Who We Are & How To Get Involved
The CCDC was established in 1978 by a diverse group of neighborhood activists. They included: Carey Baylor, Mary Baylor, Pauline Brown, Malcolm Greenstein, Elliott Naishat, Mary Robinson, Lena Stewart, Freddie Strong, and Charles Walker, many of whom are in the photos to the right.
Becoming a CCDC member is free and easy. If you live in Clarksville* — now or in the past — and you are at least 18 years of age, you're eligible. Simply fill out this membership application form. *CCDC membership boundaries: The south side of West 12th from West Lynn to Charlotte, the south side of Waterston from Charlotte to MoPac, West 10th from West Lynn to MoPac and along with the following streets: Patterson, Theresa, West 8th August, Frances and Julia.
Board elections are held the third Tuesday of every April with results announced at the CCDC’s Annual Meeting that same day. 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 historic Haskell House, 1703 Waterston Avenue..
Responsibilities of CCDC Board Members
All CCDC board members are expected to do the following:
1. Actively support all three of the CCDC's missions: 1. Preserve the history of Clarksville; 2. Build and maintain a strong sense of community in the neighborhood; 3. Maintain the diversity of Clarksville through the CCDC’s affordable housing program. For more information, go here: http://www.clarksvillecdc.org/our-missions
2. Attend the CCDC's board meetings, which take place on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, but December. They begin at 6:30 and typically end by 8.
3. Help with the CCDC's events, especially with the Clarksville Family Fun Fest, which is labor-intensive. Other events include an annual ice cream social and a Christmas caroling party. As often as possible, the CCDC also organizes and hosts a Halloween haunted house at the Haskell House. In addition, the organization sponsors periodic special events. For example, the organization has hosted neighborhood walking tours, a Clarksville history hunt (co-hosted with Preservation Austin), a photo exhibit at Jeffry's and ArtWorks, and Potlucks in the Park. Board members don't have to be part of every event, but it's expected that all board members will help with some.
4. Testify on behalf of the CCDC at hearings before the Historic Landmark Commission, the Planning Commission and the City Council. However, the CCDC understands that some people don't like public speaking.
5. Review and comment on the CCDC's proposed annual budget and monthly financials.
6. Advise and assist the CCDC's property manager as necessary.
7. Review and comment on the documents or policies the CCDC may develop or revise.
8. Discuss tenant related matters and other sensitive issues in Executive Session when necessary.
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 17 years. For the last ten of those years, she has been president of the board; earlier, she served as the organization’s treasurer. Mary considers her involvement with the CCDC to be one of the most rewarding experiences in her life and she is extremely proud of the work the CCDC does to preserve Clarksville’s history and of the many events it hosts for the neighborhood. Most of all however, she is proud of the CCDC’s affordable housing program. In addition, Mary appreciates the dedication and hard work of the CCDC board of directors and of the people who volunteer to help the organization pursue its missions. She is Clarksville's representative on the Old West Austin Neighborhood Contact Team. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
BJ Friedman, Treasurer. BJ moved to Austin in 1978 to attend graduate school at the University of Texas and never left. That's because she loves where she lives. She's always lived in neighborhoods near Clarksville and fell in love with Clarksville when she and her husband rented a house on Woodlawn while they were students. They also lived in the old UT Deep Eddy family apartments and owned a house on W. 10th near O. Henry Junior High. In 1992, they had the opportunity to buy a lot on Patterson and build their house, the one with red neon street numbers.
What attracted her to Clarksville was the diversity of the people who live here. She's sad to see that some of that diversity has been lost due to the soaring property values. But CCDC is committed to preserving that diversity. And she is committed to the mission of CCDC to promote the economic diversity of the neighborhood through affordable housing. That's what makes Clarksville unique and worth preserving. email@example.com
Kim O’Brien, Secretary. Kim has lived in the neighborhood for over twenty years and has been on the CCDC board for the past twelve 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
Aly Byatt. Aly is a sixth generation Texan who was raised in Houston. She moved to Austin at 17 to pursue her undergraduate degree at UT. While there, she shared her love of Texas history as a tour guide, leading tours around the capitol and throughout downtown.
Aly’s work in theatre took her to New York City, but she always hoped to return to her home state. She is thrilled therefore to have recently relocated to Clarksville with her husband Griffin and their little dog Bunny.
Aly is excited about the opportunity to grow roots in Clarksville and as the CCDC’s newest board member, she looks forward to helping preserve the neighborhood’s history and supporting the CCDC’s affordable housing program. She also wants to use her theater skills to help the CCDC make its events better than ever. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
Paula Hern. Paula and her husband Tom have lived on Francis Ave. since 1989. They have always been conscious of being caretakers of an older home and part of the larger neighborhood. They added an addition to their the rear of home to in the 90s to accommodate a visiting and growing family, but made sure that the view of the home from the street remained the same.
Paula has been a member of OWANA for over ten years, served on its steering committee for six years, and continues to serve on the organization's community activities committee.
Paula is a social worker with a private practice in central Austin. She sees mainly children, adolescents and families. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com