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IT'S TIME TO VOTE: NWCLTC Board Elections 2022

Voting members of the Northwest Community Land Trust Coalition are asked to vote regarding incumbent members standing for re-election and new candidates.

Current Board

The current board consists of Marney McCleary, President; Dean Fearing Vice President; Amy Warren, Treasurer; and Kathleen Hosfeld, Secretary; Danica Ready, Kim Toskey, Mim McConnell and Nils Peterson.

Board members who are continuing their terms include Kathleen Hosfeld, Mim McConnell and Amy Warren. Bios Here

We Thank Board Members Who Are Stepping Down

Danica Ready and Dean Fearing are stepping down at the end of their terms and are not seeking re-election.

Board Members Standing For Re-Election

Maren McCleary, Kim Toskey and Nils Peterson are seeking re-election. Bios Here

Candidates Nominated to Serve for the First Time

Alma Barraza (Portland, OR)

Alma Barraza is the fund development manager at Proud Ground, Portland, OR. A dedicated bilingual Spanish professional with over 15 years of fundraising and volunteer experience. Alma graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a BS in Business Administration. After owning a small business, Alma recognized that her passions more closely aligned with nonprofit work and decided that she would be more fulfilled serving in the realm of nonprofits. Alma moved to Portland in 2020. Subsequently, she found herself fascinated by the work that Proud Ground has done over the last 20 years and realized that her passions can correspond with her career. After experiencing life in both Mexico and the United States, Alma has been able to recognize that a community can only thrive with equitable access to health services, food security, and housing. She is dedicated to helping break down barriers that are barring people from achieving the life they deserve and the dream of homeownership.

Tyrone Brown (Olympia, WA)

Tyrone Brown (he/him) is a Statewide Organizer for Tenants Union of Washington and the newest board member of Thurston County Land Trust. Tyrone has devoted his life to advocate for better protections for tenants, making housing equitable and accessible, in addition to educating the community on their rights. With many years of experience working in housing justice, organizing and policy work alongside his lived experience dealing with housing insecurities a majority of his life, he brings his passion and many skills to his work. Tyrone leads many efforts to deepen equitable practices within organizations, community, policy and any other place BIPOC have historically been excluded from the table. One of the many efforts was founding a Black Leadership Organization called BLAST, in Thurston Co. He recently ran for city council, is a a creative entrepreneur and father.

David Ellsworth-Keller (Bellingham, WA)

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.

Brittany Palmer (Missoula, MT)

Brittany Palmer (she/her) joined the North Missoula Community Development Corporation as the Land Stewardship Program Manager in 2020 after many years working in local food and sustainable agriculture. In her role with the NMCDC, Brittany stewards the organization's 54 community land trust homes, builds relationships and community among homeowners, and works collaboratively with community partners to grow the NMCDC's trust of permanently affordable homes. Originally from southern Ohio, and after spending time in Nevada and California, Brittany came to Missoula in 2016 to complete an MS degree in Environmental Studies where she researched and wrote about whiteness and settler colonialism at the National Bison Range in western Montana.

Chinmayo Ricketts (San Juan Island, WA)

Chinmayo Ricketts is a homeowner with and Board member of the San Juan County Home Trust. She purchased a home in the trust’s Sunrise Neighborhood in 2012. She joined the Board in 2022. With the Board she works to create ‘forever affordable’ housing in San Juan County. She brings understanding of the critical needs for all working class heroes to have affordable stability in their housing.

Through a grant from CCHD she was part of the group that traveled to the NWCLT regional conference in Montana. She later was nominated and accepted into the first Ambassador Program with Grounded Solutions, traveling to Washington DC in 2015 to advocate for assistance and funding for affordable housing. She has attended and spoken at many CLT conferences across the US.

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