Christopher Nunn was appointed Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) in 2017. He leads the State’s community development efforts to support local leaders in their efforts to build strong, vibrant communities. DCA has a broad reach that includes comprehensive planning, safe and affordable housing, downtown development, community infrastructure, and economic development finance.
Prior to DCA, Commissioner Nunn led a regional professional services firm as Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he was responsible for all business aspects of the 150-person firm, including strategic planning and growth. Previously, he spent 15 years as a business consultant with two global firms, Arthur Andersen and Russell Reynolds Associates, focused on strategic planning, operational improvement, leadership development, and executive recruiting.
A native of Perry, Georgia, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University with a B.A. in Political Science. He earned his Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Commissioner Nunn serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Wesley Woods, and he serves on the Boards of Advisors for the Robert T. Jones, Jr. Scholarship Trust at Emory University and the Center for Family Business at Kennesaw State University. He and his family are also active members of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.
Commissioner Nunn and his wife, Nancy, have two children and live in Atlanta.
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.