Get to Know Us
Jeff Washburne has served as the Executive Director of the CLCLT since November of 2002. He previously worked at Twin Cities Neighborhood Housing Services from 1997 - 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.
He serves on the boards at NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, Minneapolis Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD), Land Bank Twin Cities (LBTC), Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin (CAPHC), and the MN Community Land Trust Coalition (MNCLTC).
Jeff graduated from DePauw University (BA) and has an MA in Public Administration from Hamline University. He lives in South Minneapolis.
Property Development Manager
Jake joined the CLCLT as Property Development Manager in February 2021. In his role, Jake manages the post-purchase rehab offered through the CLCLT's Homebuyer Initiated Program (HIP) and acts as a resource for existing CLCLT homeowners regarding home maintenance.
Prior to the CLCLT, Jake served as President of a real estate consulting firm specializing in telecom infrastructure development. He has 20 years of experience in multi-site development including property due diligence, contract negotiation, entitlements (zoning, permitting, and other approvals), and management of architectural, engineering, and environmental services. In 2019-20, Jake spent four months volunteering in Northern Thailand with a non-profit working to improve the lives of disadvantaged Hilltribe children.
Jake received his Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and obtained his MBA from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Jake lives in Minneapolis and serves on the Board of Directors for Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association (SENA).
2020 and oversees office administration including front desk duties and application intake, and supports other CLCLT staff. Prior to coming to the CLCLT, Char worked for a nonprofit and has a strong business administration background in the surgical medical field.
Char received her BA in Business Administration from Metropolitan State University – St. Paul, and minors in Entrepreneurship and Organizational Communications. Char was born and raised in the Minneapolis area.
Staci Horwitz joined the CLCLT in March of 2006 and serves currently as the Operations Director overseeing homeownership programming as well as the organization's property development projects.
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 Grounded Solutions Network. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dietetics from the College of St. Scholastica and lives in North Minneapolis.
Sheng joined the CLCLT in 2016 as the Program Associate after having worked in a volunteer capacity to assist the Operations Director since 2015.
In her role as Engagement Coordinator, Sheng is responsible for coordinating homeowner events and training.
Sheng also utilizes her role as an existing CLCLT homeowner to advocate on behalf of the organization. Sheng lives with her family in North Minneapolis.
As of January 2020, Mollie Mosman joined the CLCLT as the full-time Financial Manager. Prior to making this shift, Mollie served as the consultant financial manager for the CLCLT since 2010. She also provides or has provided services to Juxtaposition Arts, Native American Community Development Initiative, and the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center. Initially working for the CLCLT approximately 5 hours a week, Mollie is now full-time with the CLCLT. Mollie in lives North Minneapolis.
Osborne has worked with the CLCLT since 2011 in his leadership role for 1st Home Network, a nonprofit organization focused on homebuyer education and counseling, and in 2016, Osborne became the Broker of CLCLT’s real estate subsidiary, City of Lakes Community Realty, LLC (CLCR).
Osborne’s other professional experiences include practicing law in Wisconsin, Director of Public Policy for Wisconsin Catholic Hospital Association (Madison, WI), Vice President in Charge of Strategic Planning and Hospital and Nursing Home Acquisitions for the Benedictine Health System (Duluth, MN), Vice President in Regional Services Division for Allina Health Systems (Minneapolis, MN) and Vice President for Human Resources and Business Development for the St. Francis Regional Medical Center (Shakopee, MN)
Osborne has a BS in Psychology from the University of Texas-Austin, an MA in Business/Hospital Administration from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a JD degree in law from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Osborne currently serves on the Board of Directors of Model Cities of St. Paul, a community development and social service non-profit agency in Saint Paul, MN.
Jackline is the Executive Board President with the Ostara Initiative. Prior, she worked with Optum and she worked for three years with United Heath Care. She worked from 2006 thru 2012 with the MN Adoption Resource Network as well as worked as a part-time Doula with Everyday Miracles. Jackline attended classes from the University of San Diego and Metropolitan State University and graduated with a degree in Ethnic Studies. In addition to serving on the CLCLT Board since 2016, she serves as the CLCLT Homeowner’s Committee Chair, and she also has served as a national Grounded Solutions Network (formerly National CLT Network) Homeowner Ambassador. She purchased her home in 2009 and lives in North Minneapolis with her two children.
