Board of Directors


Chela O’Connor, President

Chela Bordas O’Connor is an attorney, real estate investor and activist.  She graduated from Madison East High School, UC Berkeley, and UW Madison Law School.  Chela has extensive experience in Renewable Energy Public Policy,  Nonprofit Administration, and activism.  Chela brings a passion to help non-traditional populations access the true development of generational wealth and equity.

Kaba Bah, Director

Kaba Bah has over 13 years of experience working on NASA/NOAA advanced geostationary satellite images, studying the environment as a Research Scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Space Science & Engineering Center. Mr. Bah has an M.S. in applied Physics and an M.S. in Atmospheric & Oceanic Science. He plays critical roles in a wide variety of cutting-edge research relating to global satellite remote sensing. Mr. Bah is currently the vice President of a non-profit sister city called the Madison-Kanifing Sister city. Mr. Bah is also a licensed realtor and owner of Kaba-Baal LLC, which is a local real estate investment company primarily focused on affordable housing and building generational wealth in under-served communities.

Abby Davidson, Secretary

Abby is a building products engineer at PFS TECO who holds degrees from UW-Madison and Madison College. She is a longtime advocate of cooperative housing, an all-weather biker, and aerial dancer. She currently serves on the boards of Freewheel Bicycle Collective, Madison Area Cooperative Housing Alliance (MACHA), and Sunny Side Development.

Paul Schechter, Treasurer

Paul Schechter is an environmental activist, entrepreneur and real estate professional. He went to UW-Madison and the University of Edinburgh for undergraduate and graduate school respectively. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Sunny Side Development and sits on the board of several housing nonprofits.

Jevon Diming, Director

Jevon Diming is a youth mentor who founded Pierre Outreach Services, an organization that creates safe spaces for black girls who need help overcoming troubles at home, at school or in their peer groups.

Tynnetta Jackson, Director

Tynnetta Jackson spent over 20 years as a Youth Director, she is a community activist, public speaker,  an organizer, and the Co-Founder of SOULS (Solomon’s Outreach and Urban Learning Sessions), board member of City School, member of Urban League, Emerge Wisconsin graduate and a small business owner of Tygress Vacations a travel agency.

Colleen Robinson, Director

Colleen grew up in Madison. She is an environmental educator and communications specialist who invests a great deal of time exploring her own connections to the natural environment and helping others do the same. Interdependence, diversity, and cooperation are key to life. Colleen has always been interested in how communities can learn from existing models of these qualities in natural and built environments. Colleen brings to this Board interpersonal skills, knowledge of environmental systems, project and events coordination experience, and extensive teaching and facilitation background for various learning styles. “The sale of the Voit Farm offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build more strength, collaboration, and resilience for residents and the City as a whole.”

Lance Green, Director

With an eternal zest for natural truths and desires for a better world, Lance pursued a BS/MS in physics and a lifetime of activism. His widely ranging path includes teaching math and physics in high school and college, managing radiation safety at a nuclear weapons facility, running a pilot for Madison’s recycling program, and serving as Wisconsin DNR’s ozone depletion specialist/regulator. Posing as “Mr. Green Genes,” Lance gave over 150 talks on Reduce-Reuse-Recycle, mostly to K-12 classes. He helped start up the Wisconsin Network for Peace, Justice and Sustainability and spent years on the board and newsletter editor and has served on the SASY Neighborhood council. Now in retirement mode, Lance stays active on the Friends of Starkweather Creek board and Sustainable Madison Committee, while often paddling, biking and hiking around our beautiful state. He envisions our community embracing a healthy communion of sustainable development, natures wonders and personal joy.

E.B. Baumer, Director

A believer in change, growth and creating personal meaning; EB Baumer is a Psychotherapist and Career Counselor in the Madison Area. Founder and Co-Owner of Sage Career and Life Consultants E.B. works every day to guide others to reach their full potential. E.B. received their undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin in Journalism and Counseling Psychology respectively. A longtime member and activist in the Madison Queer community and is passionate in supporting the under-housed from a mental health perspective and advocating for affordable housing on all levels. 


Our Board ratified bylaws are located here.