The Jackson/Teton County Housing Authority (JTCHA) is a seperate entity from the Affordable Housing Department. It is a regional Housing Authority under the Town of Jackson and Teton County. It exists to purchase and own properties for affordable workforce housing.
The role of the Board of Directors (HAB) is to counsel the Housing Manager on management of Housing Authority owned properties, approve or deny Critical Services Provider applications, and to hear appeals of decisions made by the Housing Manager. The Board will also make recommendations to the elected officials concerning policies of the Housing Department.
Length of term: 5 years, staggered
Number of members: 3
Annie Kent Droppert, Housing Authority Board Chair
Term: March 15, 2019 - February 1, 2024
Annie a partner at Geittmann, Larson, and Swift LLP and owns an Attainable Home through the Jackson Teton County Housing Authority. She is also the head coach of the Jackson Hole Lacrosse Club’s U15 Girls’ team.
Annie’s interest in affordable housing began when she worked as a Legal Extern for the Town of Jackson in 2013. Her interest has only grown as she’s watched friends leave the valley because of the lack of affordable housing. Prior to moving to Jackson, Annie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance from the University of Washington and a Juris Doctorate from Lewis and Clark Law School.
Estela Torres, Housing Authority Board Vice Chair
Term: February 3, 2020 - February 1, 2025
Estela moved to Jackson in 1981, and raised two daughters here. She is employed at One22 as an Immigrant Support Specialist, and was formerly the Executive Director of the Latino Resource Center. She has served as a Habitat Family Selection Committee member for several years, is a graduate of Leadership Jackson Hole 2018,and former START Board member. She is passionate about giving back to the community and helping people secure affordable housing.
Justin Henry, Housing Authority Board Clerk
Term: February 9, 2021 - February 1, 2026
Justin is the Chief Operating Officer of the Fine Dining Restaurant Group where he manages growth and day-to-day operations for 10 local businesses in the Valley. He is passionate about attracting and retaining great talent in Jackson through job creation and career development.
During his 14 years in Jackson, Justin has seen the importance of affordable housing from every perspective; first, as young person looking for a place to live in their first season, to becoming an affordable homeowner in Jackson through the Jackson Teton County Housing Authority, to selling that home and passing the opportunity on to another local family. Now, as a major employer in the Valley he knows that for our community, businesses and local culture to thrive, we must safeguard and grow affordable housing to preserve and enhance the incredible place Jackson continues to become.