CDDA Board of Directors

Robert  Smith

Robert Smith


Rob Smith grew up in Dunwoody and graduated from The University of Georgia with a degree in Economics. He is a resident of Keswick Village and moved to Chamblee in 2012.

Rob works in Real Estate Asset Management, having worked for companies like Jamestown Properties and Rialto Capital Management. He has experience working in Office, Retail, Hospitality and Multifamily in several different markets across the country including San Francisco, Washington D.C. and here locally in Atlanta.

Rob is active in the Lacrosse Community in Georgia, having started both the North Springs High School and Middle School Feeder program. He coached at North Springs, Riverwood and Marist and has been an active volunteer at Atlanta Youth Lacrosse since he first started playing with the program over 20 years ago.

Van Pappas

Van Pappas

Board Member

Born and raised in Atlanta, Van earned his BA in Finance from Georgia Southern University and was a top manager for two Fortune 500 retailers. Married in 1997, Van has been the father of one boy since 2006. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Van has performed comprehensive planning for individuals, families and small businesses. He is one of the three original founding members of Chamblee’s Chamber of Commerce and holds the position of the Chamber’s Chairman and President. Van was appointed to the Downtown Development Authority in March 2013 and is in his second year as the Chairperson.

John Mesa

Board Member

City of Chamblee, District 1 Council Member

Brian Ray

Brian Ray

Vice Chair

Brian Ray is a resident of Huntley Hills, serves on the board of the Huntley Hills Neighborhood Association, and is a member of the Chamblee Chamber of Commerce.  He is married with two small children.  He was born in Texas, grew up in Arkansas, and lived in Montana, Virginia, and Oregon before moving to Georgia in 2006.

Brian is a landscape architect and planner with over fifteen years of experience including land development, site design, planting design, and military base planning.  He holds a Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Arkansas, and a Master’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia.  

Brian is passionate about community design issues and the importance of designing places for people.  He believes that the city is on the cusp of significant changes, challenges, and opportunities with new developments in and near the downtown area.  He strives to make the DDA area a great place to live, work, and play. He was appointed to the CDDA board in 2015

Matt Sitter

Board Member



Jonathan Smith

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