Board of Trustees

Dan Rubin, President


Background: Retired from career in governmental and nonprofit management, policy development, planning, research and inter-organizational collaboration focused on access and equity in health and human services to varied populations. Thurston County resident 42 years. Thirteen years of executive and professional employment and consulting with non-profit organizations. Six years Board membership (five as Board Chair or Co-Chair) in a 5,000 member national non-profit.


Duties: As President and Board Chair, plan and lead meetings of Board of Trustees and membership; assure progress on work program consistent with mission; support others’ leadership; co-lead and support efforts on complex tasks such as development of Bylaws and ground lease; and serve as primary public representative of the Trust.


Susan Davenport, Vice President

Background: Since 1974, a Thurston County citizen participant in community asset building as a strategic task force member, resource developer and educator; adhering to principles of servant leadership. Co-initiator  and founding board member of a community land trust, women’s shelter, child abuse prevention program, before and after school child care task force, interfaith association and dispute resolution center. A professional services contractor for non-profit organizational development since 1990.


Duties: Outreach to community groups, newsletter, advocacy, coordination with other like-minded organizations.


Keith Henderson, Lessee Trustee, Treasurer

Background: Certified Public Accountant. Financial Analyst/Examiner State of Washington, 1998-2014: Research trends and prepare presentations to legislature based on international classifications and federal protocols. Perform cost settlements. MBA-Accounting, CPA, and Certified Financial Examiner. Classroom Teacher Washington State Public Schools, 1986-1999: Conduct classes, administer summer programs including budgeting, case manage drug and alcohol programs, and team teach outdoor adventure based counseling program. 

Duties: Analyzing and set-up QuickBooks financial and managerial accounting applications. Resolving accounting and information system issues. Audit manual and automated financial systems. Review financial statements and contracts.


Gail O’Sullivan, Secretary

Background: Founded nonprofit The Commons at Fertile Ground in 2010 and continues on the board presently. Past board member of the Olympia Food Coop, Lincoln Elementary Council, Woman’s Club of Olympia. 22 year Olympia resident, local business owner. She holds Masters degrees in Library Information Science and Educational Technology. 

Duties: Recording meeting minutes, organizing shared documents, tracking memberships, correspondence, and general administration.  


Paul Knox, Trustee

Background: Paul is a social entrepreneur with a passion and life-long commitment for creating better communities and connections between people.  He has 35 years of leadership experience and innovation in policy, operations and advocacy, and community organizing. He most recently served as executive director of the United Way of Thurston County for eight years enacting collaborative models in private-public funding and collective impact.  Prior to that he was the founding executive of the Washington Asset Building Coalition and spent 20 years as a state government leader starting up and directing programs in community and workforce development. A consulting business, KnoxWorks,  

Duties: Fundraising, Administration, Networking with the Thurston County Community. 


Jerry Bustamante, Trustee

Background: 2014, Bachelor’s Degree in Political Economy and Liberal Arts, The Evergreen State College, Washington State Legislature experience

Duties: Perform nonprofit trustees responsibilities. Sit in on the Outreach and Finance Committee. Help develop outreach strategy and study nonprofit finance issues . Research real estate considerations, and participate in the statewide advocacy committee concerning community land trusts.   

Ann M. Vandeman, Trustee

Background:  Ann believes housing is a human right and a social obligation of a civil society, and the land trust model of permanent affordability is part of the solution.  Ann has a PhD in agricultural economics, and currently works as a CPA tax accountant.  Her previous positions include research economist, bookkeeper, organic farmer and nonprofit executive director.  She’s a joiner, having served on numerous professional and nonprofit organization boards, most recently with the Community Farm Land Trust.

Duties:  Program Committee Chair, developing the policies and procedures for making a shared equity homeownership program a reality in Thurston County.


Zahid  Chaudhry, Public Trustee

Background: Zahid has been a community volunteer and social justice organizer seeking justice and equity all his life. Recent offices held and organizations/constituencies served:

President: Veterans Service Organizations (Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor & Lewis Counties)

Vice President & Board Director: TV station & Thurston Community Media 

Member Advisor TCD Campaign Services Autonomous Executive Committee for all Elected Offices/Candidates in Thurston County (and all its Cities & Jurisdictions, Ballot initiatives, etc)

Co-Founder: Washington Transitional Housing

Former COO & President of WA Landlords Association (Largest Landlords association by far)

Justice not Jails Observer at Law & Justice Council

Olympia Friends Peace & Social Justice Committee

Co-Founder: Veterans Mobile Outreach project & Veterans Suicide Prevention

Olympia Friends Uprooting Systemic Racism Sub-Committee