MAINE COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS consists of Brian Eng, Liz Trice, and Matthew Peters. The partners collectively provide a large range of experience in legal, financial, residential and commercial real estate development, community engagement, sustainable building, urban planning, and business development and management. All three partners live in Portland and are passionate in making their communities better places for all residents.
MATTHEW PETERS has been involved in the completion of over 20 new construction, major rehab, and acquisition deals. Matt worked for eight years at Avesta Housing, one of Northern New England’s largest non-profit housing developers and owners, project managing affordable housing developments, building out and overseeing the Asset Management department, and ending in an executive role overseeing the entire development and acquisitions pipeline as Vice President of Real Estate Services. In 2018 he began to consult for Housing Authorities, housing non-profits, and Community Development Finance Institutions in Maine. In this role he supported organizations in acquisition, ground-up development, and underwriting of affordable housing properties. Matt is the Executive Director of Freeport Housing Trust based in Freeport, Maine, and has strong working relationships with MaineHousing, Rural Development, lenders, tax credit syndicators, and other professionals in the design and construction field, holds a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Washington, and certifications such as Spectrum’s C3P and Rural Development STAR trainings and LEED Accredited Professional.
BRIAN ENG is a real estate investor who has worked on commercial projects in Florida, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Maine. He has worked as a principal on developments of over 200 units, is a principal on redeveloping the MERC site in Biddeford, and has redeveloped several smaller properties in Portland. He brings strong expertise in financials, fundraising, advocacy, and public speaking. He grew up in a co-op in New York City, and is on the board of UHAB, the entity that manages 20,000 units of cooperative housing in New York.
LIZ TRICE builds innovative, multidisciplinary partnerships across real estate, economic development, entrepreneurship, and public health. Liz holds a Masters degree in Public Policy & Management with a certificate in Community Planning & Development from the Muskie School at the University of Southern Maine. She has worked on multi-unit projects in Portland to obtain zone changes, led public engagement processes with neighbors and businesses, directed the design of shared spaces, and worked for a decade writing grants. Her work includes award-winning research on the regulatory barriers to people living alone achieving home ownership, leading the process to redesign Bramhall Square, and developing strategic plans and economic development projects. Her projects to re-envision urban spaces for livability and natural ecosystems won two of three awards given by the 2019 Portland Society of Architecture’s Complete City Competition. Liz trained as a cohousing developer and Passive House Design Consultant and has visited over 20 cohousing developments in the United States. She is currently the owner of PelotonLabs, a coworking space in Portland.