Sherry Taylor

Sherry Taylor is the Executive Director of Durham Community Land Trustees (DCLT), an affordable housing nonprofit dedicated to creating sustainable housing solutions for low and moderate-income families. With 16 years of experience in the nonprofit, government, and private sectors, Sherry is a seasoned real estate developer who brings a wealth of knowledge in commercial real estate consulting and urban planning to her role at DCLT.

Sherry holds a Master’s degree in City & Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in International Real Estate Development from Florida International University. She is also a licensed real estate professional, underscoring her deep expertise and commitment to the field.

Under Sherry’s leadership, DCLT is pioneering innovative projects such as CLTplusOne and Alma Street Commons. CLTplusOne pairs a land trust home with an accessory dwelling unit, enhancing the purchasing power of low and moderate-income buyers. Alma Street Commons is a regenerative, environmentally sustainable affordable housing development that aims to meet the rigorous standards of the Living Building Challenge green building certification.

Sherry’s strategic vision and dedication to affordable housing development continue to drive DCLT’s mission forward, ensuring that more families have access to quality, affordable homes.

“I have a passion for creating positive change in underserved communities and am thrilled to continue my leadership in service of DCLT’s mission,” said Taylor. “I look forward to building new partnerships, working with staff, and generating new opportunities to create more permanently affordable housing in our city.” 

Here are some of Sherry’s speaking engagements that enable her to educate others about the history and model of community land trusts, as well as how DCLT has effectively utilized this model to serve the communities within Durham:

–      UnidosUS Annual Conference (Las Vegas, July 2024)

–      Volunteer of America’s National Conference (Washington, DC, May 2024)

–      New Growth Innovation Network CityScapes Summit (Durham, May 2024)

–      Health Foundation of South Florida’s Housing & Health Summit (Miami, November 2023)

–      Casita Coalition’s Build the Middle National Housing Convening (San Diego, November 2023)

–      Urban Land Institute LA Fall Meeting (Los Angeles, October 2023)

–      Shelterforce’s Under the Lens series (Online, January 2023)

–      Grounded Solutions’ National Conference (Washington, DC, May 2022)

–      IFLI’s Living Future Annual Conference (Online, April 2022)