The Leaven Group is a thoughtful, community-focused real estate developer with roots in Athens, Georgia—and a vision to be a catalyst for transformation in communities across the U.S. Drawing upon a diverse property portfolio, The Group focuses on mixed-use, value add/re-use and multifamily development. We serve the Southeast’s emerging growth market in a holistic way that creates spaces for living, work, retail, entertainment and recreation. Our focus: building up communities while building the right uses for parcels at the right time and in the right markets.
ZACH MCLEROY is the founder and former CEO of Zaxby’s and a 30-year veteran of the real-estate world, building detail-rich fast casual restaurants.
MARK JENNINGS, Developer and Founder of Athens Construction Group.
BRIAN LU is an accomplished Atlanta-based commercial developer with 20+ years of experience in many product types.
Consumers today expect curation and care deeply about the opportunities a development will provide their community. The thoughtfulness we bring to our mixed-use projects is unmatched.
Lifting up communities includes elevating community members’ experiences at home. Behind every Leaven Group multifamily project is a team that pays attention to the details and whose care is unwavering.
We have assembled a diverse portfolio of blue-chip properties and are well-positioned financially to acquire and hold new ones for future development when the time is right.
At Leaven Capital, we’re dedicated to community transformation. With a keen understanding of funding, we invest our own capital first to demonstrate commitment before partnering with institutions. Our strategic capital leverage ensures exceptional returns, fostering long-term community growth.