Green Advisory Council

Georgia Green Loans

Green Advisory Council

Advisory Council Chair, Connie Wright.

Wright is the Vice President, Sr. Community Development Officer Greater Georgia Region, Wells Fargo of Atlanta. With more than 20 years of banking experience with Wells Fargo, and 12 markets, Wright has gained a high degree of respect from her colleagues and customers alike and is recognized as an expert in the area of CRA and community development outreach. Prior to her role as a Community Development Officer, Wright has held several key positions with the bank ranging from Branch Manager; Volunteer Coordinator for the State of GA, to a First Union loaned executive for The Atlanta Project and Community Development Officer for Atlanta. She started as an Assistant Manager and eventually became a Vice President and a top performer amongst her Community Development peers in and out of the state of Georgia. She also has become a regional expert for Wells Fargo relative to Micro Enterprise Development, Individual Development Accounts (IDA’s) and Financial Literacy.

Council Member, Lynette Bell.
Bell is the First Vice President of Community Development at SunTrust Bank in Atlanta, Georgia.

Council Member, Michelle Elder-Gilreath.

Council Member, Terry Hall.

Council Member, Greg Lauderman, MBA.
Lauderman currently serves as Executive Director of the Technology Cluster Initiative at Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute, and provides Education and Outreach for Health@EI2. He has been developing and implementing innovative technology-oriented economic development programs for Georgia Tech for over ten years. Mr. Laudenman is pursuing a doctorate in Learning and Leadership at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, has master degrees in Public Policy from Georgia Tech and Telecommunications from Michigan State, and a bachelor degree in Mass Communication from UTC. He is the past president and board member of the Rural Telecommunications Congress. Mr. Lauderman’s diverse experience—always focused on how information and communications technologies make communities and organizations more competitive, innovative, and productive—has contributed to his capabilities as an analyst, communicator, facilitator, and organizer. Prior to his work at Georgia Tech, Mr. Lauderman worked in major corporations such as BellSouth and MCI, in small businesses, and as an entrepreneur, gaining firsthand insights into the range of enterprises that make economies go. He has also done volunteer work in advocacy and organizing for amateur sports and outdoor recreation.

Council Member, Sam Moss.
Moss is the President at Impact Advisory Services at Emory’s Goizueta Business School. Moss is the former President of Gray Matters Capital’s sister enterprises, the Gray Ghost Microfinance Fund and the Rockdale Foundation where he worked to identify opportunities to advance the viability of microfinance as an investment option. Moss spent 25 years in investment and commercial banking at Wachovia focused on relationship and business development in domestic and international markets. He is on the boards of several Atlanta arts organizations and is a graduate of Williams College. Current Board chair of the International Association of Microfinance Investors (IAMFI), he also serves on the Gray Ghost Fund Investment Committee, the Council of Microfinance Equity Funds, and contributes to the growth of the industry as a speaker at conferences and symposia.

Council Member, Peter Roberts.
Robert’s research interests relate to how the behavior and performance of organizations evolve over time. This incorporates related interests in innovation and entrepreneurship; reputation, status and identity; and industry evolution. He has studied these issues in diverse settings, including the pharmaceutical, hotel, wine and restaurant industries. The results of his projects are published in journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, American Journal of Sociology, Industrial and Corporate Change, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal. Recently, he is directing his interests in entrepreneurship and organizational performance toward topics in the field of social enterprise. His current projects focus on social entrepreneurs, on microfinance institutions, and on philanthropic organizations and foundations. For the past several years, he has also been spearheading Goizueta’s Social Enterprise Initiative, whose focus is to better understand how business principles and market-based solutions can be applied to address a range of important social issues. Robert’s Ph.D. is from the University of Alberta. Before taking up his current position, Peter served on the faculties of Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Council Member, Jonathan Tescher.
Tescher is the owner/operator of Sparta Imperial Mushrooms, located in Sparta, GA. Tescher runs a faarm that grows mushrooms and serves as a driver for economic development in Hancock County. Previously, Tescher was Georgia Organics’ Farmer Services Coordinator, where he worked to build capacity for sustainable agriculture in urban and rural Georgia.  Jonathan graduated with an M.B.A. from Georgia State University and a B.A. in marketing from the University of Texas. He has worked with the Director of the Center of Ethics and Corporate Responsibility focused on environmental sustainability and corporate responsibility.  Jonathan founded the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market, where he developed partnerships with state and federal agencies to be the first farmers market in Georgia to accept food stamps.

Council Member, Flor Velarde. 

Council Member, Charles Whatley.

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