Hattie B. Dorsey

Hattie is a leading advocate for housing issues. One of her most important accomplishments has been the shifting of perceptions about the importance of revitalized neighborhoods and the critical need for an affordable, mixed income housing approach that includes all segments of the population. Once thought a "problem" for the poorest of the poor, Dorsey has demonstrated how affordable housing affects more of the economic population strata  and has made clear the connection between housing and quality of life issues, such as air quality, transportation and the availability of clean water.

As the founder and former president of ANDP, a non-profit corporation organized in 1991 to formulate and implement community development strategies, she insured that housing issues was always on the agenda.  Dorsey's passion and "doer" attitude compelled her to confront the blight and urban decay in Atlanta's neighborhoods. She took that concern and turned it into what is now ANDP, an organization that promoted sustainable mixed income communities and on-going revitalization. Under her leadership ANDP worked to strengthen Metro Atlanta neighborhoods and community development corporations (CDCs) that work in specific communities through a variety of services and activities. During her tenure, housing concerns and all of the surrounding issues have become a regional issue. A large part of Dorsey's expertise lies in an innate ability to develop financial resources from all sectors - private, public and philanthropic.

Although retired from ANDP in late 2006, Dorsey continues to impact local and national dialogues, including community development, race relations, economic development, regional equity and public policy through her consultant company, HBDorsey & Associates where she provides organizational development, strategic development and fund raising support to community based organizations, foundations and local government agencies.  Ms. Dorsey is often heard saying that her passion is still so much a part of her, but she wants to take time to read a book, spell a rose or two, and develop projects in collaboration with the private sector based on the experience gained with ANDP.  She has a wealth of board and civic experience that reflects her involvement in the city and with national organizations which she believes aided the growth and positioning of ANDP not only locally, but as a national model. 

Ms. Dorsey is currently providing consultant services as Program Manager to the Wheat Street Charitable Foundation to oversee and facilitate the redevelopment of all of its properties in the Auburn Avenue Historic District in Atlanta, GA.  She has provided consultant services to Wayne Mason Beltline Development Group (Atlanta, GA), the Ford Foundation (New York) on the investment strategy for Detroit, MI, and has spoken to several groups throughout the U.S. since her retirement on lessons learned during her leadership of ANDP. 

Her past and current volunteer service includes: Smart Growth America Board of Directors, Atlanta Medical Center Board of Directors, Breast Cancer Network of Strength, Atlanta Mayor's Affordable Workforce Housing Task Force; Georgia Chamber of Commerce Executive & Board of Directors; Federal Reserve’s National Consumer Advisory Council; Central Atlanta Progress Executive Committee; Atlanta Streetcar Board of Directors; Washington Mutual Advisory Council; Atlanta Regional Health Forum Board; Fannie Mae’s National Community Advisory Council and its Housing Advisory Board;  Fannie Mae Foundation’s Review Committee for the James A. Johnson Community Fellows Program; and the local affiliate of International Women's Forum.

She currently serves as the Board Chair of the Institute for Local Innovaitons, Inc. (ILI) based in New Orleans. She served as the former chair of the Community Development Partnership Network (CDPN) and is a frequent panelist on issues of equity and housing practices and resultant policy initiatives. Dorsey was the First Vice Chair for the State of Georgia's Democratic Party for eight years.  She is the former National President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and was the founding president of the group's metro Atlanta chapter. She also served on the Emory University Board of Visitors, the Atlanta Women's Foundation board, and previously served on the Spelman College Corporate Roundtable. Her civic memberships are far too extensive to list.

A Clark College alumna, Dorsey participated in both Leadership Atlanta and the Regional Leadership Training Institute. She has received numerous honors and awards including: Urban Land Institute 2007 Community Dan Sweat Leadership Award; 2005 Spelman College Local Community Service Award; Atlanta Woman Magazine nominee for Woman of the Year, Georgia Trend’s “2004 Notable Georgians”; 2003 Inductee into the Atlanta Business League’s Women Hall of Fame; 2001 Honoree of Women Looking Ahead “100s List of Georgia's Most Powerful and Influential Women;” the Atlanta Tribune's 2001 “Sisters to Watch” recognition; Atlanta Business League's recognition for being among the 100 Most Influential Black Women for the past five years; Business to Business magazine's “ 99” Women in Business Award; the Federal Home Bank Partnership Excellence Award; the Empire Realtors Distinguished Services Award; The Georgia Black Caucus Grace Towns Hamilton Leadership Award; and the Atlanta Regional Commission's Golden Glasses Award.

Hattie B. Dorsey HBDorsey & Associates. LLC

Hattie B. Dorsey

HBDorsey & Associates. LLC

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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