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Leaders of Color in Land Banking

November 17, 2022 | 12:00 PM ET

As the community development field moved from grassroots activities to professionalization, this shift led to less racial diversity in the field and too few people of color in decision-making positions. Today, though many land banks and other community development nonprofits serve areas with a large percentage of residents of color, their boards and leadership are not representative of residents and their needs. But a new wave of leaders—who come from the communities they represent—is also emerging.  

Leaders of Color in Land Banking will feature three women of color in land bank leadership across the country. This panel will highlight the communities they serve, their professional journeys to their current roles, and the equitable change they are working towards at their organizations. 

Join this webinar to:  

  • Learn how leaders of color are changing the way their organizations connect with and listen to their communities; 
  • Hear about dynamic land bank initiatives centering residents 
  • Gain insight into how community development organizations and their boards are committing to deeper equity work to support all stakeholders and help break cycles of systemic vacancy 


  • Brian Larkin, Director of the National Land Bank Network, Center for Community Progress 


  • Terica Black Bashir, Program Director, Metro Atlanta Land Bank 
  • Christa D. Stoneham, Chief Executive Officer/President, Houston Land Bank 
  • Stephanie Quick, Chief Operating Officer, Intend Indiana 

Past Webinar Recordings

Available on YouTube.

October 2022: Land Banking 101 en Español
Presenters: Luis Gallardo – Executive Director, Center for Habitat Reconstruction, Inc.; Ricardo León – Chief Operating Officer, Cuyahoga Land Bank

August 2022: Incorporating Green Building Into Your Equitable Community Development Plan
Presenters: Odetta MacLeish-White – Director of Georgia Initiatives, Center for Community Progress; Cheneé Joseph – President and CEO, Historic District Development Corporation

July 2022: How to Use Property Condition Data for Vacant Land Stewardship
Presenters: Janell O’Keefe – Senior Program Officer for Michigan Initiatives, Center for Community Progress; Melissa Hertlein – Genesee County Land Bank; Austin Harrison – Rhodes College

May 2022: State Policy and Equitable Revitalization: A Conversation with Alan Mallach
Presenters: Alan Mallach – Senior Fellow, Center for Community Progress; Alison Goebel – Executive Director, Greater Ohio Policy Center

April 2022: Strengthening Community Relationships to Achieve Equitable Code Enforcement
Presenters: Liz Kozub – Associate Director of National Technical Assistance, Center for Community Progress; Joe Dulin – Community Development Director; Community Development Department; City of Peoria

March 2022: Understanding The Final Rule: Leveraging ARPA To Address Vacancy and Strengthen Communities
Presenters: Rob Finn – Director of Policy and Research, Center for Community Progress; Cordaryl Patrick – Director of Economic and Community Development, City of Decatur, Illinois; and Katelyn Wright – Executive Director, Greater Syracuse Land Bank

February 2022: Land Banks and Community Land Trusts: Partnering to Provide Equitable Housing Opportunities for Generations to Come
Presenters: Kim Graziani – Senior Technical Assistance Advisor, Center for Community Progress; Christopher Norman – Executive Director, Metro Atlanta Land Bank; and Amanda Rhein – Executive Director, Atlanta Land Trust

November 2021: Creative Placemaking: New Tools for Empowering Community-Led Revitalization
Presenters: Liz Kozub – Associate Director of National Leadership and Education, Center for Community Progress; Daniel Egusquiza – Executive Director, Barrio Alegria

October 2021: Vacant Land Stewardship – New Online Resource Center from Community Progress >
Presenters: Janell O’Keefe – Senior Program Officer for Michigan Initiatives, Center for Community Progress; Evaine Sing, RLA, LEED AP – Community and Organizational Consultant, EKS Solutions, LLC.

August 2021: The Cost of a 2×4 is What?! Overview of Lumber Costs and the Opportunity for Deconstruction >
Speakers: Dr. George H. Berghorn – Assistant Professor of Construction Management and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Forestry, Michigan State University; Mae Bowley, Executive Director, Re:Purpose Savannah; Danielle Lewinski – Vice President of Technical Assistance, Center for Community Progress for Community Progress

June 2021: Land Banks in America: Today’s Movement and What We’ve Learned >
Speaker: Brian Larkin – Director of the National Land Bank Network, Center for Community Progress

April 2021: Prioritizing Repair Support for Financially Struggling Property Owners > 
Presenter: Payton Heins – Director of Michigan Initiatives, Center for Community Progress

March 2021: Land Banks 101: The Fundamentals of Land Banking and Equitable Development >
Presenter: Tarik Abdelazim – Director of National Technical Assistance, Center for Community Progress