Christina Jennings is the Executive Director of Shared Capital Cooperative, a national CDFI loan fund (formerly known as Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund) specialized in financing cooperatively owned businesses and housing. Christina joined Shared Capital in 2008 where she provides strategic leadership, oversees lending programs, and leads capitalization efforts. Christina has served on the boards of directors for numerous community development and social justice organizations. Since 2008, she has served on the finance committee of the City of Lakes Community Land Trust. In addition, Christina currently serves on the board of the Cooperative Development Foundation and on the finance committee of Latino Economic Development Center.
David is the Vice President of Development for McGough Companies since early 2017. He worked for Roers Investments from 2014-2016. Prior to his work with Roers, David has held several development and real estate positions including work with Business Technology Partners and DLA Piper. David worked as Counsel and Special Assistant to the Director at the Boston Redevelopment Authority. David has a BA from Colby College and a Law Degree from the University of Maine. David has served on the CLCLT Board and Project Development Committee since 2012. David lives in Minneapolis.
Taylor Cooper is a Project Manager at Seward Redesign in Minneapolis. Prior to her service there, she worked for the Excelsior Group and at THOR Development. In those capacities, she focused on growing external partners, leveraging her background in architecture, and commercial banking operations. Her passion is urban real estate development that not only satieties investors, but truly uplifts end users from all walks of life. When she isn’t hanging out with her finance James and new kitten Percy, she is an avid Equestrian, amateur seamstress and budding cinephile.
Alicia D. Smith is an experienced executive and community leader with over a decade in mid to high level positions in the nonprofit and private sectors. She is a youth development expert and dedicated community leader. She is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Corcoran Neighborhood in South Minneapolis. She previously held multiple leadership positions at the YMCA of Greater Twin Cities and her own consulting firm Crowns & Thrones LLC. As a lifelong community builder, she knows she is blessed to be able to talk to people face-to-face about their passion as well as work with other motivated community members. She is a believer in a strong work ethic, displaying elegance in execution and collaboration in performance. She spent her early years being the oldest child of a single mom, excelling in school and athletics. She has always pushed the points of excellence and achievement which became the foundation from which to go forth in the world. Thus, college was followed by graduate school, followed by AmeriCorps and the continual pursuit of new ideas and learning best practices. She’s made a name for herself by constantly making connections between issues that impact our communities and the quality of life in our communities. Alicia is a mom of two young sons and lives in South Minneapolis.
Kristi is an Assistant Real Estate Controller with CB Richard Ellis. Prior, Kristi worked as and Accounting Supervisor and has been with CB Richard Ellis since 2005. She works for or volunteers for a few initiatives in the Twin Cities. Kristi has served on the CLCLT Finance Committee since early 2011. She and her two daughters live in South Minneapolis. Kristi has served on the CLCLT Board since 2012.
Michael is the Senior Vice President of Minnesota Retail Lending for TCF Bank. Michael has worked in various capacities within the banking sector for the past 30 years. His banking career has included work at ITT Finance, St. Anthony Bank, Firstar, and Bremer Bank prior to joining TCF Bank. His is a 2010 graduate of the American Bankers Association Stonier National Graduate School of Banking. He graduated from Augsburg College. Michael served on the Neighborhood Housing Services of Minneapolis Board of Directors since 2007.
Minkara Tezet, the Griot of Psychology and Psychiatry. He is a Community Fellow and a faculty member of the Cultural Wellness Center. He acknowledges that he is a Student of Khepra and is studying to becoming a teacher as a Candidate for the Certificate of Khepra Ankh. Minkara’s Community Fellowship focuses on cultural calling, the work, and aptitude, and an instinctual knowing. Minkara’s cultural calling and instinctual knowing have been developed and matured through his study of the African System of Thought and Cultural Self-study. As a facilitator, guide, and instructor Minkara creates spaces for Maps to Wellness; Cultural Self- Study, Transformational Leadership Coaching; Cultural Consultation; Community Truth Telling Healing Rituals and Ceremonies; Rites of Passages Classes; Curriculum Development for boys and men of African Heritage; and hosts a culturally specific writing collective called Tree Space. Minkara believes what makes us human are our connections to our family and our engagements with the community. He has learned, being people together will teach everyone how to become humane to ourselves and the planet. Minkara is deeply connected in Minneapolis and lives in North Minneapolis.
At- Large Member
Lu Hang is a Loan Officer and Financial Specialist with Propel Nonprofit in Minneapolis. Prior to starting his work with Propel in 2013, he served in various capacities over the past 20 years in the Twin Cities, including: Loan Officer with First Children’s Finance; the Executive Director of the Minnesota Hmong Chamber of Commerce; the Vice President of Commercial Banking with Western Bank; Loan Officer/Business Advisor with Neighborhood Development Center; and General Manager with Project for Pride in Living. He has both a Bachelor and MBA degrees from Saginaw State University. Lu has served on numerous boards and committees over the years. He and his family live in Woodbury.
