Who We Are

Our Mission: The National Community Land Trust Network provides research, advocacy, education, and support for its member organizations that nurture and sustain healthy and economically diverse communities by providing permanently affordable access to land, homes, and community assets.

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 housing and to increase the knowledge and skills of experienced practitioners.

The National Community Land Trust Network (the Network) was incorporated in 2006 to provide support and leadership for CLTs around the country. Today the Network also welcomes other organizations that offer...


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Board of Directors

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Brenda Torpy

Brenda Torpy

President

Brenda Torpy is the CEO at Champlain Housing Trust and has 34 years experience in the affordable housing field starting with rural community development and affordable housing advocacy in northern Vermont.

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Jesse Beason

Jesse Beason

Vice President

Jesse Beason lives in Portland, Oregon and serves as the Director of Public Affairs for the Northwest Health Foundation. Prior to this, Jesse served as the Executive Director of Proud Ground until June of 2013. Jesse joined the Proud Ground staff in 2008 after serving for three years as Vice Chair, Interim Chair and member of Proud Ground’s...


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Dave Brown

Dave Brown

Dave Brown is the Executive Director of the National NeighborWorks Association. NNA unites housing and community development practitioners to advocate for affordable housing and economic opportunities for individuals, families, communities and neighborhoods across the country. Mr. Brown has served in the Executive Director role since 2005....


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Connie Chavez

Connie Chavez

Connie Chavez has over 15 years experience in administrative management for non-profit organizations. Connie was with Sawmill Community Land Trust in Albuquerque for 10 years, until the spring of 2013, where she was appointed Associate Director in 2004 and Executive Director in October, 2005. She was the Portfolio Manager/Information...


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Robert Dowling

Robert Dowling

Robert began his working career as a high school teacher and basketball coach before moving into banking in New York City. While employed at Chase Manhattan Bank and Irving Trust Company, Robert completed an MBA in finance at NYU in 1986. Robert worked in the retail branches for Citibank in the early 1990’s before moving to Carrboro in 1994....


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Anthony Jones

Anthony Jones

Anthony Jones, artist, teacher, quiltmaker, community builder, and social entrepreneur. Currently serving as CEO of Bright Community Trust. Executive board member of Florida Community Loan Fund and former Vice President of Florida Housing Coalition and Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless. Retired Director of Pinellas County Community...


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Cheryl Key

Cheryl Key

Treasurer

Cheryl Key, First Homes Properties, has been involved with providing affordable housing for low-to-moderate income households since 1989. Her career in housing started with the Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority where she served in a variety of positions and worked with several housing programs and housing...


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Scott Loomis

Scott Loomis

Scott Loomis has been executive director of Mountainlands Community Housing Trust (MCHT), a non-profit organization located in Park City Utah since 2001. Prior to that he practiced law in Tucson, Arizona for more than 20 years. MCHT has a mission to create, preserve and advocate for affordable housing in Summit And Wasatch Counties Utah. Since...


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Selina Mack

Selina Mack

Selina Mack currently serves as the Executive Director of Durham Community Land Trustees, Inc. (DCLT) located in Durham, North Carolina. Selina joined DCLT in 1996, and has been a strong advocate for community stabilization, community organizing and ensuring access to affordable housing in Durham’s inner-city neighborhoods. She was...


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Marge Misak

Marge Misak

Marge Misak is the Land Trust Program Director at Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland in Ohio, which was established in Fall 2011 as a result of a merger with the Community Land Trust of Greater Cleveland. Marge was a member of the Advisory Board of the National CLT Network’s CLT Academy from 2009-2012 and was chair of the...


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Christopher Ptomey

Christopher Ptomey

Focusing on US government relations and housing policy, Christopher Ptomey, Habitat for Humanity International’s director of government relations, has been with the organization since 2006. Before joining Habitat, Christopher served as federal liaison for the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs and, previously, as senior...


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Emily Seibel

Emily Seibel

Emily Seibel lives in the Village of Yellow Springs, Ohio and serves as Executive Director of Yellow Springs Home, Inc., a Community Land Trust dedicated to strengthening community and diversity through permanently affordable, sustainable housing. Emily joined the agency’s staff in 2009 as Program Manager, developing stewardship programming,...


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Norma Valdez

Norma Valdez

Norma Valdez lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and currently serves as the Community Development Director of The Loan Fund. Norma joined The Loan Fund staff in 1996 after working for Bank of America in various positions including branch manager, sales manager and Neighborhood Development Officer. Norma has served on various non-profit boards in...


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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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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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Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson

Communications and Fundraising Coordinator

Elizabeth (Lisa) Johnson brings six years of nonprofit communications and administration to the National Community Land Trust Network.  Coming most recently from Puget Sound Blood Center, Lisa has previously designed communications for CommonBond Communities, Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington County and the Chimacum Corner...


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Mark Perlman

Mark Perlman

Research & Policy Associate

Mark Perlman joined the National Community Land Trust Network in August 2014. He has experience working with local governments in the Washington, D.C. area on various housing issues, including working with Montgomery County, Maryland’s Moderately Priced Dwelling Unit program to determine whether its 30-year affordability period had a negative...


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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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