The Clarksville Community Development Corporation (CCDC), the neighborhood organization for Clarksville is a nonprofit organization. It was established in July 1978 by a group of Clarksville activists, who were concerned about the gentrification of the neighborhood and the displacement of long time residents, and who wanted to protect Clarksville’s history.

Our Missions

The CCDC has three key missions:

  1.  Preserve the history of Clarksville. Among other things, the CCDC maintains the historic Haskell House as a museum to Clarksville; fights the demolition of houses that contribute to the Clarksville National Register Historic District; works with property owners to help them identify appropriate ways to remodel or enlarge their historically contributing homes; sponsors events to educate neighborhood residents about the history of Clarksville; and responds to media questions about that history.
  2. Build and maintain a strong sense of community in the neighborhood. The CCDC achieves this mission mainly by organizing neighborhood events. The events bring residents together and also provide opportunities for residents to become more involved with their neighborhood through volunteerism.
  3. Maintain the economic and ethnic diversity of Clarksville through our affordable housing program. The CCDC’s homes and duplexes are scattered throughout the neighborhood and provide 15 families with housing. For more information about this program and for a rental application go to (link. Rose can provide).

The CCDC Board of Directors

The CCDC is directed by a 9-member volunteer board of directors who are elected to two-year terms by members of the organization. All members are either current or former residents of Clarksville.

Becoming a CCDC member is free and easy.  Simply share your email address and street address with us by going to (email address). Check out this map (live link to map) first however to make sure that you are living or used to live in Clarksville.

Board elections are held every April and the results are announced just before the start of the CCDC’s Annual Meeting. During that meeting the board president and treasurer as well as the CCDC’s part-time property manager deliver reports to the neighborhood about the organization’s accomplishments, challenges and financial status.

All of our board meetings are open to anyone. They begin at 6:30pm and take place on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, except December, at the Pauline Brown Clarksville Neighborhood Center, 1807 West 11th Street, which is owned by the CCDC.

Current Board Members

Mary Reed, President. Mary has lived in Clarksville since 1989 and has served on the CCDC board of directors for more than 16 years. For the last nine of those years, she has been president of the board; earlier, she served as the organization’s treasurer. She loves being involved with the CCDC and is extremely proud of the organization – the work it does to preserve Clarksville’s special history, the wide variety of events it puts on for the neighborhood, and most of all, the CCDC’s affordable housing program. Mary is also Clarksville's representative on the Old West Austin Neighborhood Contact Team.

Chris Thomas, Vice President. Chris has lived in Clarksville for 15 years and has been on the CCDC board since 2003. He has worn many hats during his tenure on the board, including interim board president (2007), creator and web master of the CCDC web site, events planner, and chair of the CCDC Tenant Selection Committee. Chris has also worked with other board members to establish policies and procedures for the CCDC including the current tenant selection guidelines, the recommended neighborhood design standards, and property management procedures.

Teri Taylor, Treasurer. Although no longer a resident of the neighborhood, Teri Taylor continues to feel connected to the community and invested in the preservation of the neighborhood’s heritage and its thoughtful growth.  She has served six years as a board member of the CCDC, four in which she’s served as the organization’s Treasurer.  In her tenure on the board she’s seen the organization grow out of debt, fully renovate two historic properties, and successfully apply for and receive city of Austin funding for additional new low-income housing.  It’s been her privilege to serve this amazing community.

Kim O’Brien, Secretary. Kim has lived in Clarksville for over twenty years and has been on the CCDC board for the past eleven years, serving most of that time as the board secretary. Her two children attended Mathews Elementary and she’s maintained her involvement there by serving as the board’s liaison to the school. The history of Clarksville is of special interest to Kim and is proud to serve on this board that works to preserve it. She is also proud to participate in CCDC’s efforts to maintain affordable housing in the neighborhood.

RuthAnn Brown. RuthAnn was born and raised in Clarksville and continues to live in this wonderful neighborhood. In fact she is the fifth generation of her family to live in the neighborhood—Fannie Allen, Matilda Allen Carrington, Clara H. Carrington Stewart, Pauline Gladys Stewart Brown, and now, she and her siblings, Pumpkin, Archie, and Jackie.

RuthAnn views her service on the board as a way to give back to Clarksville. But, she also sees it as an opportunity to honor the memory and accomplishments of her mother, Pauline Brown, who was one of the founders of the CCDC.

Aubrey Carter. Born and raised in Texas, Aubrey has lived in Clarksville since 1989. He first served on the CCDC board from 2001 to 2004, but chose not to run again due to the birth of his twins. He was re-elected to the board in 2012. According to Aubrey, “Clarksville is a living museum, but demolitions and development that is insensitive to our neighborhood’s history is threatening that museum.” He hopes that through his involvement with the CCDC he can help preserve it.

Malcolm Greenstein. Malcolm moved to Clarksville in the 1970s when Patterson Avenue was unpaved and the neighborhood residents were primarily African-American families, hippies and college students. When developers began buying the homes of long-time residents and gentrifying the neighborhood, he joined with a group of his neighbors, including Pauline Brown and Mary Baylor, and started the Clarksville Community Development Corporation. Obtaining funds from different sources, the organization was able to provide housing to a number of low and moderate-income families.      

Except for a disastrous period when the Board was controlled by a group of self-serving individuals, Malcolm has been a member of the Board, and often its attorney, since the CCDC’s inception.

Rushmi Kumar. Rushmi has been a Clarksville resident for 8 years. She was appointed to fill a vacancy on the CCDC board in January 2013 and was elected to serve a full term in 2014. Affordable housing, historic preservation, and community development are important to Rushmi. She has a background in engineering and finance.

Gregory Tran. Gregory was born and raised in Texas and has lived in Austin off and on since the 1990’s.  While looking for a neighborhood to settle down in, he fell in love with the history and architecture of Clarksville, and has lived there with his family ever since. Greg runs a real estate team, the Gregory Group, which specializes in residential sales in the central Austin area.

CCDC Advisors (bios to come)

John Henneberger

Elliot Naishtat

Scott Marks

Kathy Tyler