OPAL Community Land Trust (OPAL)
Lisa Byers has been the Executive Director of OPAL Community Land Trust in Eastsound, WA (Orcas Island) since January 1996. She was a co-founder of the Northwest Community Land Trust Coalition and the National Community Land Trust (CLT) Network, where she served as the founding President of the Board. She has taught classes and provided consulting on organizational development & sustainability, fundraising, finance, and CLT stewardship practices. Prior to her work with community land trusts, Byers was Land Steward for the San Juan County Land Bank, and worked for ten years as a manager for Historic New England/SPNEA, based in Boston, MA. She has an M.B.A. in public and non-profit management from Boston University, and a B.A. from Vassar College.