Top of the Town

One of Seattle’s premiere spring fundraisers, Top of the Town brings together neighbors who believe that housing is a human right and want to join Community Roots in making that a reality.

Thank you for joining us on May 11, 2023.

For over a decade, Top of the Town has featured keynote remarks from local visionaries. This year, we were honored to welcome not one, but three guests who each bring a unique perspective on the state of affordable housing in the Puget Sound region.

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Marc Dones

Marc Dones (they/them pronouns) is the CEO of the recently formed King County Regional Homelessness Authority (KCRHA), and has deep experience in social justice policy, racial equity training, and systems transformation. Prior to serving at the KCRHA, Marc was the founder and Executive Director of the National Innovation Service, a consulting firm that helps governments redesign their approaches to supporting marginalized populations.

Jane Broom

Jane Broom

As a senior director in Microsoft Philanthropies, Jane is responsible for the company’s philanthropic strategy in its home state of Washington. She oversees investments in affordable housing, human services, P-20 education, workforce development and arts & culture in the headquarters region. She represents Microsoft in community initiatives aimed at improving the overall quality of life in our region, such as Microsoft’s Affordable Housing Initiative.

Doug Baldwin

Doug Baldwin

Doug Baldwin Jr. is the founder of the Family First Community Center Foundation and also serves as the managing director of Vault89 Ventures. Doug is a philanthropic activist with a passion for creating empathic solutions to complex problems. As the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Medal of Distinguished Service Award and the Paul G. Allen Humanitarian Award, the former Seattle Seahawk and Super Bowl champion is, most importantly, a devoted husband and father.

Together with residents and partners, we confront inequity to create inclusive housing and foster thriving, just communities.

Community Roots Housing mission statement

At Community Roots, we work every day to combat the Seattle area’s housing crisis. By building and preserving affordable housing, we hope to foster vibrant, engaged communities. When you join us at Top of the Town, you become part of the solution.

Event donations, ticket sales, and sponsorships help fund our work of supporting residents, strengthening communities, and creating more affordable homes.

Thank you for supporting our work, through Top of the Town!

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This year Top of the Town moved to the top of the Sound! Top of the Town began as an intimate event at the beautiful Hotel Sorrento, but in 2023 we brought our C-suite speakers to sea level. We were thrilled to host our friends and neighbors at the Edgewater Hotel on the waterfront, a venue with a storied history of hosting legendary events.

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