The BC Rural Centre invites you to a free public lecture featuring Lisa Byers, Executive Director of the OPAL (“Of People And Land”) Community Land Trust on Orcas Island, Washington State. Lisa will discuss how the OPAL CLT has created over 130 affordable housing units on Orcas Island over the past 25 years.
Creating Affordable Homeownership: Success on Orcas Island, Washington State
Free Public Lecture 7:30 – 9 PM Tuesday May 1st, Meritage Room, Sheraton 4 Points Kelowna Airport Hotel, 5505 Airport Way, Kelowna, BC.
About Lisa Byers
Lisa Byers has been Executive Director of OPAL since January 1996 — she’s OPAL’s only full-time staff person. Prior to working for OPAL, she served as Land Steward for the San Juan County Land Bank, and for 10 years as a land and property manager for the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (now Historic New England), based in Boston, Massachusetts. Lisa has an undergraduate degree from Vassar College and an M.B.A. in public and nonprofit management from Boston University. In 2006 Lisa was elected to serve as the first president of the National Community Land Trust Network and was awarded the Friend of Housing Award from the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. One of North America’s strongest advocates for affordable rural housing, Lisa is an articulate and inspiring presenter.