What do you do?
Robert Koenig Jr.
Where do you work and what is your title?
I am the executive director of the Rocky Mountain Community Land Trust, which is one of about 165 community land trusts across the United States . We are the only community land trust in southern Colorado.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
My responsibilities include leading a team of five staff and numerous volunteers at our local non-profit organization. Our mission is to help limited-income families and individuals become first-time homebuyers and to collaborate with other local non-profit organizations such as Partners In Housing and Greccio Housing to provide transitional housing units and affordable rental units for homeless and very-low/low-income families and individuals
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
I retired from the Air Force in December 1997 and have been at the Land Trust since February 1998. Our non-profit relocated to the Westside in December 2006 when we purchased the property at 1212 West Colorado Ave.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
I like being part of a team that is committed to helping improve our community by assisting families and individuals find quality affordable housing.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
Funding seems to be a limiting factor in what you can accomplish regardless of your business or mission. My wish is to have $1,000,000 that would allow our organization to help meet the unexpected financial challenges of the families in the Land Trust program or in our many collaborative projects.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
I went straight from college into the Air Force. My Air Force career taught me the importance of teamwork, taking care of people and planning for the future (both short-term and long- term). What I was not prepared for was enjoying Colorado Springs so much that our plans to move back to Pittsburgh after my Air Force career never happened. Colorado Springs is our new home.
What makes working on the Westside special?
Having an office on the Westside that feels like home and being close to the downtown to attend business meetings.
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