Who We Are
MicroLife Institute is dedicated to educating individuals, groups and cities about the positive impacts of micro living. By connecting thought leaders and professionals we encourage and enable developments of walkable, sustainable “micro-hood” communities
An entrepreneur who has worked in the real estate and telecommunications fields for nearly fifteen years. Kim brings a variety of experience to Tiny House Atlanta, including zoning, permitting and code expertise which is crucial to make Tiny Houses a legally viable permanent housing solution. After the success of selling her last company left her unfulfilled and wanting more out of life, she realized that workaholism to support a stereotypical American lifestyle with a full-size home and physical possessions no longer served her. She took a journey to Indonesia where she lived with only the contents of a backpack for a month on an organic permaculture farm while studying yoga, and became even more dedicated to experiential living, and limiting the impact on the environment with tiny living and minimalism.
The Executive Director of the MicroLife Institute, is a thought leader and innovator in the micro living world. Over the past four years, his organization has enabled policy change and brought acceptance of micro structures in the Southeast through events, projects and advocacy. His philosophy is allowing people to think outside the box by putting them in one.
An Atlanta native and creative marketer with a passion for social good. After graduating from the University of North Georgia with a degree in writing and publication, she went on to work in a political press office, and has since worked with multiple nonprofits to develop marketing strategy and compelling copy. Julia currently serves as a communications strategist at a state agency, where she illustrates the efforts of state partnerships through various mediums. In this role, she also coordinates with local, state, and national nonprofits to increase Georgia's collective emergency response and resiliency. Julia has been recognized as a member of the City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Resilience inaugural class of sustainability ambassadors, and holds particular interest in causes related to intersectional environmentalism.
An intern for the Microlife Institute. She uses her love for event planning to assist Will on big projects coming up for Tiny House Atlanta. She graduated from the University of West Georgia with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology.
An undergraduate senior at Georgia State University, majoring in Managerial Science with a focus in Business Analysis. Last summer, my internship at Collabera, an IT company helped me gain valuable experience in business analysis and gave me an insight on project management. During the school year, I plan on continuing volunteering at various places and being an active member of GSU ICE.
Mario Camberdella, APA ASLA
A licensed landscape architect, a certified erosion and sedimentation design professional, holds a master of Environmental Planning and a master of Landscape Architecture from the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia. Since December 2015, Mario has served as the City of Atlanta's first Urban Agriculture Director. Housed in the Mayor’s Office of Resilience, Mario is responsible for agriculture-related policy development, program management, and technical expertise for food production, aggregation, distribution, and restoration within the City limits. Mario is an Eagle Scout, member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, board member of the MicroLife Institute and Keep Chamblee Beautiful. And holds memberships to the Urban Land Institute, American Society of Landscape Architects, American Planning Association, and the American Community Gardening Association.
A small business owner in Intown Atlanta, has had a passion for tiny houses since stumbling across an article on Dee Williams years ago. She built her own tiny accessory dwelling unit in her backyard, and continues to follow the national conversation about these homes, watching as a curiosity became a movement became an industry. What excites her about The MicroLife Institute, however, goes far beyond tiny houses. These dwellings do have their place in the future of American housing, but may always attract only a narrow slice of homeowners. The mission of The MicroLife Institute, however, has sweeping implications. Energy efficiency, financial freedom, minimalist living, the preservation of diversity – the Institute could support how these unfold within our urban centers. That is a thrilling proposition! She is honored to be a small part of the Institute’s effort to educate and advocate for someone wanting to live larger while living smaller.
Jess Cooke Scarborough, Esq. is a third generation Atlantan with an eye for real estate, a mind for business and a heart for people, relationships, and families. An Ivy League educated attorney, Jess completed her Bachelor of Arts,Cum Laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. Following law school, Jess practiced at one of Atlanta’s largest and most well respected law firms. In over 5 years of legal practice, Jess represented developers, lenders, borrowers, servicers, asset managers, and financial institutions in a wide array of real estate, finance, lending and securitization issues.