Although Nataly was born in sunny Los Angeles, she has called the Twin Cities "home" since 2003. Nataly graduated from the University of St. Thomas, receiving a Bachelor's degree in Communication and Journalism. Immediately afterward, Nataly immersed herself in the Real Estate world by joining Neighborhood Development Alliance (NeDA). Within her former role as a Home Purchase Counselor at NeDA, Nataly provided her clients with a tailored plan to help them achieve their first home purchase! Nataly is now a licensed, Real Estate Professional. She brings energy, integrity, and expertise to every Real Estate transaction. She has extensive knowledge of the home buying process and first-time homebuyer programs. Nataly loves establishing relationships and helping clients achieve their Real Estate goals. One of Nataly's most rewarding activities is teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to adult learners at the Minnesota Literacy Council.
Peggy Moore is a Senior Community Health Worker (CHW) Living & Aging Well Department at NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, Inc. in North Minneapolis. Since beginning this work at Northpoint in 2011, she also served in the capacity of a LifeCourse Care Guide for part of her tenure. Peggy studied at both Summit Academy and later at the Minnesota School of Business. She is connected at multiple levels throughout Minneapolis and purchased her home in North Minneapolis through the CLCLT several years ago.
Libby is the Policy Manager at Minnesota Housing Partnership (MHP). Before joining MHP, Libby was nominated and won an Upper Midwest Regional Emmy for her contributions to Twin Cities Public Television's The Past Is Alive Within Us: The U.S. Dakota Conflict documentary. She previously was an Organizing Fellow for Organizing for America - President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign. Libby is a volunteer with the Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross and various food justice organizations. In addition to working to secure resources to develop affordable housing, Libby understands firsthand the need for affordable housing, especially for disabled adults and families with disabled members.
Ralph Pace, Executive Vice President and Central Region Manager for U.S. Bank Commercial Real Estate since February 2018. Pace is responsible for the Minneapolis, Wisconsin, Chicago, Denver, Missouri and Texas Commercial Real Estate offices. Prior to the current Regional Manager assignment, Pace was the Region Manager for the Denver, Salt Lake City, Portland and Seattle Commercial Real Estate offices beginning in October 2014. With the Commercial Real Estate group at U.S. Bank since 2008, Pace and his family currently reside in Minneapolis with his new role as CRE Central Region Manager position after 10 years in Denver, Colorado. Prior to joining U.S. Bank in 2008, Pace spent 13 years specializing in Commercial Real Estate Banking in New Orleans, Louisiana. He began his career in banking in 1993 at First Commerce Bank in New Orleans and later joined Hibernia Bank. In 2000, he joined AmSouth Bank as CRE Regional Sales Manager responsible for the Gulf South Region. Prior to moving to the Twin Cities he has served as a board member for the Downtown Denver Partnership and Metro Denver Habitat for Humanity.
Andrea Reese, a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, is the Director of Programs & Lending with Bii Gii Wiin Community Development Loan Fund, a Native non-profit providing training and access to capital since 2012. Andrea began her journey with Bii Gii Wiin CDLF in 2012 when she was a single mother utilizing the work experience (WEX) program through the Mille Lacs Band Department of Labor. Andrea has consistently demonstrated an incredible work ethic and her vested interest in serving the community. Andrea spent her childhood years growing up in Onigum, MN on the Leech Lake Reservation. She credits her sense of community and values to youth program opportunities, community elders, aunts, uncles, and her mother. When she’s not in the office she is shuffling her three children to and from various sports, youth programs, and community events.
Matthew Sargent is the Senior Vice President at Fifth Third Bank. Prior he was the Senior Vice President and Industry Manager of the Title and Escrow Division of U.S. Bank and a member of the Red Sky Risk Services, LLC Board of Managers. Mr. Sargent is responsible for the Title Industry Depository, Treasury Management, and Lending Relationships across the country. Prior to joining the bank in 2007, Mr. Sargent was Vice President of Financial Institutions at Union Bank of California, Vice President Institutional Sales for E.J. De La Rosa & Co., and Municipal Bond Associate for Norwest Investment Services, Inc. Mr. Sargent and his wife Jodi reside in the Twin Cities and have two children. They are active volunteers with Providence Academy, St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church, Wayzata Youth Hockey Association, Hamel Baseball, Wayzata Youth Football, Cub Scouts, and National Night Out.