Board of Trustees
Olympic Housing Trust is currently made possible by the dedication of a working board. We know that a sustainable organization will need to be run by paid staff, and we are working toward that goal.
Jesse Thomas, President | Jesse was raised in Jefferson County, left to the city, but then came back home to raise his son. He graduated from the Evergreen State College and settled into the building design industry where he’s be working locally for more than 20 years. Jesse’s day job is as an independent building designer. He joined the Olympic Housing Trust board because he cares about his local community, and he believe that permanently affordable housing programs are essential for preserving and promoting healthy, vibrant communities.
Justine Gonzalez-Berg, Secretary| Justine grew up in Port Townsend, but her family relocated during the 2008 recession. She received a BA in political science and writing from Hampshire College. Justine is currently the Director for the Housing Solutions Network of Jefferson County. Justine’s commitment to affordable housing has come from witnessing housing prices escalate in recent years and a recognition that without meaningful action now, her generation will not be able to raise families in Jefferson County.
Rachael Dunn, Treasurer | Rachael Dunn was born and raised in Texas, moving to Washington to attend Western Washington University where she received her BA in Economics in 2015. Her work varies from farming to accounting with a hand in the natural world and another in spreadsheets. Seeing the financial barriers to land access and an opportunity to aid in financial literacy and opportunity, she joined the Olympic Housing Trust board with deep enthusiasm.
Kristina Hestenes-Stimson | Kristina is a licensed architect, and a certified sustainable building adviser. Her project experience ranges from residential, commercial, and historic renovation to community planning. As a volunteer she promoted green building techniques for The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild. She also served on the Planning Academy and The Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee for the City of Shoreline. Kristina is LEED accredited, and committed to creating environmentally responsible projects that emphasize sensitive integration of nature and the built environment.
Kate Dean | Kate Dean was elected to join the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners in 2017 and represents District 1, Port Townsend. Kate moved to Jefferson County in 1999 when she purchased a historic farmstead in Quilcene where she grew organic produce. She spent 10 years farming and working to grow the local farmers markets through businesses she co-founded including Finnriver Farm and Mt. Townsend Creamery. Kate holds her Masters in Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. In her spare time, Kate can be found gardening, riding her bike or in the mountains with her two school-aged children.
Tobi McEnerney, Co-President | Tobi grew up in the Pacific Northwest, graduated from Port Townsend high school in 1997 and from the University of Washington with a BA in political science in 2009. She finds sanctuary in her family; her husband Danny and son Argus, a wild six year old boy. Tobi’s first love was social work but found a career change was needed upon the birth of her son in 2012. She had since learned about real estate development as a way to pay the mortgage and found she had a knack for it. She hopes to use that skill set to address the income inequality regarding housing in Jefferson and Clallam counties.
We are seeking new board members with a passion for community and skills or experience in these areas: finance, affordable housing development, fundraising, real estate, communications, information technology, and project management.
If you want to join us in helping to shape and grow our local housing trust, please send a letter of interest to email@example.com or PO Box 1537, Port Townsend, WA 98368