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Atlanta Habitat for Humanity CEO Alan Ferguson and Moody Construction CEO David Moody join Decide DeKalb Board of Directors

DECATUR, GEORGIA (Nov. 9, 2023) – Two newly appointed members of the Decide DeKalb Board of Directors bring decades of experience in construction, real estate, and community development to the development authority.  

Alan Ferguson Sr., the Chief Executive Officer at Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, spent nearly 30 years navigating the world of commercial real estate, venture capital, multifamily finance, and affordable housing before joining Habitat in 2022.

C. David Moody Jr. is President and CEO of C.D. Moody Construction Company Inc., which he founded in 1988 and built into one of the nation’s premier Black-owned businesses, which has worked on dozens of major projects throughout metro Atlanta, from the new international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to the Olympic Stadium, Philips Arena, Mercedes Benz Stadium, and the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center at Morehouse College.

“The breadth of experience Alan and David bring to the table is extraordinary,” said Decide DeKalb Board Chair Don Bolia. “Alan has spent his career developing and revitalizing communities and leveraging the venture capital necessary for these kinds of projects. David brings the knowledge and vision needed to plan and execute major commercial and residential projects, as his hefty portfolio amply demonstrates. Having both of these talented professionals join our board is a real honor.”
DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond said having Feguson and Moody join the board strengthens the development authority’s ability to ensure that its projects are both beneficial to the county and will be wise investments of county funds.

“In DeKalb County I’m proud to say we’ve shown great return on our careful investment over the years,” Thurmond said. “Career development and construction professionals like Alan and David will help Decide DeKalb make sure our county, residents and local companies keep getting the biggest bang for the buck.”
Prior to joining Habitat, Ferguson was Senior Vice President for Development & Operations at the American Opportunity Foundation and Senior VP for Community Development for Invest Atlanta.

Before that his experience included guiding development of low and moderate housing as a member of Fannie Mae’s Lender Channel. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Banking & Finance from Morehouse College, an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, and a Master of Science in Real Estate from Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson School of Business. He’s currently completing his PhD in Entrepreneurship & Innovation at The University of the Cumberlands.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Ferguson was raised in south DeKalb County and said he’s proud to have a chance to help DeKalb citizens and businesses become even more successful and vibrant.

“Having spent my career and most of my life working in Georgia communities, it’s a real privilege to be asked to help steer Decide DeKalb as it works to promote strong, smart development,” said Ferguson, who lives in Atlanta with his wife Janelle and two children.

Moody, originally from Chicago, earned a BA in psychology from Morehouse College in 1978 before going on to earn a degree in architecture from Howard University. He spent a few years working as an architect and engineer for Bechtel Power Corp. before launching C.D. Moody Construction. The company’s first project was a joint development of the Underground Atlanta entertainment district in 1987.

Since then, the company has worked on high-profile projects including Atlanta airport’s international terminal and Philips Arena, the Atlanta History Center’s new home for the Cyclorama, the Morehouse College Leadership Center and Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, among many others. The company generates annual revenues of more than $125 million.

Moody is a former president of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors and sits on the board of directors for Citizens Trust Bank, Zoo Atlanta, Morehouse College Business Advisory Board, Theragenics, Grady Hospital Board, and Wesley Woods at Emory. He also serves as Trustee Emeritus of Morehouse College and is the first African American President of the Associated General Contractors of Georgia.

A father and grandfather, Moody also enjoys athletics and has coached soccer, football and basketball youth teams. The C.D. Moody Construction Foundation has awarded more than 80 college scholarships to minority students since 1989 and Moody has endowed scholarships at Morehouse College, Howard University and Central State University.

“Atlanta welcomed me nearly 40 years ago and it’s where my company has thrived, becoming a national leader in the construction industry. I’ve done my best to repay that success by doing everything I can to see that our people and communities also are offered opportunities to grow,” Moody said. “I appreciate the trust Decide DeKalb and CEO Thurmond have shown by allowing me to help shape the future of DeKalb County by using my expertise to help guide development and investment here in my home county,” said Moody, who lives in Lithonia with his wife Karla.

Headshots of Ferguson and Moody can be found here.


About Decide DeKalb

Decide DeKalb serves as the primary facilitator of business development and job growth for DeKalb County, Georgia, the state’s fourth most populated county, home to part of the City of Atlanta and, as well as the cities of Decatur, Dunwoody and Brookhaven. Eighty percent of all movies filmed in Georgia are filmed in DeKalb County, also home to Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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