April 6, 2020
Commonwealth Land Trust Names Iva Comey as President

Iva Comey
November 11, 2019 — Commonwealth Land Trust, a Boston-based nonprofit that works to preserve neighborhoods and prevent homelessness, recently announced that Iva Comey has been named as its next president and chief executive officer.

Comey will succeed Ellen Tan, who will retire in December after 25 years building Commonwealth Land Trust (CLT) to its current level with seven properties that provide housing for formerly homeless residents in Boston and Lawrence.

“Iva Comey brings deep experience in strategic, outcome-focused management of programs for the communities that CLT serves,” said Ellen Tan.

Comey said, “Ellen has created a unique business model and an effective organization to achieve CLT’s goals of preventing homelessness and preserving neighborhoods. It is a privilege for me to join CLT, to continue the great work that is being done in support of this mission.”

Comey currently is assistant director of the Office of Children, Youth and Families within the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, managing programs involving state agencies, local communities, human services providers, and private vendors.

Previously she was deputy commissioner for operations management at the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance and senior finance manager at Justice Resource Institute.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science/international relations from American University in Bulgaria, a combined Master of Business Administration/Master of Science degree in finance from Northeastern University, and a Master of Arts degree in political science from Central European University in Budapest.

"Ellen Tan has done an amazing job of consolidating the management of CLT’s diverse portfolio of rental housing, developing a system of case-management services, maintaining a strong financial base, and strengthening our board and staff. We will miss her greatly. We are very enthusiastic about what Iva Comey will bring to CLT to build on this success,” said CLT board chair Arthur Johnson.

Founded in 1985 to provide supportive, affordable housing and on-site case management services to some of Massachusetts’ most vulnerable residents, CLT today owns and manages more than 400 units of affordable housing, serving 650 formerly people.

CLT’s portfolio includes two types of housing: affordable apartments serving homeless and low- to moderate-income families, and supportive housing programs serving homeless, disabled, and very low-income individuals. The majority of CLT’s supportive housing residents are struggling with multiple health problems, including physical disabilities, mental health challenges, addictions, and HIV/AIDS.

CLT partners with nearly four dozen nonprofit, medical, and government organizations.

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