Our Team

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Amelia Swope

Amelia is honored to share her late husband’s story and his passion for Atlanta communities through Swope Dreams. Originally from Knoxville, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Furman University and her Master’s in Education from Vanderbilt University. Upon moving to Atlanta in 2014, she taught first at the International Community School and later at Westchester Elementary School. On an ideal day, she would go for a hike, practice yoga, strum the guitar, and eat a pizza.

Zack Mellette
President, Programs & Partnerships

A native Georgian, Zack studied business at Clemson University before moving to Atlanta to start a non-profit organization called Give Us Names in 2009. He relocated to San Francisco to pursue a new opportunity with Google in 2012, working in business partnerships and operations on three different products until 2017. His main professional interests are social impact work and leveraging business as a force for good in the world. He is most at home in the mountains or out exploring new places abroad.

Gray Clevenger
Strategy & Fundraising

Gray moved to the Big Peach in 2010 to attend graduate school at Emory University, where he earned a Master’s in International Development. He has since worked for a variety of poverty-reduction organizations, including the Carter Center, Habitat for Humanity International, and the University of Oxford’s Center for the Study of African Economies. He currently works in Corporate Real Estate at NCR. Gray enjoys triathlon and endurance racing, exploring and sharing music from around the world, and chasing his toddler around the house.  

Jonathan Arp
Innovation Lab, Communications & Marketing

Jon has spent the past eight years working in marketing and business development at Google - he currently runs Google Fiber's city development and real estate partnerships team in Atlanta. Jon first moved to Atlanta 8 years ago with a certain amount of skepticism about a city for which his only frame of reference was I-75 and the airport, but quickly fell in love with the city's collaborative vibe, and convinced his wife to come back to Atlanta after graduate school in 2016.

Jon graduated from University of Florida with degrees in History and Finance, and has a Master’s of Theological Studies from Duke University. He enjoys shooting hoops, writing, starting random community art projects, and dragging friends and strangers into long, drawn out intellectual discussions.

Keenan Yates
Community Development

Keenan works at Habitat for Humanity International where he attracts and deploys private capital to accelerate the production of affordable housing across the U.S. He has worked in housing finance, development and policy at various organizations, including Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., National Low Income Housing Coalition and Atlanta Habitat for Humanity.

Keenan serves as an advisory board member for Southern Community Capital, a subsidiary of Trustmark National Bank, and on the Leadership Council of the Southern Center for Human Rights’ Ambassadors. He is also a member of the 2016 LEAD Atlanta class. Keenan earned a B.A. in business with a concentration in finance from Morehouse College and holds a Master’s of City & Regional Planning from Georgia Institute of Technology. 

Lauren Swope
Volunteerism & Events

Lauren, Drew’s sister, is from Orlando, Florida. The draw of family, friends, and the city’s uniqueness brought her to Atlanta fall of 2015, shortly after earning her degree at Florida State University. She worked as a production manager at a bridal show alternative company called The Big Fake Wedding until spring of 2017. Lauren is currently a nanny and an administrative assistant for small business owners in Atlanta. When she’s not hitting up the local story-times or the zoo with her nanny kiddos, she loves exploring the different nooks and crannies of Atlanta, traveling to new places, and spending time with people. Lauren is passionate about living a life inspired by her big brother and keeping his dreams alive!

Pierce Walker
Policy, State & Local Government

A native Atlantan, Pierce has worked in the public and private sectors since graduating from Georgia College & State University in 2012. He currently works for the Benoit Group, an Atlanta-based affordable housing development company. He has also worked at Invest Atlanta, the city's economic and community development arm. Pierce had the opportunity to work with and befriend Drew when he began at the Benoit Group.