Integration Update: Welcoming Our New Board and Reflecting on 2015

by Rachel Silver & Melora Hiller

Next month, Cornerstone Partnership and the National Community Land Trust Network will be one fully integrated organization, with a new Board of Directors composed of practitioners, allies, and other key stakeholders who will help launch and guide the organization over the coming years.

We are pleased to announce and welcome our new Board members:

  • Maria Benjamin, City of San Francisco
  • Robert Burns, City First Homes
  • Robert Dowling, Community Home Trust
  • Sandy Fernandez, JP Morgan Chase
  • Diane Linn, Proud Ground
  • Mardie Oakes, Hello Housing
  • Tony Pickett, Urban Land Conservancy
  • Melinda Pollack, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Christopher Ptomey, Habitat for Humanity International
  • Jaimie Ross, Florida Housing Coalition
  • Tamar Shapiro, Center for Community Progress
  • Terry Simonette, Capital Impact Partners
  • Brenda Torpy, Champlain Housing Trust
  • Sarita Turner, PolicyLink
  • Jeff Yegian, City of Boulder

As we look back on 2015 and celebrate our major accomplishments, we realize how strong and deep the partnership between Cornerstone and the Network has been. Many of our successes this year were accomplished as a joint effort. These accomplishments include the publication of Stewardship Standards for Homeownership Programs as well as the Inclusionary Housing Policy Focus Report. They include important research on the prevalence of inclusionary housing programs around the country as well as the development of an interactive online dashboard to present data from and show the social impact of shared equity programs who are participating in the HomeKeeper Hub. Together, we have also completed an online video series on affordable pricing and resale formulas and facilitated access to mortgage financing for community land trusts and other deed restricted homes. The list goes on, and as we look forward to an exciting inaugural year, we can’t help but think, “If we did this much as partners, how much more can we do as one team!”

Somewhere in the world, things might slow down for the holidays and the last month of the year, but in the world of creating safe and affordable homes for people, or furthering strong and impactful housing policy, the work never lets up. We want to thank all of our members and partners for the important work that you do and wish you and yours happy holidays.

Best wishes for 2016!

Rachel Silver

As Director of Cornerstone Partnership, Rachel Silver brings more than 15 years of experience working with public and private agencies to create new affordable housing opportunities, with a focus on innovative ownership models, buyer selection and education, and post-purchase stewardship. She received her BA degree from Williams College in Massachusetts and her MA in City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley.

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