October 17, 2023
Meet Jake Soper | 2023 ELCD Mentee
Jake joined the City of Lakes Community Land Trust (CLCLT) as Property Development Manager in February 2021. In this role, he manages the development and rehab of CLCLT-owned properties and serves as a resource for existing CLCLT homeowners regarding home maintenance. The CLCLT provides affordable homeownership opportunities to low- and middle-income community members.
Being a relative newcomer to the affordable housing arena, the ELCD mentorship program proved useful in advancing my knowledge and understanding of the field and enabled me to make genuine connections that will continue beyond the program. Through my mentor, I was able to dive behind the scenes at a nationwide nonprofit developer and talk about projects, process, and the philosophy guiding their work.
Before his role at CLCLT, Jake’s professional journey included presiding over a real estate consultancy with a specialization in telecom infrastructure. With two decades of experience in multi-site development, he expertly managed due diligence, negotiations, zoning, permitting, and architectural aspects.
Jake is not just dedicated to his career but also to giving back to the community. He volunteered his time and efforts in Thailand, working with Northern Hill Tribe children, demonstrating his commitment to making a positive impact on the world.
His educational background is equally impressive, with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he also played Badgers ice hockey. He further pursued his academic journey with an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, cementing his expertise in the field.
“The ELCD mentorship program benefited my daily work starting at program kickoff and continued from there. I’m truly grateful for the opportunity! ” – Jake Soper