Big Sky Community Housing Trust Adds Five New Board of Directors to its Leadership Team

In February, BSCHT interviewed 20 community leaders to fill open positions on its Board of Directors. We cannot thank these candidates enough for their willingness to dedicate their time and energy to improve the availability of affordable housing for the Big Sky community. After much deliberation, BSCHT welcomes five new Board of Directors to its leadership team: Dave Brown, Cleve Johnson, Erin Cluff, Mark Dean, and Kenny Holtz.

Currently, BSCHT operates with a Board of Directors of 12 volunteers, two full-time staff members, and a part-time contracted bookkeeper. 
In July of 2019, Dave moved to Big Sky with his wife Paige and their two sons, excited to start his new adventure as the Vice President of Residential Services for Yellowstone Club. After moving to Big Sky, Dave and his family quickly and completely fell in love. Over the past year and a half, Dave’s department took over all Yellowstone Club employee housing to ensure options exist in the Big Sky area for all levels of Yellowstone Club employees. READ MORE HERE
Cleve Johnson has visited Big Sky every year since the mid-70s, and he and his wife enjoy living in their home in the Meadow.

For the past 30 years, Johnson worked in real estate development and residential construction. As the founding partner of CRC Partners and CBG Builders, Johnson has been involved in large scale residential projects across the country and has developed several thousand units of affordable housing.  
Mark Dean is a retired Managing Director and former National Head of Production for Citi Community Capital, which specializes in affordable and workforce multi-family housing and providing construction and permanent financing in addition to LIHTC equity and investment banking services. At Citi Community Capital, Dean’s team averaged over 200 transactions totaling $5 to $6 billion in 30-35 states per year.
After a 10-year career at Yellowstone Club, Kenny Holtz and his family moved to California in 2016 but returned to Big Sky in 2020 to pursue development opportunities. Holtz has actively been involved in establishing workforce housing. In 2015, he played a leadership role in the development of operational and business plans to transform the historic Gallatin Gateway Inn into a workforce housing solution with 115 beds. READ MORE HERE
Erin Cluff moved to Big Sky in 2020 as she concluded a highly successful 24-year career in the United States Air Force and currently serves as the CEO of SOAR BEYOND, a specialized consulting firm. She has led large-scale, diverse organizations across the globe, earning a reputation as a motivational leader and decisive change agent focused on delivering innovative solutions to complex and rapidly evolving challenges.
BSCHT'S 2020 Annual Report Highlights Successes and Big Sky's Need for More Affordable Homes

The lack of affordable homes for local workers impacts every segment of our community. In recent housing studies, 93% of residents feel the "ability to find affordable housing" is a critical problem in Big Sky. Every business feels the impact, and Gallatin county is experiencing a worker shortage because there is nowhere for employees to live. (READ MORE HERE "Remote Workers Spur an Affordable Housing Crunch in Montana" Bloomberg City Lab)

Big Sky Community Housing Trust has developed 52 condominiums and added 11 long-term rental units to serve 127 adults and children living in Big Sky.
Collaboration to Continue Developing Workforce Housing

In January, BSCHT announced its collaboration with Lone Mountain Land Company to develop a new housing complex that will add approximately 100 rental units built permanently and exclusively for local workers.

On March 10, the Resort Tax board awarded BSCHT $1.4 million in funding to develop the portion of the project under the Housing Trust's control. READ MORE HERE
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