As the Baby Boomers mature, CDCs are faced with the task of tapping the next generation of leaders. Rural LISC hosted two Rural CDC partners and a guest from Twin Cities LISC for a look at smart succession planning strategies for CDCs both rural and urban. The webinar focused on how two rural organizations successfully managed differing circumstances in their leadership transition process. It also highlighted an urban program that prepared the local community development industry to successfully navigate transitions by expanding the pool of leadership candidates.
Betty Tamm recently retired as CEO of NeighborWorks Umpqua in rural southwestern Oregon. Betty served as NeighborWorks Umpqua CEO since 1997 and earned a reputation for taking on some of the most challenging and unusual housing and community development projects. She now serves on the Rural LISC Advisory Committee, the Rural Initiative Advisory Board for NeighborWorks America, and is a member and pending Chair of SEACorp (Sustained Excellence Alliance Corporation), an invitation-only ‘think tank’ of top CDC leaders from around the nation.
Peter Carey served as President and CEO of Self-Help Enterprises (SHE) from 1990 until his retirement in June 2014. Peter’s public service includes a term as Mayor of Visalia, CA, chair of the California Housing Finance Agency and memberships on a planning commission and on several state and national boards and committees. Though retired from SHE, he accepted the position of Acting COO of NeighborWorks America, serving from July 2014 through February 2015. He continues to be engaged in housing and community development issues.
Tina Homstad joined LISC in 2006 and is now the Program Officer overseeing communication activities for Twin Cities LISC. She joined the webinar to discuss Twin Cities LISC’s “Careership” Program, an initiative that supported mid-career professionals of color to enter the community development field. Tina holds a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
Greg Sparks, Moderator, is a Program Officer for Rural LISC managing relationships with CDCs in the western U.S. Greg has worked in nonprofit, rural housing and community development for more than 38 years. He sits on the Boards of Directors of the National Rural Housing Coalition and the California Coalition for Rural Housing.
To view the presenters' powerpoint slides, click here.