Our Team: the Birdhouse Flock

 

board & leadership

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

building design & financing

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

communications

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.