November 6, 2018 – Atlanta-headquartered CarterBaldwin Executive Search has placed former MARTA executive Amanda Rhein as executive director of the Atlanta Land Trust. Associate partner Derek Broyard led the assignment.
“Amanda has the strategic leadership skills we need to take the Atlanta Land Trust’s delivery and stewardship of permanently affordable housing near the Atlanta BeltLine and other targeted communities to the next level,” said Christopher Norman, president of the Atlanta Land Trust and executive director of the Fulton/Atlanta Land Bank Authority. “We are fortunate to have her guidance and exceptional talent spearheading our efforts to strengthen current and new partnerships in the current favorable climate for community land trust development. Amanda will help the land trust serve as an example of innovation and best practices in creating sustainable access to permanently affordable housing.”
Ms. Rhein is a seasoned real estate professional with extensive experience facilitating public-private partnerships and community development. Previously, she served as senior director of Transit Oriented Development and Real Estate at MARTA, the nation’s ninth-largest transit system, which includes heavy rail, bus and paratransit services. In this role, she managed the office of transit-oriented development and real estate.
In addition, Ms. Rhein also served as interim managing director of Redevelopment at Invest Atlanta, overseeing the team responsible for managing and marketing the City of Atlanta’s primary economic development tools, tax allocation districts (TADs) and new markets tax credits. While at Invest Atlanta, she doubled the number of TADs and funded over 30 projects, which resulted in the investment of $3.5 billion in Atlanta’s most underserved communities.
In her new position, Ms. Rhein will be responsible for promoting the organization, managing its core functions and ensuring the achievement of the Atlanta Land Trust’s mission, strategic initiatives and financial well-being.
The Atlanta Land Trust incubates and supports the development and operation of permanently affordable housing initiatives by independent community lands trusts (CLT) across Atlanta. It works to create a positive climate for CLT development through public policy work, community engagement, and fundraising, while taking on the stewardship function of a CLT in neighborhoods lacking the capacity to do so. Its work is credited with developing 13 CLT units and generating more than $4 million in funding to support CLT development.
Veteran Search Firm
CarterBaldwin provides executive search services in the healthcare, technology, non-profit, consumer services, industrial and media/telecom sectors. Its clients include a number of name-brand institutions, such as KPMG, ADP, Teradata, First Data, Duke University, Pepperdine University, New York Life, Fleet Pride and Berkshire Hathaway.
Mr. Broyard, who has been with CarterBaldwin for 13 years, has a history serving clients across multiple industries, including technology, healthcare and B2B service businesses. He has recruited and placed C-level, VP and director level leaders across North America. In addition to his responsibilities as an associate partner, he has been the leader of CarterBaldwin’s recruiting and research functions. He serves as the key driver of the firm’s proprietary search process and search technology platform, said CarterBaldwin.
Recent Search Work
CarterBaldwin recently completed a number of searches across a variety of organizations. Here is a sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
The Tim Tebow Foundation, a non-profit global service for children, named Steve Biondo as its new president with the assistance of CarterBaldwin. Mr. Biondo’s most recent experience includes the founding and growth of a non-profit ministry which impacted 14 million orphans, widows and oppressed children over the past 10 years.
CarterBaldwin recently placed Peter Heintzelman as the new president and CEO of Cobb Electric Membership Corp. Most recently, Mr. Heintzelman served as interim group CEO of Alevo, an innovative energy storage technology and manufacturing company. He replaces Chip Nelson, who is retiring after 45 years.
After an extensive search, CarterBaldwin placed Kay Coles James as the first African-American president of the Heritage Foundation, a renowned conservative think tank. The assignment was conducted by Mr. Harding and associate partner Andrea McDaniel Smith. Ms. James’ ascension follows the ouster this spring of former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint.
CarterBaldwin placed Girisha Chandraraj as president and chief executive officer of Elite Sportswear, a sport specialty apparel brand. Dave Sobocinski, a founding partner of CarterBaldwin, headed the assignment. Mr. Chandraraj has over 15 years of consumer product leadership experience and was most recently an executive partner with Salt Creek Capital.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media