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Seeking Nominations for the New Board

Seeking Nominations for the New Board

The National Community Land Trust Network and Cornerstone Partnership are seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the Board of Directors for the new consolidated organization. New board members will take office on January 1, 2016.

This is your opportunity to help shape the new organization and bring a practitioner’s perspective to the Board.  If you work in a community land trust, inclusionary housing or a shared equity homeownership program and would like to nominate yourself or someone else to be considered for a Board position please complete the application HERE

Applications are due no later than September 25, 2015.

The initial board of the new organization will be appointed by the current CLT Network Board, based on work done by a nominating committee (comprised of Lisa Byers, Brenda Torpy, Christopher Ptomey, Melora Hiller, Terry Simonette, Rick Jacobus and Rachel Silver).  The slate of candidates will be consistent with the revised bylaws below. At a minimum, 40% of the new Board will be practitioners representing the three Communities of Practice (community land trusts, inclusionary housing, and shared equity homeownership programs).  The remaining members will be at-large directors bringing key skills sets, relationships, and access to resources.

If you would like to speak with a member of the Nominations Committee contact Lisa Byers at or Melora Hiller, Executive Director at



1. Number of Directors. Except in the case of the initial Directors, the Board of Directors (the Board) shall consist at all times of not less than nine and not more than fifteen Directors, the number to be fixed by resolution of the Board.


2. Priorities. The Board of Directors shall strive to include Directors to meet the following priorities:

a.  achieving diversity as to gender, race, and ethnicity of Directors; geography, size, and type of organization represented; and type of community served (e.g., urban vs. rural);
b.  ensuring that an appropriate range of skills and experience is present in the Board;
c.  ensuring that the Board is effective in pursuing the mission of the Corporation and achieving goals identified by its leaders.


3. Community of Practice Representatives. A Community of Practice is a group of practitioners with a shared domain of interest and a desire to interact with and learn from their peers. The Board of Directors shall establish policies defining the Communities of Practice, which shall include but not be limited to (a) Community Land Trusts, (b) Shared Equity Housing Programs, and (c) Inclusionary Housing Programs. Except in the event of a vacancy due to resignation or inability to identify a qualified candidate for one or more seats, the Board shall include at least one director elected to represent each Community of Practice. Except in the case of one or more temporary vacancies, the Community of Practice representatives shall total no less than 40% of the composition of the Board. In the event that one or more vacancies drop this percentage below 40%, the Board shall act to restore this minimum representation within 90 days.

      a.  Nomination of Community of Practice Representatives. Any individual who is a Member may nominate him or herself as a candidate for the Board of Directors. To make such nomination, interested candidates shall submit a summary of qualifications to the Nominations Committee, as defined in Article V below. The Nominations Committee shall be responsible for putting forth a slate of candidates that includes representation of each Community of Practice and incorporates the priorities outlined in Section III-2 above.  At least two weeks before the election in question the Nominations Committee shall distribute (by mail or electronic mail) to all Members a slate of candidates, together with brief descriptions of the affiliation and experience of each candidate.
      b.  Election of Community of Practice Representatives. Community of Practice representatives shall be elected by all Members by votes cast prior to the Annual Membership Meeting in accordance with Section II-6-e above. The ballot used for the election of Member representatives shall be distributed to each Member.


4. At Large Directors. The Board of Directors shall normally include up to eight at-large directors.

      a.  Nomination of at-large directors. The Nominations Committee, as defined in Article V below, shall nominate candidates for the at-large board seats. In making its nominations, the Committee shall consider the priorities outlined in Section III-2 above.
      b. Election of at-large directors. At-large directors shall be elected by majority vote of a quorum of the Board of Directors at any meeting of the Board.


5. Capital Impact Partners Appointed Director. Capital Impact Partners (CIP) may, at its discretion, appoint a member of the CIP senior management team or board of directors to serve as a Director on the Board. This seat will normally be filled at the same time as other Board seats. This seat will be subject to other guidelines and limitations in these bylaws.  If the CIP seat remains vacant for a period of six months, the Board may appoint an at-large director to fill this seat, for the remainder of the term of the CIP seat.



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