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.




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.




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.

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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.




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. 

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Creating Modern Villages Through Jewish Cohousing


Urban Moshav is a non-profit development partner for Jewish cohousing whose services include guided visioning, site search, group formation, project management and more. Now forming Berkeley Moshav 


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 – and


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.


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.

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Danny Milman: Nevada City, California


Project Manager

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.