Allie Kelly is Executive Director of The Ray.
A Georgia native, Allie earned a B.A. degree in political science from the University of Georgia. She has worked in public policy for over 15 years, first as a lobbyist for UPS in Washington, D.C., then returning to Atlanta and founding Georgia Watch in 2002, which is the state’s only consumer watchdog organization.
In 2009, she left Georgia Watch to join former Lt. Gov. Pierre Howard at the Georgia Conservancy as its senior vice president, and it was there that she met the Trustees of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, who partnered with the Georgia Conservancy to do a feasibility study for the project that would become The Ray. She was recruited by the Trustees to help found The Ray in 2015, and now serves as its executive director.
John Picard is Vice President of The Ray and an Advisory Board Member for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.
John understood the “internet of things” long before connectivity became the driver that it is today. Celebrated for his keen understanding of the innovative principles of natural systems designs, John connects visionary thinking with emerging technologies to drive successful projects for corporations, commercial buildings, college campuses, and even entire towns.
One of John’s most personal and profound experiences was with Interface, Inc., the company founded by Ray Anderson, who was inspired in 1994 by John’s sea-changing question, “what is Interface doing for the environment?” John was an integral part of the team that helped the petroleum-dependent company imagine a future without oil and chart a course towards it, and he was recruited to join the Ray C. Anderson Foundation in 2011.
Harriet Langford is President of The Ray, and Trustee of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.
A graduate of the University of West Georgia, Harriet has spent the past 30+ years serving in numerous nonprofit leadership roles in her local community. In addition to her roles in the nonprofit world, Harriet owned a specialty printing business in her hometown of LaGrange, Georgia.
Harriet’s entrepreneurial leadership skills, her servant spirit, and her passion for team sports have served her well as a Trustee of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, a role she assumed in 2011.
In 2015 she was appointed to the boards of the Biophilic Institute and the Troup County Strategic Planning Committee, and she is a past board member of the Georgia Conservancy and Sustainable Atlanta.
Harriet resides in LaGrange with her husband Phil Langford, also a member of The Ray and the Foundation.
Harriet Anderson Langford
Phil Langford is Trustee of both the The Ray and the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, and he is Ray Anderson’s son in law.
A native of LaGrange, Georgia, Phil attended Auburn University and went on to found Langford Construction Company, a commercial construction and development company he ran until his retirement in 2012. His firm worked on a number of renovations and new building projects for sustainable, high-performance buildings in West Georgia.
Phil has a long history of community involvement in LaGrange, where he currently serves on the LaGrange Academy Board of Directors as Vice President and a member of the Development Committee. He is a founder and past president of the West Georgia Boys and Girls Club, and received the Boys and Girls Club Medallion Award. He has served on the LaGrange-Troup County Board of Directors and the Highland Country Club Board of Directors.
Phil is interested in all things related to sustainability and enjoys conducting research for Foundation projects, with special emphasis on The Ray.
Alan Anderson is Treasurer of The Ray and an Advisory Board Member for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.
Alan is a retired designer, innovator and past Director of Boeing Company’s Commercial Airplanes’ Concept Center, an organization that oversees the design of passenger cabins for all models of Boeing Airplanes. During his 43 years designing aircraft interiors at Boeing, Alan created the Payloads Studio as part of the Concept Center, a place where innovation and concept development are nourished.
Alan first met Ray Anderson when Ray visited The Concept Center at Boeing to talk about the idea of using modular carpet on airplanes. The two struck up a fast friendship that lasted nearly a decade, and Alan was recruited to join the Ray C. Anderson Foundation in 2011.
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