About Our
Collective Being


At Constellations, we strive to deliver an ecosystem that honors the world-renowned history of Sweet Auburn, while providing a relaxed, professional environment for thinkers, writers, foundations, non-profits, purpose-driven companies, historians, students, educators, advocates, and lovers of life — to live their dreams and fulfill their missions.


Our Place, in History.

Proudly constituted in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic District, birthplace of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement, Constellations enjoys both the context of history and the desired amenities of life in the modern city.

Conveniently located on the Atlanta Streetcar Line, we happily reside on the top floor of The Southern Schoolbook Building at 135 Auburn Avenue, recipient of the 2009 Atlanta UDC Award of Excellence for Historic Preservation, and a stunning example of early 20th Century architecture. Constructed in 1910, the building was designed by Hentz & Reid as the Southern School Book Depository. Neel Reid, who joined Hal Hentz one year earlier, poured heart and soul into the project, detailing ornate garland swags across the top, majestically centered with the torch of knowledge and an open book. 

Boasting a 97 Walk Score, Constellations is just a hop, skip and jump from the Atlanta Streetcar’s “Piedmont at Auburn” stop, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, the MLK, Jr. National Historic Site, The King Center, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Georgia State University, some of the city’s best baked chicken (at Kenley’s), and the many other historic, educational, and culinary offerings making the Old Fourth Ward, Sweet Auburn, and Downtown Atlanta proud.

We're also quite pleased to be located directly above the APEX Museum, a true asset to the cultural fabric of the Sweet Auburn community, dedicated to exploring the African-American Panoramic Experience.


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Advisors, Ambassadors & Partners


GENE KANSAS Founder & President

Constellations is the combination of passion and professional pursuit for award-winning developer Gene Kansas, a native of New Orleans and a lover of Atlanta.  A writer at heart, an entrepreneur by trade, and operating through the medium of the built environment to identify, craft and share stories that add value to community, Gene leads the real estate and cultural development of Constellations with a world of support and the joy of happy collaboration. 

TED BRADFORD Dir. of Operations & Partner

Ted is at heart and through practice a community builder, an urbanist & a champion for Atlanta.  With a love for and education in urban policy, as a neighborhood leader, and as an accomplished Chief of Staff to an Atlanta City Councilmember, Ted has earned trust, demonstrated understanding, and gathered experience.  Applying passion & expertise, Ted is helping Atlanta realize its promise as a leading global city for the 21st century.


Through non-profit work, education, and professional diligence, Ben is making a difference on both the national and hyper-local level, assisting owners of historic buildings, developers and business owners access capital for job-creating projects through investment incentives. Notably, Ben lead the effort to create the Historic Tax Credit (HTC) in Texas, helped reauthorize the Louisiana HTC, and was instrumental in expanding the HTC in Georgia. 


Brad Shaw was VP of Communications for The Home Depot prior to retiring, where he oversaw The Home Depot Foundation and worked hand-in-hand with three CEO’s during his tenure. Passionate about storytelling, Brad co-created and now hosts a non-profit radio show called Crazy Good Turns with partner and retired The Home Depot CEO, Frank Blake.


Mike is a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. An Atlanta native, Mike recently relocated back south after spending 10 years in the northeast. During his time away, he attended Colgate University, worked in Investment Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. Mike is also a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta volunteer and serves on the Young Leadership Council. Mike is passionate about giving back and building up community. 


Carol Tomé is CFO of The Home Depot, and has extensive governmental, for-profit, and non-profit board experience. Her husband, Ramon Tomé, worked for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources before retiring, and is now actively involved on the board of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.



Advisory Board

Jamie Allen
Katie Barringer
Dr. Sarah Cook
Shelton Davis
Travis Ekmark
Matt Finn
Michael Gandy
Ryan Gravel
Thomas Lodato
Max Mandelis
Jacqueline Royster
Alexis Scott


Our Ambassadors

Vanessa Meyer - The Community Foundation

Caitlin Joyce - Office of Brothers



Community Partners

  • Auburn Avenue Research Library

  • Museum of Design Atlanta

  • Georgia State University

  • Georgia Tech

  • Central Atlanta Progress

  • The National Trust for Historic Preservation

  • The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation

  • Atlanta Preservation Center

  • Sweet Auburn Works

  • Office of Brothers

  • Cover Books