Ellen M. Tan     

President & CEO
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Ellen came to Commonwealth Land Trust in 1994 with a background in counseling and real estate law. After graduating from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut with a bachelor of arts in sociology, Ellen worked as a case manager at a residential drug and alcohol treatment center in Roxbury. She then worked in a community-oriented law firm before joining Commonwealth Land Trust as the coordinator of supportive housing management.


In 1999, Ellen was promoted to president of Commonwealth Land Trust and oversaw our expansion from a staff of five to a team of over thirty-five professionals. Ellen led the establishment of our case management, supportive housing, administration, and maintenance departments, and remains heavily involved in the daily operations of each branch. Under Ellen’s leadership, Commonwealth Land Trust has provided permanent housing and vital supportive services to thousands of homeless individuals and families.

  Steve Wilkins     

Director of Marketing & Outreach


Steve brings over twenty years of human services and property management experience to CLT. He earned a bachelor of arts in psychology with a concentration in human services from Framingham State College, a master of science in human services from Springfield College with a concentration in organizational management and leadership, and a certification in drug and alcohol counseling from the University of Massachusetts. Steve worked as a property manager at New Communities Services and gained many years of counseling, advocacy, and case management experience with AIDS Action Committee, Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services, and the Keystone Program.


Steve joined Commonwealth Land Trust in 1999 as a multi-site property manager and later became the director of property management, coordinating all residential operations. In 2006, Steve took on the role of director of marketing and outreach and has since helped thousands of individuals gain access to permanent housing. Steve works closely with the Boston Housing Authority as well as numerous partner organizations and local area shelters to help people find housing opportunities with Commonwealth Land Trust.

Elise Ranger     

Clinical Program Director


Elise Ranger, LICSW, started as CLT’s Clinical Program Director in November, 2018. She directly supervises the Medical Case Management team, serves as a member of CLT’s executive leadership team, collects and analyzes data to ensure compliance and guide decision making, maintains strong partnerships with other community providers, and provides clinical consultation to staff and residents. Elise feels the most rewarding aspect of her job is “working with my team to provide compassionate and trauma-informed care so people can live successfully in their homes.”


Elise earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. Prior to joining CLT, she worked for 7 years in various roles with Youth Villages, including providing clinical support to at-risk children and families in their homes and overseeing the clinical team at a residential treatment facility for adolescent girls. She grew up in Michigan (hence her Midwestern accent) and currently resides with her husband and two daughters in Boston.

Kevin Kelly     

Chief Financial Officer


Kevin Kelly began working at Commonwealth Land Trust (CLT) in 2017. He and his team are responsible for all aspects of the organization’s financial management and reporting. In addition, Kevin is a member of CLT’s Executive Leadership and Safety Committee teams and works closely with the Board’s Finance Committee.


Kevin grew up in New Hampshire and later moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Northeastern University. He has over 20 years of accounting experience in both for-profit industries and nonprofit organizations. Kevin is extremely proud to be working for an organization committed to preserving neighborhoods and preventing homelessness.

 Brenda Wilson Brenda Wilson     

Housing Director


Brenda has worked in housing management and housing compliance for close to thirty years, for both housing authorities and private management firms prior to coming to CLT in 2018.


For the first twelve of those years, Brenda oversaw/ensured compliance (physical plant and resident documentation and processing) with State and Federal government funders for Rhode Island Housing. For the next sixteen years, Brenda was a property manager for property management firms such as HallKeen, Peabody, and Trinity.


Brenda maintains formal industry certifications as an Accredited Residential Manager, Certified Occupancy Specialist, and Certified Credit Compliance Professional.