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Lauren Marshall | Vice President of Community Development

lauren@newtownmacon.com | 478-722-9909, x 121

  • Analyzing loan applications

  • Maintaining and improving our online application process

  • Facilitating loan closings. 

Lauren has been committed to the Macon community since she moved here in 2015. 

Before coming to NewTown Macon, Lauren held the position of Director of Communications and Marketing at Mercer University School of Law. There, she managed branding, enrollment marketing, design, social media, and the website. At Historic Macon Foundation(HMF), she was the Director of Neighborhood Revitalization and Loan Fund Manager. She oversaw programs like low-interest facade and energy efficiency loans, started the Neighborhood Leadership Institute, and supported Beall's Hill revitalization.

Lauren earned her degrees from the University of Georgia in Advertising and History. She also earned an M.A. in Conservation Studies of Historic Buildings from the University of York in England. She's a certified Historic Real Estate Finance Professional from the National Development Council. In her free time, she's a calligrapher and runs The Post Letters, her small business since 2019.

Outside of work, Lauren is on the Macon-Bibb County Design Review Board, a Hay House board member, a UGA Mentor, and a 2018 Leadership Macon graduate. She and her husband, Mac, love downtown, enjoying the live music scene and local restaurants


Ricardo Cordew | Business Consultant

ricardo@newtownmacon.com | 478-722-9909, x 108 

  • First point of contact for loan clients 
  • Business coaching and strategy 
  • Group trainings (including Developers’ Academy, Entrepreneurs’ Academy, and Downtown Diversity Initiative)

Ricardo is from Fayetteville, North Carolina and is an alumnus of High Point University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in marketing. Ricardo joins the NewTown Macon staff with over 12 years of sales and consulting expertise. 

Ricardo is the proud father of a creative teen daughter. Both a newlywed and new to Macon, Ricardo and his family enjoy exploring their new home and are looking forward to all the adventures Macon has to offer.  

At NewTown, Ricardo is responsible for one-on-one coaching services to potential and current loan applicants.  He also coordinates NewTown’s support programs serving Macon-Bibb’s small business and real estate development communities. 

Ricardo thinks the apple scones at Z Beans are amazing with a caramel latte. He and his wife love going to the Douglass Theatre for live jazz and plays.


Jolie Rowland | Director of Lending

jolie@newtownmacon.com | 478-722-9909, x 120

  • Analyzing loan applications

  • Maintaining and improving our online application process

  • Facilitating loan closings. 

Jolie Rowland serves as NewTown Loans’ Director of Lending, where she is responsible for analyzing loan applications, maintaining and improving our online application process, and facilitating loan closings. 

Jolie lived in Dublin, Georgia until she moved to Macon to attend Mercer University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in Finance and Spanish. Jolie has worked for NewTown Macon in several different roles since 2018, giving her the opportunity to help create and become a co-founder of NewTown Loans, Middle Georgia’s first CDFI. 

In her free time, Jolie enjoys acrylic painting, attending events in downtown Macon, volunteering, and visiting her family in Dublin. Jolie lives downtown and loves the community it has given her. You’ll find her shopping at 7th Street Salvage and Travis Jean Emporium or hanging out at some of her favorite restaurants: Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen, La Bella Morelia, and Oliver’s Corner Bistro. 

Board of Managers

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    Bob Hatcher, Chairman | Chairman, H2 Capital

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    Ryan Griffin | Owner, New Atlantic Realty

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    Corrie Hall | Partner, James Bates

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    DaQuanis Harvey | Executive Director, Operation Hope

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    Stephanie Howard | Executive Director, Mercer Innovation Center

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    Dr. R. Kris Ellis | Nephrologist, Physician Consultants of Georgia, LLC

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    Ronnie Rollins | President & CEO, Community Health System



555 Poplar Street
Macon, GA 31201



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