With the affordable housing and safety net challenges in our society, the community leaders at the Brookline Community Development Corporation are prepared to make Brookline a better, more affordable place to call home through advocacy and action.
Deborah Brown, President
Deborah Brown, President of the Board, has lived in Brookline for over 20 years. During that time, she has been engaged in a range of issues including racial and economic justice, access to safe affordable housing, and environmental protection. She brings a legal and equity lens to solving affordable housing issues. Deborah has changed the board’s focus to make housing security a priority for the board and the entire community. Her key goal is to transform people’s lives by creating a more just and equitable community.
Jeff Wachter, Treasurer
Jeffrey Wachter, Treasurer, resides with his wife and three children in Brookline Village. He comes to the board with commercial real estate finance and operations experience. Jeff brings a rich understanding of urban land use policies, leading to his interest in using zoning reform and housing policy as a tool to address some of the structural housing challenges that Brookline and the Boston metro area face today.
Lee Cooke-Childs, Secretary
Lee Cooke-Childs, Secretary has lived in Brookline for half a century and raised her family here. She brings her rich experience in residential real estate to the board. She has been a real estate broker with Chobee Hoy since 1994 and winner three years running of the Reality Guild Top Producer Award.
Bob Van Meter, Interim Executive Director
Bob Van Meter, Interim Executive Director, comes to BCDC with a wealth of experience. He served as Executive Director of LISC Boston for 10 years from 2008 until 2018. Prior to that, he served as Executive Director of the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation for 15 years from 1993 until 2008, and as a project manager and real estate director at the Fenway Community Development Corporation. Bob served as a board member of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations for 10 years and as board chair for two years. He spent eight years as a community and tenant organizer in Chicago and Boston.
Stephen Pratt-Otto, Finance Consultant
Stephen Pratt-Otto, Finance Consultant, has lived in Brookline for twenty-five years. Steve offers BCDC 30 years of experience as a financial expert able to assemble and structure multi-layered community development financings. Projects that Steve has worked on provide and improve affordable housing, education, and health and human services. He is also able to help underwrite acquisitions and projects in-development and to identify and manage risk.
Bonnie Bastien, Tenant Organizer
Bonnie Bastien (she/her) is a passionate justice and equity activist, community organizer, and a Brookline Town Meeting Member in Precinct 5. Bastien began her career as an artist and a creator of research and development programs for artists. She later became an activist and advocate for issues around mass incarceration and prison abolition. She organized with Brookline for Racial Justice and Equity (BRJE) and with campaigns for local progressive policy and political candidates in Brookline. Bastien also co-founded and organized with Mutual Aid Brookline to address unmet critical needs in Brookline for over 2 years during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Chanda Jones, Board Member, moved to Brookline so that her daughter could receive a quality education. She brings a unique perspective to the board, that of a property manager for a large academic institution in the area where she ensures the buildings are kept in a clean, sanitary, functioning, and safe condition. She also serves as a routine advocate for residents in need.
Paul Harris, Board Member, brings his decades of financial experience to the Board. Like other board members, Paul has raised a family here and has been very active in local education services and racial equity issues. Bob has the experience to create allies among residents who are unaware of Brookline’s unique housing needs.
Rieko Hayashi, Board Member, raised her children in Brookline and is one of BCDC’s longest serving board members. She comes to the board with years of experience working in the Department of Housing and Community Development’s program that encourages the creation of affordable housing by providing technical assistance to communities and developers who are working together to create affordable rental opportunities.
Jonathan Mande, Board Member, was educated in the Brookline schools. He provides the board with both a young renter’s and an international perspective. Jonathan helps to articulate the unique needs of the renter community. He has been a lead facilitator and has experience in translating Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) skills to affordable housing work.
Kimberley Richardson, board member, has raised a family in Brookline, while also being active in local politics. A prolific social justice advocate for Brookline’s underserved, Kimberley brings a wealth of diverse tools.
Kimberley also brings professional skills essential to the boards understanding of the toll housing insecurity adversely impacts one’s physical and emotional health.
Carlos Rios, Board Member, grew up in Brookline and provides a strong multicultural and economic advocacy voice. Carlos began his advocacy work during his junior year at BHS. He has expert skills to educate the board in how privilege and systemic oppression impact affordable housing and racial justice. He has been successful in getting the T to fund youth passes, LGTBQ advocacy and affordable housing.
Enrique Tamayo, Board Member, comes to the board having raised a family and seeking volunteer opportunities. He brings an extensive background in Pre-Development, Production and Post-Occupancy phases of Affordable Housing including working with all levels of stakeholders. He also brings a strong emphasis in construction financing, buildout and associated tasks. Trilingual (English, Spanish, French) and bicultural.