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Mr. Jason Halbert

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Program Officer

Phone: (434) ***-**** ext. ***  
Local Address:  Charlottesville , Virginia , United States
The Oak Hill Fund
CHARLOTTESVILLE , Virginia 22902
United States

Company Description: Established in April 2002, The Oak Hill Fund (OHF) promotes the well-being of mankind through effective and inspiring grantmaking. We are located in...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • BA , Political Science
    University of Delaware
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Web References
Steering Committee - Chesapeake Bay Funders Network, 30 June 2015 [cached]
Jason Halbert Program Officer The Oak Hill Fund
Board of Directors, 15 April 2015 [cached]
Jason Halbert is a Program Officer at the Oak Hill Fund, a foundation formed from the W. Alton Jones Foundation in Charlottesville, VA. He served as Grassroots Program Officer at Jones for two years. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jason was the coordinator of Heartwood's Appalachian Restoration Campaign. He has also worked in Washington, DC on forest policy issues.
Wild Virginia : a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to preserving wild forest ecosystems in Virginia's National Forests., 23 May 2008 [cached]
Jason Halbert
Jason Halbert is a Program Officer at The Oak Hill Fund in Charlottesville, VA.Previously, he served as Grassroots Program Officer at W. Alton Jones Foundation.Prior to joining the philanthropic world, Jason was the Coordinator of The Appalachian Restoration Campaign, an effort to delineate a system of wildland preserves in central Appalachia.From 1993-1995 he worked in Washington, DC as a lobbyist on forest policy issues.After some time working in Montana, he spent two years on an organic farm in his home state of Pennsylvania.He also taught a field course in wilderness canoeing, forest ecology and ethics in the Ozark Mountains, through the University of Montana and the Wild Rockies Field Institute.He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Delaware.He serves on the Board of Commissioners of the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority.With his wife Kristin Taverna and their son Dylan, Jason enjoys gardening, botany, birding, backpacking, canoeing, cycling and swimming.
Kristin serves on the board with her husband, Jason, and they love nothing more than sharing the outdoors together and with friends, be it on foot, in a canoe, or on their knees in their garden.
"I think this is a very ..., 7 May 2009 [cached]
"I think this is a very important election," said Jason Halbert, chairman of the Charlottesville Rede-velopment and Hous-ing Authority's Board of Directors. Halbert said he thought Norris and Szakos were capable of working to get the city out of a recession.
Halbert has worked with Norris on the public housing redevelopment process, as the mayor sits on the authority's redevelopment committee.
Of Norris, Halbert said, "I think he makes decisions based on common sense and with deliberation."
PHAR Response to Halbert’s Attack on Resident Participation | PHAR Cville, 1 Jan 2013 [cached]
This is in response to CRHA finance committee member Jason Halbert's recent guest editorial in the Daily Progress:
In his December 30, 2012 guest editorial, Jason Halbert attempted to push an aggressive agenda for public housing in Charlottesville amid a flurry of deliberate distortions, attacks on CRHA board members, and willful ignorance of the concept of resident participation in CRHA matters. He offers some solutions to what he sees as a lack of leadership that fit only his vision of what redevelopment should be, who will pull it off, who should support him, and how.
Mr. Halbert presents a vision of the demolition of public housing and rebuilding along a "mixed-income" model. It is entirely too similar to what happened to Vinegar Hill in the 1960s and PHAR will not let this happen.
Clarifications of Mr. Halbert's distortions can be made showing that a lack of adherence to both HUD regulation 964 and the Residents Bill of Rights by CRHA staff, some commissioners, and even Mr. Halbert himself as being partially to blame for the lack of accountability and action from CRHA.
Halbert asks.
The answer is not current CRHA board leadership, angry residents, or PHAR but primarily a lack of funding. As a member of the CRHA finance committee Mr. Halbert should know that this is ultimately why no movement has been seen until recently. Halbert says the CDC needs to be "dusted off", but this is nothing new to anyone informed about the process.
Mr. Halbert's assertion that PHAR is blocking or not doing enough is a distortion of fact and should be ignored as should his placing of blame on commissioners Norris and Johnson, who have been doing the leg work of moving forward on redevelopment.
People such as Mr. Halbert have worked vigorously to exclude residents from the process. Perhaps it is not leadership that is lacking but Mr. Halbert's leadership and agenda that he sees as missing from the process?
Halbert correctly invokes the Residents Bills of Rights for Redevelopment, however he does not need to tell PHAR to "organize to achieve that vision". In fact he need not tell PHAR what to do or how to do it as PHAR is intensely focused on redevelopment. We support the entirety of the Resident Bill of Rights for Redevelopment, not just those planks that are convenient to Halbert's vision for redevelopment. I invite anyone interested to call or write PHAR to find out exactly what we are doing to support the resident bill of rights, and what our vision for redevelopment is.
Amid many other distortions and misrepresentations, Halbert offers other "solutions" to the current mismanagement of public housing. First he suggests that the CRHA Board of Commissioners be dissolved.
Conversely, behind the scenes meddling by the likes of Halbert (who is not currently serving on the CRHA board- why is he even allowed on the finance committee?) and other commissioners have seen the shepherding through and by-passing of procedure in the selection of the current executive director and the purposeful monkey wrenching of the 21 vouchers needed for the Crossings (despite a previous 6-1 vote, of which Halbert was the sole opponent), which in turn led to HUD not approving the 2012 annual plan and causing a snowball effect for comprehensive planning including for redevelopment.
Mr. Halbert has no right, as a wealthier member of our community, to meddle behind the scenes with the lives of 376 families and not expect for anger to be expressed.
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