Creating Livable Communities

NAHC Awards David J. Thompson Its Highest Honor

Seattle – November 11, 2013 – During their 53rd Annual Conference in Seattle, WA, the National Association of Housing Cooperatives (NAHC) awarded their highest accolade, the Voorhis Award, to Mr. David J. Thompson to honor his lifetime work in the cooperative world.

David J. Thompson awarded NAHC's Highest Honor - The Jerry Voorhis Award

David J. Thompson awarded NAHC’s Highest Honor – The Jerry Voorhis Award

The NAHC Board of Directors established the Voorhis Award in 1984 in memory of Jerry Voorhis, widely regarded as the principal founding father of the National Association of Housing Cooperatives.  Jerry was a man of impeccable integrity, who believed in and did his best to teach, apply and widen the use of basic cooperative principles.  The award was conceived as an annual lifetime achievement award.

David Thompson is President of the Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation (TPCF) and also a co-principal of Neighborhood Partners, LLC. Thompson has worked for the national cooperative organizations of the United States, Britain and Japan, as well as the United Nations and has advised cooperatives in over 30 nations on five continents.

Thompson co-led California’s efforts to create the National Co-operative Bank. From 1979 – 1985, Mr. Thompson was Director of Planning for the National Cooperative Bank (NCB). Later, Thompson became the Regional Director of NCB’s Western Office, where he funded development of 1,700 units of cooperative housing and helped pass California’s law for limited equity housing cooperatives (the nation’s first).

On behalf of Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation, Thompson also led successful efforts to prevent members from breaking California’s cooperative housing law.  Thompson is co-principal of Neighborhood Partners, LLC, which has developed almost 800 units of nonprofit and cooperative housing. He co-wrote Davis’s Affordable Housing Ordinance which has fostered over $400 million dollars worth of nonprofit, mutual and cooperative housing in the city. Thompson has written hundreds of articles on cooperatives with many for the NAHC Bulletin. Through TPCF, he also created a web site that provides tools and resources to bring about the resident ownership of mobile home and manufactured housing parks.

NAHC was incorporated in 1960 as a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization that represents housing cooperatives and housing associations across the United States. NAHC represents professionals, organizations and individuals interested in promoting the interests of the cooperative housing community. To learn more, visit


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