The BHC’s Board of Directors is made up of representatives elected by the members of our cooperative houses, and also by members of the community who have an interest in our mission, and expertise to lend it its implementation. In the fullness of time, we anticipate that the majority of the Board will be composed of house reps. However, at present we’ve only got 3 co-ops, so we’re leaning more heavily on the community. The BHC Board uses a consensus decision-making process.
Here’s our board as of January, 2015:
Allison Lubbs, Chrysalis House Representative
Allison Lubbs has lived in the Chrysalis Co-op since May, 2012 and has worked on a Boulder County farm for the past two seasons. In 2013 she started as a full time teacher at a Democratic school in Louisville called The Patchwork School. She enjoys volunteering with Boulder Food Rescue, and finding new ways to create even more exciting community activities for Chrysalis to host and participate in. Someday she wants to learn how to keep goats and bees!
James Harrington is one of the original founders of the Boulder Housing Coalition. He has also spent time working for Thistle Communities, another non-profit affordable housing developer in Boulder. He currently lives in the Wild Sage Cohousing community in North Boulder.
Jordan Mann first joined the BHC board in 2010 while living at the Chrysalis Cooperative. After taking a year break to live and work in Germany he re-joined the board in 2013. In his work life, Jordan consults for utilities on energy efficiency programs and analysis of building energy consumption. He received a master’s degree in building systems engineering and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, both from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Post-graduation, Jordan worked in Freiburg, Germany as a research engineer at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy.
As an engineer, Jordan has a strong technical background which he uses to advise the BHC on energy efficiency measures. He has a broad co-op skill set that stems from his living in 3 different co-ops and having visited dozens of co-ops all over the world.
Jordan is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys spending time cycling, climbing, snowboarding and hiking. After working in Germany, he embarked on a 4,000 mile self-supported cycling trip from Morocco to Turkey through Europe.
Katherine Millersdaughter, Ostara House Representative
Katherine Millersdaughter is the BHC board representative from the Ostara Co-op, where she lives with her two daughters. She teaches at the University of Colorado.
Lincoln Miller, Executive Director (Staff)
Lincoln Miller has lived in co-ops ranging in size from 7-27 people and has been involved with co-op development for 16 years. In that time he has been a founding member of 3 non-profit cooperative organizations. In 1996 Lincoln created the Boulder Housing Coalition (BHC), a 501(c)(3) Community Housing Development Organization, with Boulder’s then Mayor Will Toor. Between 1999 and 2002 Lincoln and Tony Sanny co-founded the Masala Co-op and worked on the acquisition of the property at 744 Marine St, creating the first permanently affordable rental co-op in Colorado. In 2004 Lincoln officially took on the role of the organization’s Executive Director, and led the acquisition of the Chrysalis Co-op for the BHC. This created the first permanently affordable cooperative housing system in Colorado. He currently serves on 2 national co-op housing boards (NASCO and NASCO Properties) as well as the Board for the Fellowship for Intentional Community. Mr. Miller has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado and has completed all of the course work for the Certified Housing Asset Manager Designation (CHAM).
Nora Connor moved to Boulder in 2008 to work for a local environmental non-profit and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Colorado. She lived in BHC’s Chrysalis Co-op from 2010 to 2013. Nora is passionate about the BHC’s mission to provide affordable housing and is inspired to minimize her environmental impact by sharing community resources.
Sabrina Sideris, Board President
Sabrina Sideris is the Program Director of Community Studies at the University of Colorado – Boulder and an instructor with the INVST Community Leadership Program. Sabrina’s professional purpose is to help young adults come to life as they decide upon a course of reflective action for social and environmental change. She has an MA in Peace Education from the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. She lived in community at the Masala Cooperative from 2007-2013.
Valerie Soraci moved to Boulder in 1997 after growing up outside of Chicago and attending college in Montana and Ohio. In 2001, she started Dragonfly Gardens, a garden design, installation and maintenance company specializing in estate gardening and individualized neighborhood landscapes, with a focus on water wise and native plant design. After running for City Council in 2009, Valerie was seated on the Boulder Housing Coalition board and in 2010, and was appointed to the board of the city’s housing authority Boulder Housing Partners. In 2014 she joined the Better Boulder Steering Committee and was featured as Channel 9’s Boulder Landscaper of 2014. Valerie finds her inspiration in her two amazing kids and all the natural beauty Boulder has to offer. She is intent on giving back to her community and being an advocate for those amongst us with the smallest voices. Her spare time is spent riding trails on her refurbished Klein, creating art in her living room, volunteering to help friends move or simply basking in the glory of a sunset over the Flatirons.
Zane Selvans, Masala House Representative
Zane Selvans has served on the BHC Board twice: once in 2003-2004 while he was getting his PhD at CU in planetary geophysics, and again since April 2013 as the Masala House Representative. Zane is interested in cooperative housing as a way to make resource efficient living economical and socially rewarding. When he’s not distracted by futzing with the BHC website, Zane works on climate and energy policy as the Assistant Research Director of Clean Energy Action. He advocates for human-scale transportation and land-use policies on the Community Cycles Advocacy Committee, and also serves on the City of Boulder’s Transportation Advisory Board. He’s also a member of the Better Boulder Steering Committee, advocating for sustainable, human-scale urbanism in Boulder. Zane enjoys long-range self-supported bicycle and kayak touring. He occasionally blogs about local planning issues at Flat Iron Bike and has been known to show up occasionally on the Opinion pages of the Boulder Daily Camera. He presents a stranger, more global view of things over at Amateur Earthling, and tweets occasionally as @ZaneSelvans.