Brenda M. Torpy
Chief Executive Officer
Brenda Torpy has 34 years of experience in the affordable housing field, starting with rural community development and affordable housing advocacy in northern Vermont. As the Community and Economic Development Office’s first Housing Director for the City of Burlington, Brenda led the development of the Burlington Community Land Trust, now Champlain Housing Trust, and served as the founding Board President. In 1991, she joined the staff as Executive Director.
The Champlain Housing Trust is the nation’s largest community land trust with over 6,000 members, 90 employees and 2,600 affordable homes in northwest Vermont, including 566 in their shared appreciation homeownership portfolio along with multiple non-profit facilities, retail and commercial tenants. Under Brenda’s leadership, CHT was selected as the 2008 winner of the UN World Habitat Award and Brenda has travelled extensively as a speaker and to assist start-ups of CLTs both nationally and internationally. CHT does $90 million in development annually, has an operating budget of $10 million and nearly $300 million in assets under its stewardship.
Brenda has also worked for the Vermont Housing Finance Agency as Development Director, Brenda was a Ford Foundation Leader for a Changing World 2002, completed the Achieving Excellence in Community Development program at the Kennedy School of Government in 2003, is past President of the National Community Land Trust Network, and serves on the Governor’s Housing Council of Vermont, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Community Development Committee and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s Affordable Housing Program Advisory Committee.