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, the company founded by Ray Anderson, who was inspired in 1994 by John’s sea-change 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. He was recruited to join the Ray C. Anderson Foundation in 2011 and joined The Ray in 2015.
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 board of the Biophilic Institute. She is a past board member of the Georgia Conservancy and Sustainable Atlanta, and she is a past member of the Troup County Strategic Planning Committee.
Phil Langford is a trustee of The Ray and the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.
Phil retired in 2012 as president of Langford Construction Company after a 30+ year career in commercial construction and development. Phil’s firm worked on a number of renovations and new building projects for sustainable, high-performance buildings in West Georgia including: the Ray C. Anderson Manufacturing Facility in West Point; David Oakey’s Pond Studio in LaGrange; the LEED® Certified Columbus Recycling and Sustainability Center in Columbus, and the LEED® Certified Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain.
Phil has a long history of community involvement. He is a past member of the LaGrange Academy Board of Directors, where he served as Vice President, and as a member of the Development Committee. Phil has served on Stran Steel’s President’s Council, is a founder and past president of the West Georgia Boys and Girls Club, and he is a recipient of the Boys and Girls Club Medallion Award. He has served on the LaGrange-Troup County Board of Directors, and he was also a member participant in Leadership Troup. He has also served on the Highland Country Club Board of Directors and he was a volunteer softball coach for 18 years while his daughters were growing up in LaGrange.
Phil is interested in all things related to sustainability and enjoys conducting research for Foundation projects, with special emphasis on The Ray. He is a member of the local Sierra Club chapter and he is a supporter of Georgia Interfaith Power & Light and Friends of the Earth. His is also especially interested in the work of Greenpeace and The Story of Stuff with special emphasis on the impact that today’s decisions have on the future for “Tomorrow’s Child.”
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. Alan was recruited to join the Ray C. Anderson Foundation in 2011, and joined The Ray in 2015.
Anna Cullen is the Director of External Relations and Communications for The Ray.
An Atlanta native, Anna works to ensure that the mission and accomplishments of The Ray are shouted from the rooftops.
She received her B.A. in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, & Government (CLEG) from American University in Washington D.C. and her Masters of Public Administration at Georgia State University. She started her career on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Assistant to a member of Congress covering issues that included energy, environment, agriculture, and health care. After moving back home to Atlanta, she served as the Director of Communications for Georgians for a Healthy Future, a health care consumer advocacy organization. She joined The Ray in February of 2017.