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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.
Michael Brown, Vice-Chair
Commissioner Brown was appointed to the board in 2009. He works to improve the lives of the region's poor and is the vice president of community leadership for The Seattle Foundation, where he oversees grant-making and leadership work. He previously served as a legislative aide to Seattle City Councilmember Richard McIver and as the deputy director of the Washington Association for Community Economic Development, a nonprofit that trains and provides technical help to community development organizations across the state. Brown is a former chair and current member of the board of directors for Impact Capital, president of Building Changes (formerly AIDS Housing of Washington), and a board member for the Washington State Budget and Policy Center. He also serves on the King County Interagency Council on Homelessness and as an advisory board member for Neighbor to Neighbor and United Way's Seattle Community Council. Brown is an American Marshall Memorial Fellow and a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow. He is a graduate of Loyola University and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington. Contact Michael Brown.
Commissioner Palmer was appointed to the board in 2012. Palmer is the district secretary-treasurer of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District Lodge 751 in Seattle. She has a background in business management, which she studied at Bellevue Community College, now Bellevue College. Hired by Boeing in 1986, she soon became an active member of her union. After serving as a union steward, as well as holding several leadership positions within her local lodge, Palmer was elected to serve as a full-time business representative in 1996. In 2006 she was elected to and currently serves as the district secretary-treasurer. In this capacity, Palmer oversees the management of five low-income apartment complexes owned by the union. She is a member of the Renton Technical College board of trustees. She volunteers for several nonprofits and has previously served as a board member of the King County Airport Roundtable, delegate to the King County Labor Council, and as a Precinct Committee Officer. Contact Susan Palmer.
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.
Commissioner Welch was appointed to the board in April 2015. He is the superintendent of the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD), the Educational Service District that supports local school districts in King County and oversees the region's Head Start programs. Under his leadership, the PSESD was awarded a $40 million federal Race to the Top grant to support a regional initiative, the Roadmap Project, which seeks to double the number of students in South King County graduating from college with a degree or career credential by 2020. Superintendent Welch's previous positions include superintendent of the Highline School District, vice president for administrative services at South Seattle College, and chief financial officer for Federal Way Public Schools. In 2007, the Washington Association of School Administrators named Welch "Most Effective Administrator " in the state. Welch earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Washington University and his MBA from Pacific Lutheran University. His post-graduate studies include leadership programs at the University of Denver, Stanford and Harvard. In 2002, he was selected as a fellow at the Broad Foundation's Urban Superintendents Academy. Contact John Welch.
Stephen Norman, Executive Director
Mr. Norman has an extensive background in the design, financing, development and operation of service-enriched and affordable housing. He previously served as an assistant housing commissioner for the City of New York. Subsequently, he was the founding national vice-president of the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) where he established CSH's program operations and worked around the country with local governments, foundations and nonprofits to develop supportive housing for homeless and special-needs populations.
Norman held an appointment as Loeb Fellow at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design in 1985-86. He has a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Washington. He currently serves as president of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities and as vice chair of the CSH Board of Directors. Contact Stephen Norman.