Jeff Washburne has served as the Executive Director of the City of Lakes Community Land Trust since November of 2002 when he was hired as the first staff member for the organization with the goal of implementing the community vision of starting a Community Land Trust in Minneapolis. Jeff previously worked at Twin Cities Neighborhood Housing Services from 1997 – 2000 and 2001 – 2002, serving as the Executive Director the latter 2 years. Prior to his nonprofit housing experience, Jeff worked as a construction supervisor and trainer for a residential construction firm in South Korea, a YMCA Program Manager in New Mexico, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras. Jeff holds a B.S. in Psychology from DePauw University and an M.A. in Public Administration from Hamline University. In February 2014, Jeff completed the 18-month NeighborWorks® Achieving Excellence in Community Development Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. Jeff currently serves on the boards of the Harrison Neighborhood Association, Minneapolis Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD), Twin Cities Community Land Bank (TCCLB), and the Minnesota Community Land Trust Coalition (MNCLTC). Jeff and his family live in the Harrison Neighborhood of Minneapolis. Send Jeff Washburne a message >
Staci Horwitz, Operations Director
Staci Horwitz joined City of Lakes Community Land Trust in March of 2006 and serves as the Operations Director overseeing CLCLT’s day-to-day operations, property development initiatives, and grant-writing. Staci is also heavily involved in national and local conversations and community groups focusing on transit-oriented development (TOD) and commercial CLTs. Prior to her work with the CLCLT, Staci served as president of a small software technology firm, grant writing consultant, youth specialist, and medical sales consultant. Staci also has experience in nonprofit administration; program development, implementation and evaluation; small business financial management; contract management; computer network design and support; and facilitating workshops on financing, community land trust stewardship, and homeowner engagement. Outside of her work with the CLCLT, Staci has facilitated various workshops for NeighborWorks® America and the National CLT Network. Staci received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the College of St. Scholastica and lives in North Minneapolis. Contact Staci at 612.594.7148.
Jennifer Sturtz, Program Manager
Jennifer came on staff with the CLCLT in 2013 as the CLCLT’s Program Manager. In this role, Jennifer facilitates homebuyer education orientations and workshops, assists buyers through the application and closing process, and works with existing CLCLT homeowners with inquiries into refinancing and selling their properties. Jennifer is also responsible for the CLCLT’s marketing initiatives including the most-recent “This Home Is Not For Sale” booklet. Prior to working at CLCLT, Jennifer worked in the public sector in marketing and communications. Jennifer graduated with B.A.s in Religion and Elementary Education from Wartburg College in Iowa. Contact Jennifer at 612.594.7145.
Glennis Ter Wisscha joined the CLCLT in July 2015 through the merger with Neighborhood Housing Services of Minneapolis (NHSM). Prior to the merger, Glennis served over 20 years with NHSM in numerous capacities including Executive Director, Deputy Director, and Finance Manager. Prior to her work with NHSM, she worked with Twin Cities Neighborhood Housing Services with focuses on fundraising, finance, and public relations. Contact Glennis at 612.521.3581.
Karin Williamson joined the CLCLT in July 2015 through the merger with Neighborhood Housing Services of Minneapolis (NHSM), where she had worked for 12 years previously in accounting, lending, servicing and human resource (HR) capacities. Karin is a seasoned accountant with several years of experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Prior to working with CLCLT/NHSM, Karin oversaw office management and accounting activities in Virginia and Berlin, Germany. Karin received her B.A. in Accounting from the University of Maryland. Contact Karin at 612.594.7149.
Sheng Vang joined the CLCLT in 2016 as the Program Associate having worked in a volunteer capacity to assist the Operations Director since 2015. In her role as Program Associate, Sheng is responsible for front-desk responsibilities as well as office administration and management, and coordinating homeowner events and trainings. Sheng also utilizes her role as an existing CLCLT homeowner to advocate on behalf of the organization. Contact Sheng at 612.594.7154.