Christopher Nunn was appointed Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) by Governor Nathan Deal in September 2017. At DCA, he leads state efforts to ensure that by creating and supporting workforce housing, community infrastructure, downtown development and economic development, communities are prepared to achieve their vision of success. DCA manages nearly $300 million each year of state and federal dollars through its 65 programs, providing funding and technical assistance throughout Georgia to help build strong, vibrant communities.
Prior to his role at DCA, Commissioner Nunn served as Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services (DOAS). And before joining DOAS, Commissioner Nunn was Deputy Commissioner for Community Development & Finance at DCA, where he led efforts to support community and economic development activities.
Before entering public service, Commissioner Nunn provided professional services and leadership in the private sector. He held the role of Chief Operating Officer for an Atlanta-based accounting firm, where he was responsible for all business aspects of the $25-million, 150-person firm. At Windham Brannon, Commissioner Nunn’s primary focus included strategic planning, financial management, new business development, and organizational development. He also provided day-to-day oversight for HR, accounting, and IT. Under his leadership, the firm expanded its service offerings, grew nearly 25 percent, and developed a talented next generation of leaders. Commissioner Nunn also spent 8 years with Russell Reynolds Associates, a global leader in executive recruitment and assessment, where he led the Southeast CFO practice and worked closely with clients around the world, including successfully completing more than 120 assignments to identify and attract Board and C-level corporate leadership. Commissioner Nunn’s private sector career began at Arthur Andersen as a strategy consultant.
Originally from Perry, Georgia, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University with a B.A. in Political Science. He later earned a Master of International Relations degree from the University of St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Scotland. Commissioner Nunn serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Wesley Woods, a senior living ministry that serves more than 1,800 individuals through 10 facilities across North Georgia. He is also active on the Board of Advisors to the Robert T. Jones, Jr. Scholarship Trust at Emory University, and he is a member of Emory’s Board of Visitors. Commissioner Nunn is an involved member of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, and resides in Atlanta with his wife, Nancy, and their two children.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
With over 25 years’ experience in the public sector, John Ellis serves as the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ (DCA) Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Mr. Ellis is responsible for running the business of the agency, including accounting, budget, human resources, legal services, marketing and communications, information technology, and facilities management. Mr. Ellis and his team are responsible for providing support services to the agency’s 400 plus employees.
CHIef financial officer
Stephanie Green serves as the Chief Financial Officer of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. She directs the financial and budgetary operations of DCA, the Georgia Housing and Finance Authority (GHFA), and the One Georgia Authority. In addition, Ms. Green is responsible for the operations of State Home Mortgage which services the mortgages of the agency’s Georgia Dream program. She has over 25 years of experience in public sector finance.
Deputy commissioner, Housing
As Deputy Commissioner for Housing at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Tonya Curry manages all Housing programs for the department. With over 25 years of combined experience in state government, bond finance, housing and legal affairs, Ms. Curry directs the agency's programs and services in the areas of homeownership, rental housing development, rental housing assistance, and foreclosure prevention. She is also responsible for housing programs serving populations with special needs and those experiencing homelessness.
Deputy Commissioner, Community development & finance
Rusty Haygood has more than 15 years of experience in the development and oversight of community and economic development financing programs. As Deputy Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ (DCA) Community Development and Finance Division, he oversees the business processes and policies that implement the state’s community and economic development programs, including DCA’s relationship with the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the OneGeorgia Authority. The Division also includes Planning, Building Codes, Research, Downtown Development and the Georgia Commission for Service & Volunteerism.