IMG_0691 copy Housing

  • Co-initiated and organized the successful effort to include affordable and low-income housing in the Washington State Capital Forum, acquiring $250 million new funding for housing in the 1991-1999 state Capital Budgets.
  • Co-initiated and organized the successful join campaign that convinced Seattle voters in 1986 to approve a $50 million Seattle Low-income Housing Levy and a $25 million Art Museum Levy, under the umbrella of “Citizens for a Better Seattle.”
  • Co-initiated and organized the successful drive that convinced elected officials to create a King County Housing Opportunity Fund, the first time that King County allocated its own local tax dollars to provide low-income housing.
  • Initiated and chaired the Sand Point Community Housing Project of the Seattle/ King County Coalition for the Homeless, which acquired a significant portion of the surplus Sand Point Naval Station for housing and related services for the homeless.
  • Co-initiated and supervised a very successful housing development program, which has created numerous low-income housing developments containing thousands of units and secured over $50 million in capital and operating funding, working on behalf of a variety of non-profit agencies across western Washington.
  • Co-initiated and operated two shelter programs, the Broadview Emergency Shelter, and the Family Shelter Program, serving over 1000 homeless people each year. Directly supervised the $3 million renovation of the 33-unit Broadview facility.
  • Expanded and oversaw a Housing Counseling Program, which assists low-income people who are in danger of being evicted or foreclosed. Initiated and oversaw a Home Improvement Program that performs minor home repairs for low-income homeowners.
  • Created the Cascade Shelter Project, helping save low-income housing near downtown Seattle.

Survival Services

  • Organized and co-chaired the Coalition for Survival Services, an alliance of 50 community health clinics, emergency shelters, and food banks, which acquired millions of dollars for a Survival Services Fund, representing the first time that the City of Seattle allocated significant amounts of its general fund dollars to community-based social services.
  • Initiated and oversaw the development of the Food Resources Network, involving public and private support of food banks and emergency feeding programs (including a transportation service which delivers food from warehouses to food banks throughout Seattle, a Baby Boost program which provides new mothers and infants with proper nutrition, and a Lettuce Link program which gathers donations from local pea-patches to food banks).
  • Expanded and oversaw the operations of the Fremont Food Bank, which served thousands of hungry people each year.

Employment

  • Served as a founding Board member of Office of PortJOBS at the Port of Seattle. Initiated the Committee for Economic Opportunity, which developed successful partnerships with the Port of Seattle, businesses, labor unions, and educational institutions, thereby helping to address the workforce needs of the region and to leverage funding for job training and support for disadvantaged people of color, women, dislocated workers, and the homeless.
  • Co-initiated and developed the Seattle Worker Center, which addresses the needs of dislocated and unemployed workers, through a Re-employment Support Center, the Trades Mentor Network, and Community Voice Mail (which won a national award for Innovations in State and Local Governments, sponsored by Harvard University and the Ford Foundation).
  • Served as a founding member of the initiative campaign, which successfully raised the minimum wage in Washington State.
  • Created a number of youth employment projects. Led a successful effort that allocated $5 million in funding to offset federal cuts in the Summer Youth Employment Program.

Health and Long-term Care

  • Co-organized the successful application (working with the Seattle-King County Health Department) for a Health Care for the Homeless Project from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (a $1.4 million grant, for which the Fremont Public Association served as the administering agency for the first four years of the program).
  • Initiated a Home Care Program for the elderly and people with disabilities and oversaw the management of the program which provides household chores and personal care for hundreds of low-income people each year. Sponsored and operated an AIDS Home Care Project at the FPA, providing assistance to hundreds of people with AIDS in King County.
  • Sponsored and expanded a Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, which advocates and resolves complaints for residents of nursing homes in King County.
  • Served as Administrative Director of the Pike Market Senior Center, which assists hundreds of low-income elderly in downtown Seattle.

Welfare & Social Services

  • Provided sponsorship and acquired funding for the state-wide Welfare Reform Coalition, which advocated for the poor at the State Legislature.
  • Proposed a Community Jobs program, which Governor Locke adopted as part of his WorkFirst welfare reform plan, thereby helping turn a welfare check into a paycheck for thousands of welfare recipients through employment at various non-profit agencies across Washington state.
  • Co-Initiated the Fremont Legal Clinic staffed with volunteer attorneys providing legal counseling free of charge to low-income people.

Transportation

  • Co-initiated and oversaw the operations of Seattle Personal Transit, which provides transportation for hundreds of low-income elderly and people with disabilities.
  • Organized opposition to the original, now discredited plan for the West Seattle Freeway in 1974, collecting over 20,000 signatures within a month to refer the issue to the voters, and alerting the public to the enormous costs and corruption involved.

Art and Historic Preservation

  • Organized the effort to fund the famous Richard Beyer sculpture, “Waiting for the Interurban,” which has been proclaimed by various media as the most popular public art work in Seattle. Organized several neighborhood art projects including large public murals, “artists-in-residence,” and more in several communities.
  • Initiated and organized the community effort which convinced the City of Seattle to officially designate as a historic landmark, the Fremont Building, which laid the groundwork for the privately-financed restoration of the former hotel.
  • Co-initiated “Citizens for a Better Seattle,” which gained voter approval for a $25 million property tax levy for the new downtown Seattle Art Museum.

Volunteerism

  • Initiated the Martin Luther King, Jr. VISTA Volunteer Corps, bringing together the resources of the federal VISTA program, local governments and private sources, to provide a large number of full-time stipend volunteers at non-profit agencies throughout King County.
  • Sponsored and oversaw the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), which recruits and supports over 2,000 volunteers in community service across King County, particularly in intergenerational projects.

Management

  • Provided overall leadership and management for the Fremont Public Association (FPA), as Executive Director and President of the non-profit agency. Greatly expanded the organization to include over 30 programs serving thousands of people each year in Seattle and King County.
  • Earned near-perfect scores in management for the FPA in reports from United Way’s Agency Information Bureau.
  • Served as Part-time Lecturer at the Graduate School of Public Affairs, University of Washington, teaching Management of Non-Profit Organizations, a graduate-level course.

Personnel

  • Provided leadership for a work force of over 400, at the FPA.
  • Fostered diversity at the FPA, with people of color representing over 25%, and women representing over 60% of the work force, on average, at all levels.
  • Developed a constructive working relationship with labor unions, particularly through the Office and Professional Employees International Union.

Finances

  • Developed and tracked annual budgets (over $12 million/year in FPA and affiliated Programs).
  • Improved the fiscal administration of the FPA to keep pace with the agency’s growth, including state-of-the-art accounting. Ensured the proper accounting of agency funds through independent annual audits, all with unqualified opinions.
  • Managed the implementation of hundreds of contracts for services with various government agencies, United Way, and numerous private funding sources.
  • Developed and implemented very effective fund-raising campaigns, acquiring tens of millions of dollars various public and private funding sources. Wrote countless grant applications and supervised the preparation of hundreds more.