Photo: Dick Broom

Photo: Dick Broom


Kevin Bunker, Founding Principal, Developers Collaborative, Presentation: Challenges for Successful Development: A Framework for Innovation

John Dorrer, Labor Economist, Presentation: MID Workforce Dynamics and the Associated Housing Challenges

Philippe Jordi, Executive Director, Island Housing Trust of Martha’s Vineyard, Presentation: Vision 2020

Kyle Shank, Board Member, Island Housing Trust of MDI, Presentation: Turning Numbers Into Action


  • Hannah PingreeNorth Haven Sustainable Housing
  • Liza Fleming-Ives, Deputy Director, Genesis Community Loan Fund
  • Robert Osborne, Planning Director, Town of Bar Harbor      

Island Housing Trust
Island Housing Symposium

Thursday, May 11, 2-7pm

MDI Biological Lab, Maren Auditorium

MDI community members, town and business leaders, IHT board and staff, and guest speakers joined to

  • learn about strategies for creating housing opportunities
  • discuss housing solutions on MDI 
  • generate ideas and opportunities to work together as a community        
  • inform IHT's future work

See a summary of notes from the community voices portion of the evening here.  


Thank you to our sponsors:

Community Leaders

Community Builders

Community Partners

Darlings, EMR Inc., Falt Builders, Eric Henry Contracting, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, MDI Hospital, Nelson F. Goodwin Co., LS Robinson Insurance, Stanley Subaru


Island Housing Symposium Presenters & Featured Participants

John Dorrer, left, with IHT Board President Ted Koffman at College of the Atlantic, May 2016

John Dorrer, left, with IHT Board President Ted Koffman at College of the Atlantic, May 2016

JOHN DORRER is a labor economist and workforce analyst focused on human capital development including strategic planning, research and evaluation and performance improvement.  Over the past 35 years, Dorrer has worked at the local, state and national level in a variety of leadership, executive and technical roles.  Most recently, he served as Senior Advisor at Georgetown University, Center on Education and the Workforce where he helped organize a multi state research consortium bringing together state policymakers with academic economists and data scientists to examine links between state education and training investments with economic and labor market performance.  He also  led the efforts at Jobs for the Future in Boston to test the real time labor market information tools within a national network of community colleges to determine how this new technology can assist in creating more market responsive programs of study, align curriculum content with skill requirements and shape strategies that better align community colleges with regional economies

PHILIPPE JORDI is the executive director of the Island Housing Trust, a non-profit community development corporation and community land trust on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Philippe’s work with the Trust has focused on creating a mosaic of scattered site ownership and rental housing that fits within existing neighborhoods and provide long-term affordability through ground lease restrictions and energy efficient design and construction. He has twenty-eight years of experience as a community development specialist, is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners, and earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York.

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KEVIN BUNKER is a founding principal of Developers Collaborative. Kevin founded DC with Richard Berman after graduating with distinction in 2007 from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design with a Master in Urban Planning degree. A former municipal planner and lobsterman in the Rockland area, Kevin is a principal on all of DC’s current projects, which have averaged about $30 million per year in recent years and run the gamut from residential to industrial.  Kevin brings experience in complex financing models including tax increment financing, use of tax credits, and other public private partnerships, all leading to creative projects that build community and strengthen the Maine economy in innovative ways.  Kevin is also an activist promoting the causes of smart growth and downtowns at the state and local level.  Kevin lives in Brunswick with his wife Amanda and their daughters Alex and Natalie.


HANNAH PINGREE of North Haven was elected for four terms to the Maine House of Representatives, where she served as the House Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, as the House Majority Leader, and as the Speaker of the House. In the Legislature, she represented eleven island and coastal towns in Knox and Hancock Counties, including several communities on Mount Desert Island. She focused on issues of health care and public health, economic development, housing, fishing, and alternative energy. After being term-limited from the legislature, Hannah has worked as the business manager of her family’s inn, restaurant, and farm and she manages North Haven Sustainable Housing, an organization that builds community workforce housing and that is also developing a small eldercare facility for island seniors. Hannah hosts a weekly MPBN public affairs show, and serves on her local school board.


LIZA FLEMING-IVES serves as Deputy Director of the Genesis Community Loan Fund. In this position, which she has held since 2005, she provides technical assistance and underwrites loans to community organizations that are developing affordable housing or community facilities across Maine. She identifies and secures new sources of investment capital and equity for the Fund, oversees compliance with funder requirements, assists with strategic planning, and keeps abreast of industry trends and opportunities to develop new programs. In 2011 Liza developed an initiative to fund affordable housing on Maine’s year-round islands for which the Genesis Fund won a national award for innovation. Liza serves on the board of directors of the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition and is a former committee member of the Island Institute's Coastal and Island Innovation Fund. Prior to joining the staff of the Genesis Fund, Liza worked for Maine Initiatives, a state-wide social change foundation. Liza holds a B.A. from Smith College and a Master's in Social Work from the University of Michigan.