Chief Executive Officer
Michael is Champlain Housing Trust’s Chief Executive Officer having joined the leadership team in December 2007 and being appointed CEO in January, 2021. He has over 40 years of community and economic development experience both at the non-profit and municipal level. He worked at Burlington’s Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO) from its creation and was its longest serving Director. Prior to CEDO, he was employed as Executive Director for several non-profit organizations including the King Street Youth Center. Michael is also a founder and partner of the independent community development consultant group, Burlington Associates, where he worked with Community Land Trusts around the country. He sits on several National Boards, and is Vice Chair of HIPex, a national insurance captive. Michael is a graduate of Achieving Excellence, a leadership program of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and NeighborWorks America. He holds a BA degree from Goddard College.
Chief Operating Officer
Amy is our Chief Operating Officer and has worked at the Champlain Housing Trust since 1994. She previously led development projects from inception through permitting, funding and construction often in partnership with our co-developers, Housing Vermont. Amy is responsible for all operations, overseeing the Property Management, Real Estate Development, Homeownership and Lending, and Cooperative Housing departments. Amy started at BCLT on North Street single-handedly serving our homeownership customers and remains a resource to the Homeownership staff. Amy is a non-profit representative on the Evernorth Board.
Chief Administrative and Financial Officer
Cheryl Read is our Chief Administrative and Financial Officer. She came to CHT in 2008 after playing an integral role in the management of her family’s business for ten years, and working at Opportunities Credit Union for three. Cheryl has managed our lending programs since 2010 maintaining a strong focus on program efficiency, sustainability and regulatory compliance. She joined the executive team in June, 2017 and is responsible for all human resources functions as well as the Information Technology and Administration Teams.
Director of Asset Management & Special Initiatives
Margaret joined CHT in 2012. She is a Certified Housing Asset Manager and helps to develop strategies to balance mission, cash flow and sustainability for CHT’s rental portfolio. Margaret currently sits on the Governor’s Council on Homelessness. Prior to joining CHT, Margaret worked in Burlington’s Community & Economic Office for fourteen years where she managed the Community Development Block Grant program, oversaw the AmeriCorps, VISTA and community engagement programs, and worked on a variety of policy issues such as expanding early education and fighting predatory consumer lending. Margaret practiced law for a number of years before entering the community development field.
Director of Finance
Josh Chant became CHT’s Director of Finance in June 2020. Josh joined Burlington Community Land Trust in 2002 and has grown with the organization, working as a Staff Accountant, the Controller, and Associate Director before assuming his current role. Josh’s hands on work in all aspects of CHT’s accounting operations as well as his past experience in the hospitality industry give him a rich perspective with which to lead his department. As the Director of Finance, Josh is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Finance Department including all corporate and property accounting functions such as audit preparation, the annual budget process, and cash management insuring compliance with all applicable accounting regulations.
Director of Property Management
Josie is our Director of Property Management and has worked at Champlain Housing Trust Since 2002. Prior to the merger Josie worked for the Lake Champlain Housing Development Corp. as a property manager for a number of properties in South Burlington. As Director Josie oversees the day-to-day operations of the 2,200+ apartments and is accountable for their physical and financial well-being as well as compliance with a number of regulatory requirements.
Director of Homeownership
Julie is our Director of Homeownership and joined CHT in October 2021. She was most recently the Chief Operating Officer and interim Chief Executive Officer of Downstreet Housing and Community Development in Barre and before that was Director of Legal Services at the Vermont Land Trust. She has also worked for Legal Aid of Los Angeles and the Nature Conservancy. For years she has engaged in racial equity initiatives, and is eager to put her experience into action.
Director of Community Relations
Chris Donnelly is CHT’s Director of Community Relations, having joined the Trust in April 2005. He directs CHT’s external communications, including community and endowment fundraising, grant writing, media and public relations, coalition and advocacy work, marketing of all programs and homes, and all publications. Chris also oversees community organizing and member relations. He has many years’ experience in fundraising for social justice organizations and has a strong background in public policy.
Director of Real Estate Development
Miranda is our Director of Real Estate Development, having joined CHT in 2020. She leads development projects from inception through permitting, funding and construction, often in partnership with our co-developers, Evernorth. Before joining CHT Miranda developed affordable housing solutions at Cathedral Square Corporation, led workforce development and diversity initiatives at VT EPSCoR, and worked as an environmental manager for a number of community organizations. She is a Certified Housing Development Finance Professional.