Traverse City Housing Commission
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Meet The Commission


Heather Lockwood, Chair

Term ends November 30, 2022

A resident of the Grand Traverse Region since 1963, Heather Lockwood grew up in Traverse City involved in the community as an active outdoors woman with a fondness for skiing and sailing. She received her education at Traverse City Sr. High School, Northern Michigan University, Northwestern Michigan College and the University of Michigan. Upon her graduation she earned a BA in Literature, Science and Arts. In the '80s, Heather moved to California to sail and act, while paying the bills by waitressing until she earned her certification to work as a Financial and Operations Principal in the securities and banking industries. After meeting her husband, Bob Clark, and starting their family, they moved back to Traverse City in 1995 where she established a successful business as a Real Estate Associate Broker and has been helping people and families with their housing needs ever since.

Committed to the community, Heather has been involved in many local non-profit organizations; The Women's Council of Realtors, Traverse Area Association of Realtors, Traverse Area Community Sailing, Grand Traverse Ski Club, United States Ski and Snowboard Association, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Youth for Understanding international exchange program.

Heather is honored to be working with the housing commission and is eager to help create more affordable housing opportunities in our community.


Jim Friend, Vice Chair

Term ends November 30, 2021

Jim Friend was nominated as the designated “resident” commissioner by Mayor Jim Carruthers in 2017. His life’s travels exposed him to the acute need for high-quality affordable housing within all of our communities, a topic to which he is eager to lend his voice. After a long career in food and beverage management, he recently completed his ninth year of employment at Comfort Keepers. A long time area volunteer, he continues to give back to our community by serving as a Certified Peer recovery Mentor (CPRM) for Northern Michigan Substance Abuse Services ( and he is active in SGI (Soka Gakkai International), a Buddhist lay organization that promotes peace, culture, and education.

Born in Detroit, Jim relocated to Traverse City after living in Mexico and New York City. He has many fond memories of visiting this region as a child where his grandmother was born and raised.


Sarah Lucas, Commissioner


Roger Putman, Commissioner


Andy Smits, Commissioner



Organizational Chart
Traverse City Housing Commission

150 Pine Street
Traverse City , MI   49684

Phone: (231) 922-4915
Fax: (231) 922-2893

Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday 8:00AM - 5:00PM