The Board of Directors of Grounded Solutions Network is pleased to announce the appointment of Tony Pickett as its new CEO. Tony is joining Grounded Solutions from his current role as Vice President of Master Site Development for the Urban Land Conservancy. His first day will be April 16, 2018.
Tony’s appointment as CEO comes as part of a planned leadership transition, announced late last year, when outgoing CEO, Melora Hiller, announced her retirement. The Board is very grateful for Melora’s passion for Grounded Solutions and for her steady, capable leadership, which has led to tremendous growth for Grounded Solutions, and wish her well as she transitions into retirement.
“The Board is extremely pleased that Tony will be taking the Grounded Solutions Network’ reins. We salute, and thank, Melora, for her dedication and invaluable leadership, and are looking forward to the future under Tony’s accomplished leadership,” said Grounded Solutions Network Board Chair Robert Burns. “Tony is a dynamic leader who brings a proven track record of results in the affordable housing/community development field. Bringing both public and private sector experience, Tony is skilled at building partnerships and resources that advance the holistic development of communities. Communities which are equitable, inclusive and rich in opportunity and advance affordable housing solutions that last for generations.”
Tony’s personal commitment to equity — access to opportunity for all, was developed in his formative years. Growing-up as the grandson of a Baptist minister, Tony’s upbringing infused him with a deep sense of caring about, and acting to promote, solutions to the deep-rooted challenges often facing communities of color and low-income people.
“It is with great enthusiasm that I look forward to expanding the impact of Grounded Solutions Network as its next CEO,” Pickett said. “The scale of the housing challenges faced today by families in nearly every community of this nation, compels us all to bring proven affordable housing best practices to bear. Working with the support of my colleagues, and in unison with local leaders across the country, I firmly believe we can achieve increased stability, greater inclusion, and more equitable communities.”
Tony experienced early career success as a practicing architect advancing large scale commercial projects such as convention centers, hotels and even Olympic venues. While these projects fostered career success, they lacked a meaningful connection to real people and tangible community benefits. Upon becoming involved in leading a $2 billion redevelopment initiative for several Atlanta public housing communities, Tony found a true sense of purpose and personal fulfillment in the affordable housing and inclusive community development world.
It is in that purpose that Tony found his career sweet spot. He has continued to foster that sense of purpose, coupled with creativity, financial aptitude, and pragmatism into inclusive community development strategies ever since.
This coming June, the Board will schedule a Q&A with Tony, where you can hear from him directly about his vision for Grounded Solutions Network, and what he envisions for the first year of his tenure.