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Doug Barnes, Chair
Commissioner Barnes was appointed to the board in 2010. He has worked in real estate development for nearly three decades. He is the principal of Resource Transition Consultants, LLC, a company focused on distressed property receivership services including acquiring, managing, and selling to qualified buyers. Prior to co-founding the company in 2009, he worked as an executive at Centex Homes – one of the country's leading home builders – ending his time there as Northern Pacific Division president. He also spent nearly a decade as principal for Seattle-based Intracorp Real Estate. Barnes is a graduate of Oregon State University and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Washington. Contact Doug Barnes.
Commissioner Elmi was appointed to the board in 2021. She is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Somali Parents Education Board (SPEB), a non-profit organization that helps mobilize community voices to disrupt systems by developing and implementing innovative methods for strong partnerships between parents, educators, community partners and organizations. Her goal is to build a sustainable infrastructure that will leave a legacy beyond her leadership. Regina credits her love of community to her strong desire to create a better world for future generations of Black and brown kids. By devoting her work full-time to SPEB, Regina has made important and lasting relationships with organizations like the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) where she serves on multiple committees. She also serves on community lead organizations like, Road Map Region, Renton Innovation Zone Partnerships and is a member of the Skyway Coalition. Her skills include fundraising, organizing, management, community building, strategic development and design processes for frameworks. Contact Regina Elmi.
Commissioner Jackson was appointed to the board in April 2023. He currently serves as District Secretary-Treasurer for IAM District 751, the first African American to hold this position. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) is one of North America's largest and most diverse labor unions. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Commissioner Jackson was hired by Boeing in 1989. He started his IAMAW career in 1997, becoming a Union Steward at Local 751A. In 2007, he was appointed as a Business Representative in Everett, servicing members working on the 767 Tanker Program. In 2014, he was appointed Chief of Staff and Assistant to the District president. A few years later, in 2021, he was elected District Secretary-Treasurer. Commissioner Jackson is driven by his desire to help others. As well as serving as the Chairman of the IAM District 751 Human Rights Committee, he spends his free time volunteering on various community service projects. In 2021, he was elected as an IAM delegate to the AFL-CIO. Contact Richard Jackson.
Commissioner Stewart was appointed to the board in 2014. Stewart is a long-term resident in KCHA-assisted housing - first at Park Lake Homes and subsequently, once redevelopment was completed, at Greenbridge. She has an extensive history of working with the Housing Authority on behalf of the resident community. From 1995-2003, Stewart served on the Park Lake Community Council, the last six years as president. Stewart has been a member of the Neighborhood House board of directors (serving as 2nd vice president in 2002), served as a commissioner for Metro Access, and sits on the board of Threads of Love. She currently participates as a member of KCHA's South Resident Advisory Committee. Contact TerryLynn Stewart.
Robin Walls, Executive Director
Robin joined KCHA in 2022. Robin has extensive experience in the affordable housing field and possesses deep knowledge of HUD programs. She came to KCHA from the Houston Housing Authority where she served, most recently, as Vice President of Housing Choice Voucher Programs. In that role, she also oversaw the organization’s grant-funded rental assistance programs for tenants. Prior to that, Robin served as the interim Housing Choice Voucher Program Director for the New Orleans Housing Authority and held supervisory roles at the Chicago Housing Authority’s HCV program. Robin has also provided consulting and technical assistance to numerous housing authorities around the country. Robin participates in several professional organizations including the National Leased Housing Association, where she serves on the board, and the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, where she serves on multiple standing committees. Robin hails from Chicago. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago. Contact Robin Walls.