CEO, Solid Ground
Community Roots Housing is a public development authority (PDA) established by the City of Seattle pursuant to state law R.C. W. 35.21.730. As such, it is a public corporation. The PDA Board of Directors oversees all organizational activity including property management, real estate development, and ongoing operations. The Board is made up of 15 community members; 12 are appointed by the Board, three are nominated by the Mayor, and all are confirmed by the Seattle City Council.
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CEO, Solid Ground
Associate General Counsel, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Vice President, HomeStreet Bank
Deputy Director, Chief Seattle Club
Principal, COO, Designated Broker, Hunter’s Capital
Vulcan Real Estate (retired)
Owner, Breckenridge Consulting Services
Strategic Advisor, Seattle Public Utilities
Principal, Fikso Kretschmer Smith Dixon Ormseth
Emerging Leader Fellow
Director of Homeless Services, YMCA Social Impact Center
Founding Principal, Blanton Turner
Principal, Lotus Development Partners LLC
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director, Seattle Goodwill
Emerging Leader Fellow
Program Manager for Public Art, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director, Seattle Foundation
COO/CTO, The Fresh Toast
CEO, Central Area Development Association (retired)
Shalimar is a nonprofit professional who started her career working in arts-based youth programs. Shalimar is the CEO of Solid Ground, building community to end poverty. She previously worked at YMCA of Greater Seattle in various roles for over 17 years. Shalimar is engaged in national level change management, community development, diversity, inclusion, and equity work, and global capacity building. Shalimar’s affiliations include the following organizations: White Center Community Development Association, Totem Star, and Community Roots Housing.
Drew is an attorney with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and works across program areas on issues relating to grant making, advocacy, governance, and compliance. Previously, he worked in private practice with nonprofit clients in philanthropy, including low-income housing. He also served as Tax Counsel to a senior member of the Ways & Means Committee of the US House of Representatives. Drew holds a law degree from Columbia University and a Masters of Law in Taxation from Georgetown University, and graduated from the University of Washington. He lives with his family in the Leschi neighborhood of Seattle.
Frank’s banking career started in 2003 after graduating from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Serving as a provider of financial services, Frank has helped his community by offering trusted banking advice and solutions. The result is the creation of relationships with clients who continue to do business with Frank to this day. As a resident of and employee in the vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood, he has given back by donating his time, talent, and treasure. Frank’s affiliations include the following organizations: Community Lunch on Capitol Hill, Flying House Productions, Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Seattle Business Association and Community Roots Housing.
Derrick Belgarde is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon, and also Chippewa-Cree from Rocky Boy Montana. Derrick is currently the Deputy Director of the Chief Seattle Club, a day-center that assists urban Native Americans. He serves on the boards of Community Roots Housing and DESC, and on the Housing Development Consortium (HDC). He completed his undergraduate in Public Affairs magna cum laude, and went on to complete his Master’s in Public Administration, both at Seattle University. He is a proud father of three and is married to the wonderful Lua Belgarde.
Jill Cronauer is the Chief Operating Officer and designated broker for Hunters Capital. She is responsible for property acquisitions, marketing, leasing, public relations, and overall business operations. Since joining the Hunters Capital team in 2008, Jill has grown Hunters’ managed square feet from 160,000 to nearly 600,000 square feet in Seattle’s Capitol Hill and First Hill neighborhoods. Jill is dedicated to Hunters Capital’s mission of preserving architectural integrity and Seattle’s historic legacy by restoring and refurbishing turn-of-the century buildings and finding creative and innovative retail and office tenants who serve the neighborhood. Also representing Hunters Capital in local community affairs, she served as President and Chairperson of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce.
Rachel is co-chair of the City of Seattle Transportation Levy Oversight Committee and has been on the committee since its inception in 2016. She holds a BA in history from the University of Wisconsin and an MA in Russian area studies from the University of Washington. Most recently, Rachel has been a land use and permitting consultant. Prior to this, she worked for 10 years as a Senior Project Manager at Vulcan Real Estate. From 1990 to 2002, Rachel led a consulting practice that provided land use advice, government relations support and permit management to attorneys, developers, architects, and local governments. She was executive director of the Seattle Planning Commission from 1984 to 1988.
Paul founded BCS in 2007 to help bridge the gap between the organizations that provide tax credit capital and the developers and service agencies that utilize that capital. Prior to starting BCS, Paul served as the Western Region Director for Enterprise Community Investment’s Structured Finance Department. At Enterprise, Paul managed over $160 million in NMTC and Low Income Housing Tax Credit investment throughout the western U.S. Paul previously worked as a developer at the Low Income Housing Institute. Paul is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in Jamaica from 1997-1999. Paul holds an MBA from the University of Washington, and a BS from Willamette University
Sara is a Strategic Advisor for Seattle Public Utilities with their Drainage and Wastewater Planning Division. Her career has focused on bringing a voice to those most affected and traditionally underrepresented into environmental decision making and investments. Before Seattle Public Utilities, she was the Equity & Environment Program Coordinator at Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment. Sara holds a BA in Public Affairs from Seattle University and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Washington, specializing in real estate and a certificate in historic preservation. She has been a Capitol Hill resident for nine years.
Bob is a founding principal of Fikso Kretschmer Smith Dixon Ormseth, lawyers focusing on real estate and real estate finance transactions. Bob represents developers, homebuilders, and investors. He also is general counsel for closely held businesses. Before organizing FKSDO in 1995, Bob was a principal in Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson. Bob is Trustee and Secretary of the Lucky Seven Foundation. Previously he served on the advisory board of Meredith Mathews East Madison YMCA and was a director of Open Adoption & Family Services, a Portland-based adoption agency, and Center on Contemporary Art. He is a 1981 graduate of the University of Washington School of Law and a 1978 graduate in history from Stanford University. Bob is a lifelong Seattleite, has three children, and resides with his partner in Leschi.
