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BRITTANY PALMER,
PRESIDENT

 

Brittany Palmer (she/her) is the Executive Director of the North Missoula Community Development Corporation in Missoula, Montana. She brings experience in managing the organization's community land trust portfolio and working in local food and sustainable agriculture, including for a farmer-owned cooperative, to her role at the NMCDC and as Board Vice President for the NWCLTC. As a renter who has personally experienced housing precarity, Brittany believes that housing is a human right and uses this passion to guide the NMCDC and advocate for an equitable community. Brittany has a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Cincinnati and an MS in Environmental Studies with a focus in Environmental Justice from the University of Montana where she researched and wrote about whiteness and settler colonialism at the National Bison Range in western Montana. 

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COURTNEY NAUMANN
VICE PRESIDENT

Courtney Naumann (she/her) is based in Bozeman, Montana representing Headwaters Community Housing Trust. On the shoulders of giants, she leads innovative operations for below-market home sales and directs homeowner stewardship, working to expand regional below-market housing opportunities. Prior to community land trust efforts, she held roles as a conservation district resource planner, planning consultant, and agricultural stewardship program manager across the Pacific Northwest. For four years, she participated in King County, WA's Conservation Futures Advisory Board and equity sub-committee to distribute more than $17 million annually towards open space protection. Courtney is rooted in values of intentionality and reciprocity, exploring the "why's" and "how's" of systems in place and challenging how they can be adapted to better serve.

DAVID ELLSWORTH-KELLER, SECRETARY

 

David works to provide affordable homeownership opportunities as the Director of the Homeownership Program at Kulshan Community Land Trust in Bellingham, Washington. He came to Kulshan CLT and the Northwest following 11 years working with the Champlain Housing Trust in Burlington, Vermont and one year with the Athens Land Trust in Athens, Georgia. There he became a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Certified Housing Counselor. He earned a Masters in Management with an emphasis in managing mission-driven organizations from Marlboro College in Vermont. He has helped homeowners and homebuyers navigate the process of the purchase and sale contract and closing on over 150 transactions.

Simon Windell,
TREASURER
deborah Hayden
Jerry Bustamante
Thom nees

Dom Merriweather
Miles nowlin
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JESSIE BAINES

 

Jessie  Baines is a dynamic community leader whose career began in a moment for social justice, the Thomas et. al. vs. the Puyallup School District class action civil rights lawsuit wherein he and his fellow classmates were subjected to racism and discrimination. Baines would go on to play an integral role in the establishment of the first Office of Diversity Affairs within a public school district in the United States, moving forward Brown vs Board of Education.

 

A graduate of WSU, Baines represents equality and opportunity in his work. He is the owner of HULK Construction, a Tacoma-based general contracting firm where he oversees business development and client relations.

In 2020, Mr. Baines established the Pierce County Land Trust which is building its first 12 unit development. 

Becca Gobeille
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