Who We Are

The National Community Land Trust Network and Cornerstone Partnership are excited to share that we have joined forces to form: Grounded Solutions NetworkAfter 18 months of planning and several years of strong partnership, we’ve formed a new organization, bringing together an extensive network of member practitioners from local communities who have a deep understanding of best practices for the sector.  Our goal is to inspire action and reform policies that help create more equitable housing opportunities and inclusive communities across the nation. Learn More … 

Our organization’s first duty is to develop resources that help the members of our Network. This website plays a key role in fulfilling this responsibility. It’s intended to be a place to share ideas and lessons learned. This information is designed to both introduce newcomers to the basics about community land trusts (CLTs) and permanently affordable...


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Board of Directors

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Maria Benjamin

Maria Benjamin

Director of Homeownership & Below Market Rate Housing

San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing & Community Development

San Francisco, CA

Robert Burns

Robert Burns

President & CEO

City First Homes

Washington, DC

Lauren Counts

Lauren Counts

Sr. Director of Strategy

Capital Impact Partners

Washington, DC

Robert Dowling

Robert Dowling

Executive Director

Community Home Trust

Carrboro, NC

Sandy Fernandez

Sandy Fernandez

Director, National Programs & Strategy, Office of Nonprofit Engagement

JP Morgan Chase & Co.

New York, NY

Diane Linn

Diane Linn

Executive Director

Proud Ground

Portland, OR

Mardie Oakes

Mardie Oakes

Executive Director

Hello Housing

San Francisco, CA

Tony Pickett

Tony Pickett

Vice President – Master Site Development

Urban Land Conservancy

Denver, CO

Melinda Pollack

Melinda Pollack

Vice President

Enterprise Community Partners

Denver, CO

Christopher Ptomey

Christopher Ptomey

Senior Director, Government Relations

Habitat for Humanity International

Washington, DC

Jaimie Ross

Jaimie Ross

President & CEO

Florida Housing Coalition

Tallahassee, FL

Tamar Shapiro

Tamar Shapiro

President & CEO

Center for Community Progress

Washington, DC

Brenda Torpy

Brenda Torpy

CEO

Champlain Housing Trust

Burlington, VT

Sarita Turner

Sarita Turner

Associate Director

PolicyLink

Oakland, CA

Jeff Yegian

Jeff Yegian

Housing Division Manager

City of Boulder

Boulder, CO

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Staff

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Melora Hiller

Melora Hiller

Executive Director

Melora Hiller has over 20 years of experience working in the world of affordable housing and has worked with numerous CLTs in the Northwest. Prior to becoming the Executive Director, she consulted with nonprofit organizations, foundations and local governments in areas related to organizational development, nonprofit capacity building,...


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Jenn Daly

Jenn Daly

Communications & Fundraising Coordinator

Jenn Daly has over 10 years of communications & fundraising experience in support of an assortment of value-based missions; primarily in the areas of affordable housing and education. She brings a passion for simplifying and communicating complex ideas through multiple channels and expanding funding streams to her role at the Network. Jenn...


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Jessica Grant

Jessica Grant

Member Services & Operations

Jessica joined the National CLT Network in the beginning of 2008, bringing with her over nine years experience in nonprofit administration. She previously lived in Berkeley, California, working as the Director of Operations for Global Routes. This innovative nonprofit specializes in experiential education in Africa, Asia, and Latin...


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Beth Sorce

Beth Sorce

Community & Capacity Building Manager

Beth Sorce brings over eight years of affordable housing and shared equity experience to the National CLT Network. She currently lives in Boulder, Colorado.  She earned her masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans and has worked as both an urban planner with GCR, Inc. and a Community Development...


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Emily Thaden

Emily Thaden

Research & Policy Development Manager

Emily Thaden joined the National CLT Network in December of 2011. Previously, Emily built and managed a new shared equity homeownership program called Our House at The Housing Fund (THF), a Community Development Financial Institution in Nashville, TN. During her two years at THF, funding for the program’s first 100 homes had been secured, the...


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Jason Webb

Jason Webb

Community & Capacity Building Associate

Jason Webb comes to the Network with 25 years of experience in community revitalization, specializing in housing development in his neighborhood of Roxbury in Boston.  He spent 15 years working for Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) and Network Member Dudley Neighbors Inc. (DNI), serving in several roles such as Director of Real...


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