Shaun Frazier brings over nine years of experience working with youth and young adults by means of case management, administration, and program development at afterschool leadership, workforce development, and transitional living programs. Most recently, Shaun is employed at the YMCA Social Impact Center in Seattle, Washington, as the Director of Homeless Services. There he oversees the following youth and young adult housing programs: Youth Engagement Team (YET), Navigation/Diversion, Host Homes and Housing Stability for Youth in Court (H-SYNC). Shaun enjoys being a part of the amazing work in housing, homelessness, and prevention services that are being accomplished among the YMCA of Greater Seattle, City of Seattle, King County, and other community and philanthropic partners. He is also passionate about empowering communities towards recognizing and embodying black excellence, as well as joining in on equity and inclusion work among underrepresented cultural and socioeconomic groups. Shaun has earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Cedarville University and Masters of Nonprofit Administration degree from North Park University.
Chasten has been engaged in the Capitol Hill community for over 25 years, leading a homeless ministry from 1995 to 1998, managing 70+ buildings, and calling it home for many of those years. With over fifteen years of experience in real estate management, Chasten is a founding Principal and “Creative Innovator” at Blanton Turner, where he oversees predevelopment consulting, marketing, and commercial operations. Prior to that, Chasten was a Portfolio Manager and Marketing Director at Lorig Management Services, VP at Wilkinson Asset Management, and Operations Director at Darco, Inc. Chasten has served as President of the local chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and currently serves on the Broadway BIA Board as well as the EcoDistrict, Financial Asset Management, and Property Management committees at Community Roots Housing. Originally from Montana, he is a Certified Property Manager (CPM) with a degree in Biblical Literature from Northwest University in Kirkland.
Michelle has been actively engaged in the direct development affordable housing and community facility projects for over 30 years. As Principal of Lotus Development Partners LLC, a mission-driven development consulting firm, Michelle oversees the work of Lotus team members and provides project management, finance strategy and development services for nonprofit housing owners, primary and behavioral health providers and for-profit developers interested in affordable housing inclusion. Michelle was previously the western states underwriter for a national intermediary’s New Markets Tax Credit program. In that capacity she facilitated investment in a variety of community and economic development projects. Since 1998, Michelle has managed development of more than 1,300 housing units including shelter beds, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing serving homeless individuals and adults with special needs. She has also developed several community and social service facilities including three multi-service centers, two federally qualified health centers, integrated primary care and behavioral health clinics and several facilities serving low income youth. Michelle holds Masters degrees in Social Work and Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. She is a past-Chair of the University of Washington Design and Urban Planning Professionals Council and serves on the Board of the Seattle-King County Housing Development Consortium.
Barbara joined Seattle Goodwill in 2004, having spent her career serving and giving voice to people who are usually left out of the conversation. In her current role, b.g. oversees all aspects of Goodwill’s mission services. She has consistently increased the number of people served by Seattle Goodwill, and she developed all aspects of the Job Training and Education Programs. Prior to Goodwill, b.g. was with Seattle Housing Authority, developing, implementing, and securing funding for the Housing Continuum Program for foster youth. b.g. is a member of the National Association of Community Organizers and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Amy is the Program Manager for Public Art with the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, leading the dynamic team charged with overseeing investments in generative artmaking in the public realm. Her work as an administrator and urban planner is rooted in participatory process and the understanding that public art is central to how we construct public space in cities. Amy brings over 10 years of experience and knowledge as a public servant and nonprofit leader that includes serving in management roles at the Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, and as a Legislative Aide for a Seattle City Council member. Beyond that, her experience in policy analysis, nonprofit management, and community organizing spans New York City, New Orleans, and Seattle. Amy received a Master’s degree in Urban Policy and an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies from the New School in New York.
M. Michelle Purnell-Hepburn was appointed to the position of DEI Director of the Seattle Foundation in June 2020. Ms. Purnell-Hepburn joined the organization as its Managing Director, Controller and Accounting in June 2018. Prior to this, she was Vice President/Controller of Salal Credit Union from 2012 to 2018, SVP/Chief Financial Officer at Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union from 1999 to 2011 and Vice President of Finance at Group Health Credit Union from 1989 to 1999. She has worked in the accounting and finance field since 1982 in both the high-tech industry as well as credit unions. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in finance and economics and her Masters of Business Administration degree, specializing in finance and accounting, from the University of Washington. She was President of the Association of Black Business Students during her graduate school years.
Eric is currently the President/COO for The Fresh Toast, a new media startup. Prior to that, he served in both regional and national leadership roles for the American Heart Association, including COO and other strategic planning positions. Eric has been a resident of Capitol Hill for over 10 years and a Seattle resident his whole life. He has extensive nonprofit board experience including serving as President of the Board of Lifelong and Past President and board member of Coyote Central. He brings over 25 years’ experience in technology and operations leadership and has a proven track record of leading organizations through major change initiatives. Eric is a graduate of the University of Washington with a BA in Economics and lives with his husband and two children in north Capitol Hill.
George played a key role in navigating the direction of Central Area Development Association (CADA). He was the Chief Executive Officer of CADA since its inception in 1994. George’s responsibilities included ensuring that CADA meets the objectives of its mission and overall organizational management. George holds a bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University and has 20 years’ work experience in the financial industry. George grew up within blocks of the CADA office. George is an active board member for Community Capital Development, First Place School, and Seattle Neighborhood Group.