Monday, June 15, 2015
Jason Webb, from the National Community Land Trust Network, joined us in mid-June for a daylong training that we organized at the Resilience Hub. Jason is a leader in the field of community development who led the initiative to build one of the largest community land trusts in Boston and has been doing this work for 25 years. The gathering was free to attend, and everyone was welcome, whether they were new to this work or had been doing it for years.
We spent the afternoon exploring questions that people brought about projects they were currently working on or are interested in pursuing, including how to: raise funds and build capacity, acquire property and create housing, do effective community outreach and foster a successful organization.
Then in the evening, we opened the doors for a delicious potluck dinner, including free childcare provided, so folks could bring their whole family. After dinner, we circled up for a community meeting where we discussed some of the projects that GPCLT had been considering and began crafting a collective vision for how to move forward as a group.
Jason Webb comes to the Network with 25 years of experience in community revitalization, specializing in housing development in his neighborhood of Roxbury in Boston. He spent 15 years working for Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) and Network Member Dudley Neighbors Inc. (DNI), serving in several roles such as Director of Real Estate and Technology, Director of DNI “The Community Land Trust,” and Director of Administration and Finance. He oversaw the development of several community land trust developments and created a youth development / youth jobs program called CommunityScapes. Over the years, this land stewardship and community outreach program has hired significant numbers of youth and young adults, including new immigrants and young people with criminal records.
In addition, he has played a significant role with DSNI’s internal technology capacity as well as the use of technology innovations in the community building process. Jason joined the DSNI staff after a long history of involvement as a dedicated resident volunteer, dating from the age of seven. He was a co-founder of Nubian Roots Youth Committee, and served on the boards of both DSNI and Dudley Neighbors, Inc.