One of BRCLT’s greatest resources is the quality of the volunteers who have stepped up to serve as our Board of Directors.

Doug Baker
Board  President
Doug was born in Hood River and returned to the area after retiring from a career in higher education.  He served as a business administration faculty member  and as a senior administrator in three public universities.  In his leadership roles he worked on community building, poverty reduction, early childhood education, and deaf and hard-of-hearing rights and policies.

Bill Irving
Board Vice President
Bill is a real estate broker with Copper West Real Estate and licensed in OR and WA with direct experience in development. Bill has been a long standing member of the City of Hood River Planning Commission. Both of these roles have provided Bill with a grounded understanding of the costs and supply challenges in providing affordable housing as well as the seemingly endless unmet demand.

Candice Richards
Board Secretary
Candice is a real estate broker with Copper West Real Estate and a former registered nurse. Raised in Hood River, Candice is passionate about helping future generations to flourish in the vibrant Gorge community.

Chris Heald
Board Treasurer
Chris is a 4th generation Oregonian, who values his roots. As a veteran and retired auto mechanic he values the need for families to have a stake in their community. “Home ownership has been THE BEST WAY for me to invest not only in my family’s future, but in my neighborhood and community. I see the supporting of quality, efficient, affordable home ownership as a total win for both Hood River and Klickitat counties and the folks who live here”.

Anne Medenbach
Board Member
Anne is the founding Member of this organization.  Without her we would not be where we are today!

Greg Crafts
Board Member
While preparing to retire from the tech industry in the early 90s, Greg and his wife bought a second home in Hood River. While he ultimately moved here full time, he felt like he was adding to the problem of affordability of housing in Hood River. For that reason, he started many affordable housing projects in the area including Katie/Andy’s Way, Cottage Lane, and many others with the goal of getting first-time buyers into their homes.

Doug Archbald
Board Member
Before settling in Hood River in 2004, Doug lived seasonally in Aspen, Colorado, home to the oldest and largest deed restricted workforce housing program in North America. There he witnessed first hand the power of housing built and managed in perpetuity for affordability to deliver home ownership to locals otherwise priced out of the market. As a local Realtor, Doug has long seen the need for a similar program in The Columbia Gorge. He is excited to participate in BRCLT’s mission of providing affordable home ownership in the Gorge’s increasingly inaccessible market.

Bradley Finson
Board Member
Brad is an insurance producer for Columbia River Insurance and is also a mortgage loan originator. Through his career in mortgage lending in The Gorge, Brad has witnessed the need for more affordable housing options in the area. He feels that people should be able to buy a home where they work.


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