The Community Housing Trust staff is guided by a
knowledgeable and passionate volunteer board committed to the
complex issue of developing truly Affordable housing in Jackson Hole.
Berte Hirschfield is retired from a career in new product development and market research. She was founder and serves on the board of the Pediatric Audiology Project as well as founder and served on the board of Jackson Hole Child Care Helpers. She has also served on the boards of local and state organizations including Bennington College, Teton Literacy Center, Grand Teton Music Festival and the Governor appointed board of the Wyoming Arts Council. The dire housing situation is of great concern to her and she looks forward to serving on the Community Housing Trust Board to find solutions.
Alexis Dittmer has a background in finance. She has worked with a global macro hedge fund in the capacity of trader and fund accountant and has extensive experience in international banking in Mexico. There, Alexis was part of a team which founded multiple boutique banks to provide essential financing for working class first time home buyers. Alexis moved to Jackson in 2014 and has become interested in the dynamics which shape Teton County’s housing challenges. She is passionate about the community and believes that providing solutions to address the local housing issues will strengthen the exceptional character of this valley. She lives in Jackson, WY with her 7 yr. old daughter Piper.
Dale moved to Jackson in 2000 after coming out to visit a few times for Spring Break with the Hoofers of UW-Madison. He has a background in finance and in 2012 he and his wife were lucky enough to be chosen for a home in Daisy Bush, a property managed and developed by the Community Housing Trust. He enjoys hunting, biking, and running around the mountains with his wife straight from their front door.
Deborah first visited Jackson in 1984 and it left an indelible impression upon her. She returned several times since and finally fulfilled her decades-long dream of building a home in Jackson. Deborah is an entrepreneur and senior communications leader that has founded innovative socially focused companies. Most recently, as the Founder and CEO of Amavitae, a social enterprise designed to address the skills, opportunity, and fulfillment gaps. Previously she founded a strategic communications firm that led the efforts to advance the Democracy Is… campaign, a public-private partnership that included the U.S. Department of State, International Youth Foundation, NBC Universal, and YouTube, among many others. The program used creative challenges (e.g., video and photo) intended to spark a global online dialogue on democracy. More than 132 countries participated. Previously she served in a variety of senior communications roles at Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, and HBO. Ms. Ramo is a member of the Board of Directors of the KCRW Foundation, which supports NPR’s flagship station in Southern California. She is a co-founder of Workplace Hollywood, a non-profit that provides job development services to disadvantaged youth. In addition, Ms. Ramo is a Senior Fellow at the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab at the USC Marshall School of Business.
Ethan Steinberg grew up in Lincoln Park, Chicago, and attended Francis W Parker for all 14 years of his primary and secondary education. He then went to Brown University and majored in Psychology. Ethan moved to Jackson, Wyoming in 1996 and spent 16 years working at Friess Associates, helping manage the Brandywine Funds. In 2013, Ethan launched his own investment fund partnering with SG Capital which he still runs today. Ethan was a founding board member of the Jackson Hole Community School and spent 12 years on the board. Ethan also serves on the Resource Committee of the Grand Teton National Park Foundation. He is married to Emilie, whom he met in Jackson and their 4 children are all in school in Teton County (2 at Wilson Elementary and 2 at Jackson Hole Middle School). When not working, Ethan is driving his kids around the state of Wyoming for soccer, hockey, and ski racing events. If he had any free time, Ethan would love to get back to doing more kayaking and mountain biking!
Lannie Hoglund has been a lifelong and avid volunteer. Since moving to Jackson 15 years ago, Hoglund has learned how hard non-profits work to recruit and retain employees due to the scarcity and cost of housing. She was a member and Board chair of the Teton County Library Foundation and is currently an Old Bill’s Co-Challenger. Hoglund holds a B.A. from Duke University and an M.S. in Architectural Preservation from Columbia. During her career, she consulted with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and worked for Christie’s Auction House in New York and London.
Van is a retired lawyer whose career included substantial work involving the financing of affordable housing, representing sponsors, investment bankers, and rating agencies. He has served for 12 years, including a term as President of Princeton Community Housing, the non-profit owner and operator of more than 400 units of affordable housing in Princeton, New Jersey. He has volunteered as a String Lake ranger and Ski Ambassador at Grand Teton for the past 4+ years. Van and his wife, Lynne, live in Wilson most of the year and enjoy golf, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.
After graduating from Cornell University, Shelley spent three decades in the hospitality industry including roles in operations, financial analysis, and development. Shelley moved to Jackson Hole in 2001 to help develop Hotel Terra, a boutique and Silver LEED certified hotel at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, which opened in 2008. Shelley is currently a partner in a local vacation rental company and, along with her husband, is involved in the restoration of three historic buildings in downtown Jackson. Shelley lives in Wilson with her husband and two daughters. After experiencing the growth in Jackson Hole over the past 20 years, Shelley is excited to be part of a dynamic organization that is dedicated to accelerating the timeline on high quality affordable home projects in the valley.
John D. Millham
John Millham has been an executive at Prometheus Real Estate Group, Inc. for over 24 years and is currently responsible for the firm’s investment, development, construction, and asset management strategy. He leads the acquisition and disposition efforts for the company and is a member of the firm’s investment committee. During his tenure, he has been responsible for the acquisition of more than $5 billion in new development projects and has disposed of $1.5 billion in existing assets. The company invests primarily in the Silicon Valley with meaningful holdings in both Seattle and Portland.
He holds a BA in Political Economies of Industrial Societies (PEIS) from the University of California, Berkeley. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Multifamily Housing Council and a member of Urban Land Institute. He is also an Emeritus Board Member at the Housing Industry Foundation, a non-profit organization based in San Mateo, CA dedicated to finding emergency housing solutions for individuals and families in crisis and facing homelessness.
John first started coming to Jackson in 1990 and visited several times a year with his family until 2017, when he and his wife Tracey built a home off the Village Road. He moved to Jackson full time in the Spring of 2020. They have three children, Nick (24), Paige (22) and Ryan (19) and when not working, John loves to ski, fish, golf and hike in this beautiful valley.
Julie Ferguson moved to Jackson in 2015 with her family after recreating here for years. Initially drawn to the valley for the spectacular summers, it was the winter sports that made them stay. Julie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Fine Arts from Duke University and a Master of Business Administration with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Julie has worked in commercial lending at American Security Bank in Washington, D.C., in product management with Kraft Dairy Group in Philadelphia, and also as a marketing consultant. Julie serves on several community boards including the Foundation for Learning in Tredyffrin/Easttown and the Acorn Club. She is currently on the executive committee of Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. She is a past Duke Alumni Association board vice president and executive committee member, and a former co-chair and board member for the Duke Trinity Board of Visitors. Passionate about helping out in her own backyard, it was apparent that the disparity between those who that could afford to live in Jackson and those who work here but are unable to live here was a cause she wanted to work on solving.