The Ray - Georgia's Highway of the Future
Feb 06, 2018 12:00 PM
Allie Kelly, Executive Director, The Ray
The Ray - Georgia's Highway of the Future

A Georgia native, Allie Kelly 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.


Working with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, in 2015 Allie helped found and now directs an affiliated foundation called The Ray, which is the world’s first regenerative highway project. The Ray is a global proving ground for the evolving ideas and technologies that will shape the transportation infrastructure of the future, paving the way to zero-impact roadways for all. Visit to join the movement.


Joining Ms. Kelly is Harriet Langford is the Founder and President of The Ray. Harriet is also a Trustee of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, a Georgia-based private family foundation honoring the legacy of her father, the late Ray C. Anderson (1934-2011), Founder and Chairman of Interface, Inc., the world’s largest modular carpet manufacturer, and a global leader in sustainability.

Prior to assuming her current roles with The Ray and the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, Harriet owned a specialty printing business in LaGrange, Georgia.  Her entrepreneurial leadership skills, her servant spirit and her passion for team sports led her to a natural transition into nonprofit leadership in 2011, when she assumed her current role with the family foundation.

Over the past 30+ years, Harriet has served in numerous nonprofit leadership roles in her local community.  She was president of the Junior Service League, and a board member for the Junior Women’s Club and the Laurel Garden Club.  She also served 10 years on Explorer’s Bible Study Leadership Committee in LaGrange, Georgia, where she is an active member of LaGrange First Baptist Church.

Harriet is a graduate of the University of West Georgia, and she resides in LaGrange, Georgia with her husband Phil Langford, who is the retired owner of Langford Construction Company.  Harriet and Phil have two daughters, Melissa Langford who resides in LaGrange, Georgia and McCall Langford who resides in Atlanta.  They also have three grandchildren, Bailey, Brooks and Banks.

INVOCATION: James Ottley