Board of Directors

Sierra Watson

Sierra King Watson was born and raised in Berkshire County. While still attending High School at Mount Everett, she started her career with Salisbury Bank and Trust (SBT) and began learning the dynamics of banking. She has since been with SBT for 8 years and served many different positions.

 

Sierra has participated in many community events, lending her skills and time while also building relationships throughout the business community. Many of her mentors and friends have inspired her to participate more in the public sphere, and she feels that serving on the board of BerkShares will be a great introduction to board service, and a way to help develop future changes to our community.

Susan Witt

Susan Witt is the Executive Director of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics, heir to the legacy programs of the E. F. Schumacher Society. She helped found the Schumacher Society in 1980 and led the development of its publication, library, seminar, and other educational programs.  She helped found the Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires in 1980 to create more affordable access to land for housing, farming, and small business development. In 2006 she co-founded BerkShares, and before that created and administered the SHARE micro-credit program, the precursor to BerkShares. A Rotarian since 1989, she was the first woman President of the Great Barrington Club.  She lives and works on Community Land Trust land in Egremont.

Tim Geller

Tim Geller is Executive Director of the Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire (CDCSB), a non-profit development organization that creates affordable housing and economic opportunity for low- and moderate-income households. Over the last seven years, CDCSB has leveraged over $13 million in public and private investment for southern Berkshire County and created fifty affordable housing units. CDCSB has over 160 housing units in their development pipeline, and 40,000 square feet of commercial space.Before joining CDCSB, Tim was Portfolio Manager of the Western Massachusetts Enterprise Fund, and was Founder and President of the Berkshire Interfaith Community Investment Fund. He has a Master’s Degree in Community Economic Development from the University of Southern New Hampshire, as well as degrees in music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Southern Methodist University and Princeton University.He has served on the Board of BerkShares since 2012 and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Stockbridge Land Trust, the Great Barrington Land Conservancy, and HousingUs, a tri-state affordable housing advocacy and development organization.

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