About - Board of Directors

The Bay Area Community Land Trust is a non-profit membership organization run by an elected Board of Directors and managed by an Executive Director.

Board President Beth Youhn has been on the board since 2006. Now retired, she is the former Executive Director of Tradeswomen Inc., a nonprofit that supports tradeswomen, and assists unions and employers to recruit and retain skilled tradeswomen. Ms. Youhn worked as a heavy equipment operator with Operating Engineers Local 3 for 20 years, and later worked to promote construction careers for women and minorities at Laney Community College and the City and Port of Oakland. She serves on the California Apprenticeship Council’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Women in Apprenticeship, is a founding board member of Tradeswomen Now and Tomorrow, a national policy coalition, and is a founding member of the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department’s Standing Committee on Women in the Trades.

Board Vice-President Stephen Barton joined the board in 2012. He retired from the City of Berkeley after serving as Housing Director, Deputy Director of the Rent Stabilization Board and as a housing planner. He has a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and is the author of numerous articles on housing policy and economics. He received an Affordable Housing Leadership award from the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California in 2006 and a National Planning Award from the American Planning Association in 1997.

Board Secretary Marie Whidden is a founding member of BACLT, and was elected to the board in 2012. She has served actively as a member of the Membership Committee and assisted with many of BACLT’s events. She has been active in the community for 40 years, sponsoring youth groups, directing improvisational theater groups and volunteering in the schools. She has been a massage therapist and teacher for 31 years. She is a long-time co-op supporter, was a member of the Berkeley Food Co-op, and lived in a co-op in the 1980s.

Board Treasurer Chris Bailey is a founding BACLT member and was elected to the board in 2009. She was one of the early women members of the Carpenters Union in the 1970's and an officer in the Oakland chapter in the 1980's. In 1985, she went to Nicaragua with the Bay Area Construction Brigade to build houses on a coffee cooperative. Ms. Bailey worked for Alameda County as a Construction Project Manager, the San Francisco Housing Authority as a Construction Inspector and recently retired from twelve years as a Building Inspector and Plans Examiner with the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection.

Jesse Palmer joined the board in 2011. He has been an attorney since 1995 and has represented housing coops, shared housing arrangements and non-profit corporations since 2000. He received his JD from University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a BS from the University of California, Berkeley. He has lived in group housing situations continuously since 1987 and founded an eight person communal house in Berkeley in 1998 where he still lives with his wife Kristi and daughter Fern.

Christopher Canzonieri was elected to the board in 2013. He lives at the Derby-Walker House Co-op, Berkeley and currently serves as the co-op's treasurer and by default the co-ops landscaper. Mr. Canzonieri played an active role with BACLT during the formation of Derby Walker Co-op. He has a MA in anthropology and is employed in the private sector where he serves as lead archaeologist, physical anthropologist and Native American liaison and facilitator for a small locally owned archaeology firm.

Marcia Caine Edelen joined the board in 2014. She grew up and raised her family in West Berkeley. At the Consumers Co-op of Berkeley, she was an employee-member later elected to the CCB Board. She also served on the Board of the West Berkeley Fund for Community Progress and committees of the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition. In 2015, Marcia became a resident/member of Brown Shingle Mutual Housing, a resident-managed project of the BACLT. She has been an active member of the BACLT for several years.