RICHARD ANDERSON, BOARD
Bird Twin: Hyacinth Macaw
Why Commongrounds? Joining the Birdhouse allows me to work with a crazy great and audacious group of people working to create a values inspired intentional community and with it, an urban landscape that supports the talent that makes Traverse City what it can be.
About Richard: Richard Anderson is the Co-owner of Iron Fish Distillery, Michigan's first farm distillery and future tenant in collaboration with Higher Grounds and a restaurant operator.
KATE REDMAN, PROJECT DIRECTOR & BOARD
Bird Twin: Rock Pigeon Why Commongrounds? Because I can't wait to hang out in this building.
About Kate: Kate is a community enterprise attorney and founder of Commonplace Law and Commonplace, a coworking space and future tenant of Commongrounds.
CHRIS TRETER, BOARD
Bird Twin: Feather Duster Owl
Why Commongrounds? To germinate community-based development that addresses the needs of the ecosystem, workforce, and local population with spaces that foster a sharing and collaborative economy.
MEGAN OLDS, FLOCK COORDINATOR
Bird Twin: Raven
Why Commongrounds? I’m energized by the opportunity for everyone in the community to invest and generate equity in a real estate development project.
About Megan: Megan supports communities and organizations as the founder of Parallel Solutions LLC, and serves on the board of directors of Commonplace, a coworking space and future tenant of Commongrounds.
NAN PEREZ, CONSTRUCTION OWNER’S REPRESENTATIVE
Bird Twin: Hardhat Bird
Why Commongrounds? Commongrounds encompasses some of my most treasured passions in my most treasured hometown: construction, building community & connections, and coffee. Let’s put a shovel in the ground!
RAY KENDRA, ENVIRONMENT ARCHITECTS
Bird Twin: Ruffled Grouse
Why Commongrounds? I want to help facilitate an integrated design and process for a unique community driven development.
ED BAILEY, CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT ADVISOR
Bird Twin: Red-Tailed Hawk
Why Commongrounds? My interest in the project is about the opportunity to work with the people involved. Having a great project also helps.
SAKURA TAKANO, FINANCING LEAD
Bird Twin: Japanese Crane
Why Commongrounds? I’m excited to optimize federal, state, and local resources to develop and implement workforce and housing solutions in Traverse City.
KATE ROSE, COMMUNICATIONS
Bird Twin: Chicken with the Good Hair
Why Commongrounds? I believe in the people who are coming together to make this a reality. The project team, LLC owners, tenant partners, and our growing flock of supporters are all creating something exceptionally awesome.
About Kate: Kate Rose is a communication strategist and freelance writer for social impact organizations.
JOEY DIFRANCO, COMMUNICATIONS LEAD
Bird Twin: Beardimus Birdimus
Why Commongrounds? I strongly believe that when we all work together as a community, amazing things happen in Traverse City.
About Joey: Joey is the Creative Director at TentCraft, SEEDS board member and vintage camper enthusiast.
ANDREW STRALEY, COMMUNICATIONS
Bird Twin: Great (tall) White Egret
Why Commongrounds? I want to be a part of and help build a community that inspires the people of Traverse City.
About Andrew: Andrew is a digital marketer at TentCraft in Traverse City and proud early bird owner.
ELISE CRAFTS, ZONING & COMMUNICATIONS
Bird Twin: Northern Cardinal
Why Commongrounds? I love people, animal puns, and well-designed spaces. I’m eager to connect with the many birds who make this project possible.
About Elise: Elise is the founder of Statecraft and co-director of Commonplace, future tenant of Commongrounds.