Housing Trust appoints new chair and board members

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust today announced the appointment of Berte Hirschfield as board chair, and the election of three new members to the board. The new board members are Alexander Friedman, Alexis Dittmer, and Lannie Hoglund.

“We are thrilled to welcome Alex, Alexis, and Lannie to the board, and I am delighted that Berte has assumed the role of board chair,” said Anne Cresswell, executive director. “Berte’s leadership on essential social service issues in our community make her particularly well suited for this important role at the Trust. Alexander, Alexis, and Lannie all bring extensive professional and civic experience to the organization, but above all, they are each uniquely passionate about the role of affordable housing in our community.”

Berte Hirschfield. Photo: Courtesy

Berte Hirschfield is retired from a career in new product development and market research. She was the founder of the Pediatric Audiology Project and Jackson Hole Child Care Helpers.

Hirschfield also served on the boards of local and state organizations including Bennington College, Teton Literacy Center, Grand Teton Music Festival, and the Governor appointed committee of the Wyoming Arts Council.

Alexander Friedman is the former Chief Executive Officer of GAM, a publicly listed investment management company.

Previously, he served as Global Chief Investment Officer of UBS, overseeing more than $2 trillion in assets, and as Chief Financial Officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Friedman was also a White House Fellow in the Clinton Administration and an assistant to the US Secretary of Defense. He holds a JD from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, an MBA from Columbia Business School, and a BA from Princeton University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has been a regular contributor to Bloomberg, CNBC, the FT, and other news outlets.

Alexis Dittmer has worked as trader and fund accountant in hedge fund management. She has extensive experience in international banking, specifically in Mexico. There, Dittmer worked to provide essential funding for first-time homebuyers through boutique community banks.

Lannie Hoglund has been a lifelong and avid volunteer. Since moving to Jackson 15 years ago, Hoglund has learned how hard nonprofits work to recruit and retain employees due to the scarcity and cost of housing. She was a member and Board chair of the Teton County Library Foundation and is currently an Old Bill’s Co-Challenger.

Hoglund holds a B.A. from Duke University and an M.S. in Architectural Preservation from Columbia. During her career, she consulted with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and worked for Christie’s Auction House in New York and London.

The Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust is a nonprofit affordable housing developer. To date, the Housing Trust has developed or acquired 146 homes, which have served more than 420 community members. This spring, the Housing Trust will break ground on 24 more affordable homes at 174 North King Street.

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