TCB&L Cohort

As part of our mission to help cultivate community, we are helping our cohort build their own capacity as local small developers so that they can take the lead towards a better form of building and rebuilding here in the Tri-Cities and Metro Atlanta area.


Mallerie Shirley has called southwest Atlanta home for 7 years. She lives with her husband of 11 years, Chris, and they have a two year old. She considers herself a jack-of-all-trades who loves to learn new skills and put them to the test. She found her passion in community development. She started her journey as a developer by house-hacking with roommates, which turned into her being a landlord and vacation rental owner.

Mallerie is ready to take the next step by doing her part to build the kind of communities we love to see in TV shows: walkable, full of amenities, and beautiful, inviting frontages. Her ultimate goal is to pass on the knowledge she has gained from this cohort to newer developers.

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Max Baender has a Bachelor of Art in European Business Administration and a decade working in Marketing Communications for brands like Mazda, Procter & Gamble, Mars, Wrigley’s, and GlaxoSmithKline in Germany, where he hails from. After moving to Georgia, he graduated top of his class from Gwinnett Technical College with a Diploma in Residential Construction Management. He did an internship with Clay Chapman, Master Mason and Builder, mastermind behind “Hope for Architecture.”

Max is an avid believer in strong neighborhoods and towns: “It’s not only the house you live in, but the quality of your neighborhood with its fabric of social life and interactions that makes for a true home.”

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Moutushi Majid earned a Master of Science in Urban Design at Georgia Institute of Technology after getting her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from North South University in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where she worked as a Teaching Assistant.

After moving to Georgia, she interned with the Urban Design and Planning Department at Sizemore Architectural Group. Moutushi is the recipient of three scholarships from Congress for New Urbanism. She speaks four languages and plays seven instruments. She loves to paint landscapes.

About the TCB&L Team

Eleanor holds a Master of Arts in Political Science from California State University Chico. She was trained in urban development by the Incremental Development Alliance. She is a staunch New Urbanist and advocate for civic engagement and voting rights.

John has 44 years of construction experience, including the level of journeyman electrician. He is highly sought after for his expertise in building design and development, and was a founding faculty member of the Incremental Development Alliance. 

Benjamin specialized in construction while attending the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston, South Carolina. He worked as a surveyor in Chico, California, and enjoys painting in his free time.

Talia has a background in Business Management, and is an "anti-specialist" who will learn to do anything, from HTML coding to sound engineering for a podcast. She has written two novels.

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Eleanor Anderson


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Design & Finance

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Project Manager

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Office Manager