Christine Jacobs is the Executive Director of the Thomas Jefferson Community Land Trust and the Housing Coordinator at the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission. She believes that in an ever-diversifying society, it is our obligation, as nonprofit staff, board members, scholars, policy makers, and volunteers to protect minority and low-income families from inequitable access to opportunity. She is particularly interested in how broader social contexts, including economic, political, legal, and social climates contribute to inequity. She works to strengthen private-public-nonprofit partnerships in order to improve regional housing outcomes in the Charlottesville and surrounding areas.
Prior to working in the affordable housing realm, Christine had a 15-year career as a middle school teacher. She recently graduated with a Master of Public Policy degree from the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia (2017). She holds a Master of Teaching degree from the University of Virginia (2001) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Virginia Tech (1999). She is married with three children and loves hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Greg Slater is an Associate Broker with Nest Realty in the Charlottesville area. He was introduced to the conversation on affordable housing when he helped sell the first proffered affordable housing in Albemarle County in the 2007. Greg served as CAAR President in 2010 and currently chairs the board of the Thomas Jefferson Community Land Trust. He is also currently serving as a Board Director for the Blue Ridge Home Builders Association. He is passionate about working to develop opportunities for affordable home ownership in Charlottesville and the surrounding area.
W. Frazier Bell has 36 years of experience in the Real Estate Industry, to include as a General Contractor, Broker, and Mortgage Banker. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia (’72) and is both a published author and a former educator, having taught college-level Real Estate Finance at Piedmont Virginia Community College. He has served on the boards of Hospice of the Piedmont and Trout Unlimited State Board and was the charter President of the Mortgage Banker’s Association. Frazier is the co-founder and former chairman of the Thomas Jefferson Community Land Trust. He currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the board.
Iris Cox, along with her family, has been a Thomas Jefferson Community Land Trust homeowner and Habitat for Humanity partner since 2013. She has worked as a legal- and medical-secretary, a court reporter, and personal assistant. She is currently a professional home and office cleaner. Iris has served as a Lessee Director (Homeowner) on the Thomas Jefferson CLT board of directors since 2017.
As a professional planner, Julia Monteith, specializes in the planning and stewardship of campus environments. Trained as both an architect and a landscape architect, her focus is on integrated planning and design, particularly in the realm of sustainability. She is skilled in collaborating with project teams and leading decision-making among diverse client groups and stakeholders. Julia has extensive experience in developing complex strategies for land use, urban design, and precinct level plans addressing major institutions across the United States and is currently the Senior Land Use Planner for the Office of the Architect. She previously worked as a private consultant with Sasaki Associates and as a campus planner at UC Berkeley.
Keith Smith is a Realtor with Roy Wheeler Realty in the Charlottesville area. He has over 32 years of experience in General Real Estate, Land Development, Land Planning, as well and General Contracting and Business Management. He co-founded YES Business Management LLC and serves as a coach and mentor for agents at Roy Wheeler Realty Inc. He is currently serving on the boards of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission and Corporation, the Thomas Jefferson Community Land Trust, and the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors. He currently serves on and chairs the Regional Housing Partnership.
Joshua Batman has a lifetime of experience in the Architecture, Development and Construction industries. His career began in development and construction in his family business, where he completed $20MM in single family and multi-family projects. After graduate studies, he co-founded a design/build firm with internationally recognized architect Joseph Wheeler. He joined Stony Point Design/Build in 2016 and was instrumental in executing on $100MM in direct real estate investment. Outside of Virginia, Joshua interned at SOM with the team responsible for the Burj Khalifa tower on a prototype for industrialized large-scale mixed-use development. Joshua holds an undergraduate Architecture degree from the University of Virginia, and a Masters in Architecture from Virginia Tech, where he is a key collaborator in the Virginia Tech FutureHaus program that won the 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East. Joshua has received several state and local AIA awards and was nominated as the NAHB Young Building Professional of the Year for Region A two years running. Joshua is on the board of the Thomas Jefferson Community Land Trust, an active member of the ULI, the AIA, the Virginia ELA, and BRHBA.
Ali DiGuardo serves as the Marketing and Communications Director for the Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® (CAAR). For more than a decade she has utilized her association management expertise with multiple associations to communicate the value of membership, increase member engagement, and advance their brand and community outreach. Since moving to the Charlottesville area in 2013, Ali has volunteered on the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP) House Party Silent Auction Committee and participated in various repair/rehab build days. Most recently Ali served on the Regional Housing Partnership’s Housing Summit Committee, which was responsible for planning and executing the inaugural 2019 “Opening the Door” Regional Housing and Homelessness Summit. She is eager to make a difference in addressing affordable housing in the Greater Charlottesville community.
Grace Remer works at the intersection of nonprofit programs and education. She is a program coordinator for the Jefferson Scholars Foundation where she supports graduate scholarship programs and foundation events. Grace’s academic and professional experiences focus on collaborative learning, nonprofit partnerships and nonprofit management. Before moving to Charlottesville in 2019, she worked in the nonprofit and higher education sectors in Richmond, Virginia. Grace is passionate about using tools like storytelling, the arts and community mapping to empower communities so residents share ownership of processes and places. Grace holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Virginia Commonwealth University (2018), a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Studies from University of Richmond (2016), and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from University of Richmond (2012). She lives in Charlottesville with her husband and enjoys attempting to garden, road trips, nerdy public lectures, and exploring Virginia with friends and family.