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Scott Ball, RA, CNU

Scott has over 25 years of experience in architecture, planning, and housing development in private, non-profit, and public sectors. In addition to general, public interest-oriented design and development work, Scott has been actively engaged in the promotion of the independent living and health of aging citizens, and has authored a series of publications on the subject. Prior to his work with Commons, Scott served as Senior Project Manager with Duany Plater-Zyberk Architects and Town Planners (DPZ). Earlier Scott served as The Louisiana Road Home Program’s Director of Rebuilding and Construction Assistance for ICF International where he helped stand up Louisiana’s $11 billion hurricane recovery program. Before that Mr. Ball served for six years as the Executive Director of Atlanta’s Community Housing Resource Center where oversaw the design and construction of over $10,000,000 in development focused primarily on the needs of older, long-term residents in the rapidly gentrifying city.


Jeff Rader, FAICP

Working at the interface between technical analysis and public policy development, Jeff Rader has a long track record of relating planned and engineered solutions to community objectives. As a respected expert in housing, land use, and surface transportation, he is an effective advocate to business, government and the community. With over twenty-five years experience in local and state government, planning, community development, policy implementation, and public involvement, Mr. Rader’s city planning practice has yielded plans that are implemented. His connections in metro Atlanta and throughout the Southeast are extensive, the result of long experience in many aspects of the region’s growth and development. As a member of the Metro Atlanta Quality Growth Task Force, Jeff continues to advocate for smart growth and an increased emphasis on affordable housing. As a director of the Mixed Income Communities Initiative, he has been active in linking jobs to homes for all, shortening commutes, and building stronger neighborhoods. Jeff is a Founding Board Member of the Regional Atlanta Civic League.