HOPE Partnership is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing
affordable workforce housing opportunities in Middlesex County and along the shoreline.


Established in 2003 with the support of the United Way to address the shortage of affordable workforce housing in our area, HOPE is focused on finding housing solutions for low-income people who suffer disproportionately from the housing crisis.


Our philosophy is to collaborate with town government, builders, and other private partners to build housing that is attractive, sustainable and appropriate to the surrounding neighborhood. It is these partnerships that form the dynamic that make this process successful.




Karla Lindquist

Executive Director


Board of Directors

The HOPE Partnership Board of Directors is an active and working board.

With minimal staff, HOPE Partnership could not have accomplished so much is a short period of time without the expertise and time commitment of each Board member.


Since its inception, HOPE Partnership has attracted Board members and volunteers who represent a broad segment of the community with diverse skill sets. They include elected officials, engineers, architects, developers, human service providers, financial services professionals, and land use attorneys.  

Board Officers
President — Dave Carswell
Vice President — Pamela Days-Luketich
Secretary — Betsy Ballard
Treasurer — Cal Price

Board Members

Lauren Ashe

Stephen Dowler

DG Fitton

Elizabeth Kuhns

Tony Lyons

Preston Maynard

Bill Neale

John O'Grady

Bonnie Reemsnyder

Peter Roos

Lon Seidman

Aman Singh

Les Swenson



Our Advisory Council

Diane Arnold

President & CEO, Essex Savings Bank


Noel Bishop

1st Selectman, Town of Westbrook

Tim Boyd

William Pitt Sothebys Real Estate

Kara Brewster
Captain Stannard House, Westbrook

Ed Cassella
Cloutier & Cassella, LLC


Herb Clark
Clark Group

Laura Corning
Owner, The Monkey Farm

Jim Crawford

Retired Teacher

Glenn Davis
VP Community Development, Liberty Bank

Linda Drohan
Owner, 1st HOPE Home

John Duhig
Retired, Fortune Plastics

Carl Fortuna
1st Selectman, Town of Old Saybrook

Bob Fusari
Real Estate Services of CT

Tim Geelan
President & CEO, Guilford Savings Bank

Lenny Goldberg
Co-owner, Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale

James Jackson
President & CEO, The Essex Group

Brian O’Connor
Middlesex Chamber of Commerce

Maureen O’Grady
Owner, Rachel Thomas Real Estate

Thomas Ortoleva

Maria Foss Rand

Mark Robinson
Retired Pastor

Jacqueline Ward
Executive Director, Westbrook Youth & Family Services

Kevin Wilhelm
Executive Director, Middlesex United Way

The continued and generous support of Middlesex United Way makes it possible for HOPE to continue making strides in addressing the need for affordable housing in Middlesex County and on the shoreline.