Atlanta Habitat Welcomes Three Members to Board Of Directors

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity announces the election of  Fifth Third Bank-Georgia Senior Vice President and Retail Executive Dewayne King, Alston & Bird Corporate & Business Transactions Group Partner Jeremy Silverman, and Flagstar Bank Senior Loan Advisor Jorge Valencia to its board of directors.

King, Silverman and Valencia’s appointment to the Atlanta Habitat board comes as the organization embarks upon its largest expansion in 38 years. A leading nonprofit affordable homebuilder, Atlanta Habitat is building a $25 million affordable home community, Browns Mill Village, and expanding into South Fulton County with affordable home building services and a second Atlanta Habitat ReStore and Service Center in the city of South Fulton this spring. 

“We are delighted to have these business leaders join Atlanta Habitat’s board at such a pivotal time in our growth,” says Lisa Y. Gordon, president and CEO of Atlanta Habitat. “Their knowledge and expertise in housing, banking and legal affairs will be assets to our trusted and respected board of directors.”

King is responsible for the sales and service operations management of 31 financial centers, including three regions throughout metro Atlanta and Augusta.  He is compassionate about his community and mentors student-athletes.   Silverman, who advises private-equity funds, closely-held businesses, and publicly traded companies in merges and acquisitions transactions and other strategic matters, will also serve as the Board’s Legal Counsel. Through his role at Flagstar Bank, Valencia advises clients on home purchase and refinance decisions.  Valencia also co-founded the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation and served as its president for five years. He leads the North Fulton Chapter of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. At Notre Dame, Valencia and his dormitory roommates renovated a Habitat for Humanity home for their beloved janitor and his family.

Atlanta Habitat board members serve three-year terms and are volunteers from various backgrounds with the resources, wisdom, and passion for leading in constructive, effective, and meaningful ways. The board is responsible for setting the organization’s overall direction, including strategic goals, finances, and governance policies.

The three new board members previously served on Atlanta Habitat’s Advisory Council.

The Atlanta Habitat Board and Advisory Council available here.

About Atlanta Habitat

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity transforms communities through neighborhood revitalization, education, innovative development, and partnerships. As one of Habitat for Humanity International’s largest affiliates, Atlanta Habitat impacts the lives of approximately 6,000 family members in 100 neighborhoods. In addition to constructing affordable, energy-efficient, well-built homes, the nonprofit homebuilder renovates blighted properties and completes critical repairs for qualifying homeowners. Houses are sold to first-time homebuyers through zero-interest mortgages in Atlanta and South Fulton County. Visit