Thank you departing board members
In 2006 the first annual meeting was held in Boulder, Colorado, where fifteen individuals were elected to serve on the first Board of Directors of the Network. In October of this year, Robert Burns, Lisa Byers, John Hamilton, and Jim Mischler-Philbin, four of the original fifteen, have completed their board service, officially stepping down at the 2014 Annual Meeting on October 22.
Lisa Byers, elected as the first Chair of the Board, was charged with leading the group in building a solid foundation to raise a new organization. Always poised, Lisa led with professionalism, humility, and commitment, navigating through policies, procedures, strategic planning, and all things required to get a new organization up and running. Along the way, always mindful of the needs of the membership, she instilled and taught the importance of governance, best practices, and consensus decision making to advance the work and status of the Network.
Complimenting Lisa’s leadership was Jim Mischler-Philbin, who always worked with thoughtful intention and humor, providing balance and strength to the leadership during some of the most challenging times in the development and growth of the organization. During his tenure, Jim served as Vice Chair, Chair, and Executive Committee Member.
At various times, Robert Burns and John Hamilton served on the Executive Committee as Secretary and Treasurer. Robert and John were both dedicated to the growth of the Network, advising and informing board members on issues as seen through the lens of the business community. Their combined knowledge and experience, coupled with passion and commitment to the mission, was instrumental in building organizational capacity. Eight years ago, with support from the community at large, these four individuals along with eleven others set out with limited financial resources, a willingness to try, and a determination to succeed in building an organization that would bring technical assistance, training, and financial resources to Community Land Trusts (CLT’s) across the nation. With that, they went to work creating the entity known to us today as the National Community Land Trust Network which through its growth has expanded to include not only CLT’s but other organizations committed to permanently affordable housing.
It is a bittersweet moment in the history of the organization as we say a heartfelt goodbye and thank you to Lisa, Jim, Robert, and John for their strength, guidance, dedication, and service all while celebrating the Network’s growth and existence eight years later. And while their official service has ended, their efforts will always be the guiding light as the organization continues to grow and move forward.
-Connie Chavez, Network Board Member