership training as well as in-depth experience in the day-to-day operations of a public housing authority from Asset Management to RAD. She has participated in several housing transitions from public housing to Section 22 and Section 48. Henrietta completed the Low Housing Income Tax Credit Course in 2005. She has completed all the Certifications Course offered through NAHRO making her one of the most credentialed commissioners in the country.
She brings a wealth of experience from both, the public and private sector. Having been responsible for a twenty plus billion dollar property tax office in addition to supervising and coaching profitability for two of the largest corporations in the world makes her management experience second to none. She has experience in title search and real estate management. She has facilitated corporate trainings throughout the United States.
Henrietta has completed studies at several college and universities to include Southern Union Community College, Auburn University, Troy University, and Point University with an emphasis on History, Real Estate, Tax Management and Organizational Leadership. She has an overwhelming wealth of training in her repertory to include CEU’s from NAHRO and various Executive Leadership courses.
Project Executive, AHS Residential Vice Chair Executive Committee Investment Committee
James works with AHS’s development team to oversee the construction of approximately 2,000 multifamily housing units in Metro Atlanta. He has 17 years of experience in real estate development.
Previously, James managed construction and design of multi-family developments for RangeWater Real Estate (formerly PollackShores Real Estate Group). James worked on the development and construction of more than 2,500 multi-family units throughout the Southeast. His experience also includes development and construction management roles with a variety of product types including retail, hospitality, educational, municipal, and mixed-use projects.
Prior to Pollack Shores, James served as Principal of Roark Management Group (RMG). At RMG he provided consulting services to asset management groups for retail and residential projects as well as construction management services for commercial and non-profit development groups. Before RMG, James worked with Lane Investment and Development, LLC as a construction manager where he also managed the construction and design of multi-family development projects. At Lane James was responsible for construction activity that represented $250 million of investments in Atlanta, Alabama, and South Florida. James is able to provide insight on project schedules, budgets, constructability and is effective at coordinating with Architects, Engineers, and municipal organizations.
James received a degree in Economics from Morehouse College and a Masters in Real Estate Development from Auburn University.