Board of Director meetings are being held virtually due to the pandemic. All MCLT members have the right to attend. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get a virtual meeting invite. Meetings are held at 6pm on the 4th Tuesday of most months. Agendas are posted here.
About the Board of Directors
Directors serve 3-year terms. After each election, the board of directors choose 4 officers (president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer) to serve a 1-year term. Contact the president if there is an issue you think the board needs to consider (the president makes all the agendas). Contact the vice president for questions about democratic process (eg, the president won’t put something on the agenda you think needs to be considered). Contact the secretary to nominate someone or with concerns about membership or records. Inquiries about caucuses should go to info@MilwaukeeCLT.org and everything else to chris@MilwaukeeCLT.org
Directors and officers can be elected to two consecutive terms; they can be reelected to a third term after a 1-year gap.
Current board of directors
Rusty Borkin | President
First term expires 2023
Rusty has a great deal of experience in the private, public and nonprofit sectors including small businesses, labor unions, City of Milwaukee, large corporations and community-based organizations. Most recently he was a community organizer for Common Ground, an outreach specialist for Milwaukee JobsWork, and is now as a community wealth building consultant for Walnut Way Conservation Corp.
Bill Kopka | Secretary
Second term expires 2024
Bill is a Community Accountability Officer at Associated Bank. He has extensive experience supporting lending for affordable homeownership opportunities, including Habitat for Humanity. For 8 years, he led a team that underwrote mortgages for Community Land Trust loans.
Dana Williamson | Treasurer
First term expires 2023
Dana is an entrepreneur and past chairperson of the Amani United Housing and Economic Development.
Second term expires 2022
Walter’s career in construction and architecture spans 50 years. He is a retired Milwaukee County Architect, where he oversaw the maintenance and construction of over 800 buildings of various sizes and types. He holds or has held professional licenses in five states and is one of the few Wisconsin-based Fellows in the American Institute of Architects bearing the title, FAIA. He is also a member of the National Organization of Minority Architects.
First term expires 2024
Bethany directs the Fair Lending Program at the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council. Bethany has 40 years of experience working in the nonprofit housing and community development sector in California and Wisconsin. She is the Immediate Past Chair and remains an active participant on the Board of Directors of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. She was a member of its Community Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board. She helped create and is an involved leader in Milwaukee’s homeownership consortium called Take Root Milwaukee, convenes the Milwaukee CRA Caucus, is a member of the United Way’s Public Policy Committee and the Milwaukee COVID Recovery Committee’s Economic Response Team, and participates in the FDIC’s Alliance for Economic Inclusion, the Milwaukee Latino Health Coalition, MKE United, Reclaiming our Neighborhoods, and Bank On Milwaukee.
First term expires 2024
Teresa’s work includes SDC, Wisconsin Citizen Action as a senior organizer and Milwaukee Director, Central City Churches as the Executive Director and Civic Engagement Advisor/Deputy with the Democratic Party, Obama Campaign, DNC Host Committee and 2020 Convention and now with Walnut Way Conservation Corporation as a NID Team Leader. As a local pastor of 20 years, her relationships are far and wide with over 60 non-profit organizations, hundreds of churches and community faith groups, a history of working with county, city and statewide elected officials and a new small business owner.
Partial term expires 2022; eligible to be reelected once
Dean had a long career in investment services, serving the public and private sector, including assisting his clients divest from the South African Apartheid regime. He has worked with Habitat for Humanity, Common Ground, and Pastor United.
Filling vacancy until 2022; eligible for first term
Jonatan is the Deputy Director of the City of Milwaukee Election Commission. Prior to that, he was the Director of Outreach and Engagement at Layton Boulevard West Neighbors (now VIA CDC). Jonatan He was awarded the 2018 Trailblazer Award from Milwaukee LISC and the 2017 Future Leader Award from the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee.
Lamont Davis | Executive Director
Lamont is the Board President of the Community Insurance Information Center and a Board member for the Washington Park NID #3 and United Methodist Children’s Services. He also serves on various neighborhood and homeownership committees including Take Root, Reclaiming Our Neighborhoods and the Community Development Alliance Project Team. With a 20-year career in housing that began as an unemployed job seeker, Lamont cofounded Community First, which assists families with home repairs, serving as its program director for several years.
Chris Krco | Volunteer Administrator
Chris is the founder of Milwaukee CLT and keeps track of the organization’s administrative needs. He is also the president of Housing for All and cohost of its 4-episode podcast on the basics of reforming the American housing system.