CHARLES G. LIEF, Co-founder - Chuck was the first President of the Greyston Foundation in Yonkers, New York, leaving after 11 years to co-found the Hartland Group in 2003. During his tenure, Greyston grew from a small non-profit with a handful of employees into a multi-service community development organization with 180 employees and an annual operating budget of $14 million. From 1992 Greyston created $45 million of affordable housing and community development projects and expanded the Greyston Bakery, a premier national model of social enterprise with annual sales of more than $6 million and a workforce of 75.
Prior to joining Greyston, Chuck served as a managing partner of a Colorado law firm (1977-1983); built, owned and operated an award-winning historic hotel and restaurant in Halifax, Nova Scotia and wrote two best-selling cookbooks. He was the Chief Operating Officer of Maritime Capital Management, a Halifax-based real estate development, property management and general contracting company (1984-1992).
Chuck has served as the Treasurer and then Board Chair of the Intervale Center, which develops farm and land-based businesses that generate economic and social opportunity (www.intervale.org). He is the Vice President of the board of the Vermont Community Loan Fund (www.vclf.org). He is the Chair of the Board of Managers of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Flexible Capital Fund (www.vclf.org). Chuck was a past Chair of the board of the Social Enterprise Alliance (www.se-alliance.org), the pre-eminent international association of organizations that advance their social missions through entrepreneurial, non-profit strategies . He is a founding trustee and current Chair of the Board of Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado having served since 1984. He is a consultant to Amida Care, a New York City based nonprofit Medicaid HMO serving 5,000 enrolled members with health care access and case management.
Chuck earned a JD from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1977 and a BA in sociology from Brandeis University in 1972. He lives in Colchester, Vermont with his wife, Judith, and has two daughters and two grandchildren.
JUSTIN DEXTRADEUR, Project Manager - Justin has been with the Hartland Group since August 2006, before which he spent five years as the Development Project Manager for Cathedral Square Corporation, Vermont's largest non-profit provider of affordable senior and special needs housing.
He is a past Chair of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, where he has served as the county's at-large Socioeconomic-Housing representative since 2005.
His prior work experience in Vermont includes affordable housing research and outreach for the UVM/HUD Community Outreach Partnership Center, conducting sewer capacity and build-out analyses and mapping for the Town of Williston, mapping for the USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service, and researching preferential open land taxation programs for Forest Watch.
Originally from Connecticut, Justin received a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Connecticut, where he developed land cover mapping for a 90 square-mile watershed and adapted it for use in non-point source pollution modeling through an individualized program of study as University Scholar. He earned his Masters in Natural Resource Planning at the University of Vermont, researching residential development patterns and preferences in Chittenden County.
Justin and his wife Jen live in Burlington, Vermont with their dog, Gus.