Dawn Conklin, Executive Director
Dawn brings years of nonprofit experience to lead the mission of Trust Montana. Her career has led her to work with NGO’s, the US government and mission organizations in Bangladesh, Ukraine, South Africa, Uganda and Ghana. She is skilled at working in cross-cultural settings and has served as a bridge builder through her work in economic and community development.
Dawn is acutely aware of the housing affordability challenges and began her advocacy early in her career in her home state of Pennsylvania. Her first nonprofit job was managing a transitional shelter for homeless families. Dawn had the privilege of marching side by side with her clients in the Housing Now! March in Washington D.C.
Dawn holds a Master of Science degree in Economic and Community Development and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business. Her passion for attainable housing, stewarding resources and compassion for vulnerable populations are sure to make it an exciting journey as she sets off to lead Trust Montana.
Hermina Harold, Operations Director
Hermina advocates for the prioritization of the CLT tool in community housing policies and collaborates with local civic organizations, non-profits, city and county planning offices, and governing bodies. Hermina has forged partnerships that leverage the limited resources available for community development projects in order to increase access to land and homes for low- and moderate-income Montanans. This networking and collective action has increased the number of permanently affordable homes in Montana, modeling strategies to magnify the state’s limited subsidy dollars.
Hermina grew up in the Flathead Valley and attended the University of Montana, where she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work in 2009. She is passionate about securing land for affordable housing and farmland in order to build more vibrant and equitable Montana communities. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bill Henry, Stewardship and Projects Coordinator
Bill provides support to current and prospective Trust Montana homeowners, stewards Trust Montana-owned properties around the state to ensure they remain permanently affordable, and coordinates the moving pieces of new projects in collaboration with the Trust Montana board and Director. Bill comes to Trust Montana after graduating with an M.S. in Community and Environmental Planning from the University of Montana. During graduate school, he interned for Trust Montana and focused his research on affordable housing policy and funding mechanisms. In the summer of 2018, he worked with the Montana Food Bank Network for the Hunger in Montana Survey. He has experience working in Montana for local government, as an employment professional, and as a contractor. Before moving to Montana, Bill attended Wheaton College in Massachusetts, where he graduated with a B.A. in American History.