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Durham Community Land Trustees Hires New Executive Director, Sherry Taylor

Durham Community Land Trustees (DCLT), a community land trust that develops, manages and advocates for permanent affordable housing, has named Sherry Taylor as its new Executive Director, effective immediately.  

Taylor has served as the Interim Executive Director for DCLT since the retirement of Selina Mack at the end of December, and as Asset Manager since May 2020. During her tenure, Taylor has been responsible for creating and executing a development and acquisition strategy in a highly competitive real estate market as well as overseeing DCLT’s pipeline of projects, partnership development, and project financing. As Executive Director, Taylor’s focus will continue to be on finding creative and entrepreneurial ways to expand DCLT’s portfolio and impact. Her duties will also include strategic planning, and fundraising. 

“We are thrilled to have Sherry in this new role,” said Happy Sayre-McCord, President of the DCLT Board of Directors. “Her prodigious skills, knowledge of the organization, and indefatigable work ethic make her a tremendous asset.”  

Taylor has fifteen years of experience in real estate development and urban planning. Prior to joining DCLT, she managed $70 million of property with a federal interest for GoTriangle, which provides public transportation service for the Research Triangle Region. She has also worked as a land use and long-range planner for Wake County and as a project manager for a development consulting firm in Charlotte. Throughout her career, Taylor has acquired the leadership experience, project management, team-building skills, and vision that the Executive Director role requires.  

Beyond her professional experience, Taylor has been a resident of the Durham metro area for the past fifteen years and is acutely aware of how housing costs affect low-income residents and communities.  

“I have a passion for creating positive change in underserved communities and am thrilled to continue my leadership in service of DCLT’s mission,” said Taylor. “I look forward to building new partnerships, working with staff, and generating new opportunities to create more permanently affordable housing in our city.” 

For more information, contact us at info@dclt.org or (919) 490-0063.