500 Communities graduates who have entered a collaborative working relationship with CoHousing Solutions
MEGAN SHEA: Berkeley, CA
Using Co-op Strategies to Re-imagine Urban Cohousing
Megan is a long-time coop member, with a substantial background in affordable housing through her at Habitat for Humanity. She’s a Senior Program Manager with Net Impact, an organization that builds resources and support for young people to use their careers to create social and environmental impact.
DARRYL BERLIN: Sebastopol, CA
Developing Cohousing Through Community Land Trusts
Darryl has practiced the art of natural building for over 20 years. Through his work as a builder, design consultant, community member and educator, Darryl is able to merge his passions for fine craft, ecological stewardship, relationship to place and social justice, all while getting in the mud and building homes.
JOHN CAYE: Novato, CA
Building Momentum for Cohousing in Marin
John is the burning soul behind North Bay Cohousing. His background is in Architecture and Construction Management, but his career evolved into project management, and working with teams. John’s first project is Novato Cohousing Now, located in Marin County, CA.
SHELLY PARKS: Edmonds, WA
Recruiting Cohousing Members
Shelly brings to cohousing a unique set of valuable skills in Sales and Marketing. Her background was leading marketing teams in the Continuing Care Retirement Communities and in 2017 she left that career and founded CoVision Consulting. She now supports cohousing groups in recruiting their members. Shelly is also a member of Skagit Commons, a cohousing community in Anacortes, WA. To learn more about Shelly, visit her website here: CoVision Consulting.
AMY KARATZ: Chicago, IL
Launching Urban Cohousing to Soften City Lif
500 Communities comes at a perfect time as Amy prepares to launch the first cohousing in Illinois. She hopes to facilitate the development of both intergenerational and senior communities. Chicago is a city of apartments, and she hope to turn some of the smaller buildings into cohousing.
URBAN MOSHAV: Berkeley, CA
Creating Modern Villages Through Jewish Cohousing
LEW BOWERS: Portland, OR
Creating Community in Portland
Lew worked with the City of Eugene, Oregon as the head of Community Development for 15 years and his final formal stint was to manage the Central City for the Portland Development Commission for the last 14 years from which he “retired” several years ago. Lew’s goal is to help create other cohousing communities in the Portland area.
Sarah Arthurs: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Making Connections So Cohousing Happens!
Sarah is a member of Prairie Sky Cohousing Co-operative in Calgary . The goodness of her experience at PS and the lure of a perfect property right next door has steered her into transforming her enthusiasm for authentic community, into cohousing development. She is excited about developing a replicable model for cohousing in Calgary. She brings to this strong skills in community development, groups process and communication. Learn more visit Cohousing Connections.
Christine Clements: Boston, Massachusetts
Sustainable Cohousing in New England
Christine is an architect with over ten years construction project management experience. She’s an equity member of Bay State Commons Cohousing, a group currently pursuing approval to build an urban community in Malden, MA. Her goal is to help more cohousing communities get built in New England, to connect the existing communities for mutual benefit, and to find the elusive balance between affordability and environmental sustainability.
Lynn Gaffney: Brooklyn, New York
Helping you bring neighborhoods home.
Lynn is a registered architect and her firm focuses on single-family residential, hospitality, service projects with nonprofit organizations. Lynn’s interest in intentional housing has led her to form Cohousing Opportunities Group, an entity initiating and supporting new cohousing neighborhoods in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. See Lynn’s websites here – www.lynngaffney.com and www.cohousing.group.
David Kelley: Houston, Texas
Developing Cohousing in Texas
David has a background in commercial real estate and finance. His goal is to help bring cohousing to Texas and is currently a part of a group in Houston that is in the process of formation. www.cohousinghouston.com
Eugenie Stockmann: Perth, Western Australia
Building Strong Communities through co-operative living.
In her role as CEO of Co-operation Housing, a community housing provider, Eugenie focuses on the co-operative model to achieve affordable community living. Co-operation Housing is the umbrella organisation for housing co-operatives in Western Australia. Members are existing housing co-ops, several of which were developed following cohousing principles. She completed a couple of multi-award-winning residential infill projects with The Green Swing.
Desireé Kameka: Elizabeth, Colorado
Developing a Neurodiverse Cohousing Movement
Project Leader of the Autism Housing Network, a hub of housing information for neurodiverse populations, Desireé is a recognized disability housing expert. Her goal is helping local communities design cohousing inspired by people with autism, Down syndrome, Williams syndrome, and/or other developmental disabilities or cognitive differences.
Danny Milman: Nevada City, California
Danny wrangles construction projects from site selection to completion. Past projects include several cohousing communities along with grocery stores, industrial clean rooms, hotels, high end office suites, historic retrofits and retail centers.