CLAM appoints new Executive Director

Piro Ishizaka, Operations Manger; Kim Thompson, Executive Director

We are pleased to announce the selection of Kim Thompson as CLAM’s new Executive Director. Kim brings non-profit leadership experience in working to expand affordable housing options and in advocating for supportive public policy. A skilled community builder, Kim is experienced in bringing together diverse communities and interests to focus on the issues of affordable housing, smart growth and environmentally sustainable planning.

Kim worked for several years in the San Joaquin Valley, beginning in affordable housing advocacy then working to reduce air pollution, promote smart growth and regional health. She led community organizing efforts with refugee residents to improve substandard living conditions and to advocate for long-term affordable housing. She was a founding member of the Fresno Housing Alliance, a network to promote safe, decent, and affordable housing.

In talking about her affordable housing experience Kim states, “My work in California’s housing and environmental health has shown me that entities such as Community Land Trusts are a key way for us to organize ourselves toward vital and environmentally sustainable communities. I look forward to meeting CLAM’s members and working together with them to continue CLAM’s important work in our community.”

Kim started working for CLAM on Monday February 13th. She joins staff member Piro Ishizaka, Operations Manager, in the CLAM office in Point Reyes Station. Bonnie Guttman, Interim Executive Director, is working with Kim for the next few weeks to get her on board with CLAM’s organization and projects.

As CLAM’s Executive Director, Kim will guide the organization as it explores new approaches to expanding the base of affordable housing in the local community and to growing its membership. We are thrilled to have a person with Kim’s experience, creativity and heart to lead CLAM in our second decade. A resident of Inverness, Kim is pleased to be able to work and live in her local community.

We hope you will come and meet Kim and Piro at our Annual Meeting in April. Look out for them around town before then. And watch your email for an invitation to a Welcome Reception for Kim at the Blackbird Café on Sunday, March 18th!

Maureen Cornelia
Board President

‘West Marin housing trust picks Thompson as director’ in the Marin Independent Journal.