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Board of Directors and Staff

Board of Directors and Staff

Staff

Jim Oldham, Executive Director, joined Equity Trust in 2010, bringing with him close to twenty years experience working for social and environmental justice nationally and internationally. Jim is the founder of Las Lianas Resource Center, a bi-national US/Ecuadorian non-profit organization that partners with indigenous peoples for collective rights, environmental protection, sustainable development, and cultural autonomy. Jim was executive director of Las Lianas from 2003 through 2009. Prior to that, he directed Las Lianas’ predecessor, the Amazon Program of ISIS at Hampshire College. Between 2006 and 2008, Jim also worked with inner city communities in Worcester, Massachusetts, as the environmental justice coordinator for the Regional Environmental Council. His got his start in non-profit organizations as a community organizer and then director of a small food bank in Seattle.

Rebecca Fletcher photoRebecca Fletcher, Project Manager, Farms for Farmers Program, has been with Equity Trust since 2005. Rebecca provides counseling, technical consulting services, and education to individuals and groups across the U.S. including farmers, land trusts municipalities, community groups and others using shared equity models of ownership for housing and farms. She also provides support for the Equity Trust Loan Fund, and works with the loan fund’s lenders, borrowers, and applicants. Rebecca lives in Florence, MA.

Rob Crowner, Loan Fund Manager joined Equity Trust in the spring of 2012.  He manages the Equity Trust Fund, working with lenders and borrowers, and also keeps our financial systems running, tracking budgets and overseeing our books. A graduate of Amherst College, Rob lives in Amherst, MA where he serves on the Planning Board. Rob is also a staff person with the Holyoke Community Land Trust and previously managed the Hampshire College Bookstore.  He likes to ride his bike in the hills and back roads of the Pioneer Valley.

JoAugust2012Johanna Rosen, Program Associate, joined Equity Trust in 2013 to help develop a program to address land tenure issues facing urban agriculture and support the Farms for Farmers program. Jo also works part-time as the Community Organizer and Communications Coordinator for Food Solutions New England. Jo has over 15 years of farming experience and returned to the Pioneer Valley after 11 years in Philadelphia, where she co-founded and was Director of the Mill Creek Farm, a non-profit educational urban farm. Jo is a senior fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program, and has served on the board of Grow Food Northampton, the Mayor’s Food Policy Advisory Council in Philadelphia, the Mariposa Food Co-op board, as well as other boards. She received a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania with a Certificate in Land Preservation.

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David Abromowitz has been on the Equity Trust board since 1994, and has served on the Equity Trust Fund committee even longer. David is a lawyer at Goulston & Storrs in Boston, and the Chief Public Policy Officer at YouthBuild USA. David helped create the model ground lease in wide use among community land trusts. As a lawyer David is nationally known for his expertise in many areas of affordable housing and economic development. In his work at YouthBuild he advocates for opening doors and opportunities to low income 16-24 year olds who did not finish high school and are not regularly employed.

Jody Bolluyt  is a biodynamic farmer in the Hudson Valley. Together with her husband Jean-Paul Courtens, Jody runs Roxbury Farm, one of the largest CSA farms in the country. Jody grew up in rural Iowa working for large-scale corn and soybean growers during summer vacations. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in biology and botany. In 2000, working with Equity Trust, Roxbury Farm secured long-term land tenure on 150 acres of land to which Jody and Jean-Paul hold a lifetime lease. Through the help of Equity Trust, Roxbury Farm CSA members, and Open Space Institute, Roxbury is now a protected farm, one of the first to make a new kind of land tenure work, and it is becoming a model for other small farms around the country.

Madeline Cantwell is Managing Director at Orion magazine. Before joining Orion, Madeline worked as a fundraiser for NEPR in Amherst, Massachusetts and for several small nonprofits in midcoast Maine. She has a background in sustainable development, food security, and ecofeminism and has been an active volunteer at the Common Ground Country Fair for many years.

 

Russ Fox is Faculty Emeritus (Planning and Community Development) of The Evergreen State College, and has a long history of public service in a wide variety of governmental and nonprofit community development initiatives in the state of Washington. He is a founding director of South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust (SSCFLT), dedicated to preserving farmland in areas south of Puget Sound and to keeping it farmed forever.

Monica McGloin is a long-time board member, who also served on the ICE board. Monica works with Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center in Cincinnati, and has been involved with numerous local and national organizing efforts over the years, including the Cincinnati Cooperative Land Trust. A member of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, she has been one of the key players in ETI’s religious lands efforts, a program aimed at helping religious orders think through ways they can deal with the large amounts of property owned by religious groups.

Mary O’Hara, Vice President, is one of seven partners at Burlington Associates in Community Development LLC, a national consulting cooperative. She has 27 years of experience in the field of community development lending and community reinvestment, and has served in leadership positions at the Massachusetts Urban Reinvestment Advisory Group, Boston Community Capital, and the Institute for Community Economics. Mary is currently working with two leading cooperative financing and development non-profits – ROC USA™, a national social enterprise developing and financing resident-owned manufactured home communities (“mobile home park” cooperatives), and the Cooperative Fund of New England, a regional CDFI that finances consumer, housing, agriculture, and worker cooperatives, including CLTs and CSAs.

Scott Reed, Board President, has worked on land tenure issues in Western Massachusetts for more than thirty five years as a member and director of the Valley Community Land Trust and one of the founders of the Greenfield Area Community Land Trust (now the Pioneer Cooperative of Franklin County). He is a software engineer, green jobs trainer, and retired organic CSA farmer.

Dan Rosenberg photo1Dan Rosenberg is a social entrepreneur and food system activist based in western Massachusetts.  He is founder and general manager of Real Pickles, an organic food manufacturing company producing naturally fermented pickles from Northeast-grown ingredients.  In 2013, Dan oversaw the conversion of Real Pickles to a worker-owned cooperative using an innovative community financing model.  Dan is also active with Slow Money, serving as a steering committee member for the Pioneer Valley chapter.