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Executive staff

Andrew Lofton
Andrew Lofton
Executive Director

Andrew was appointed Executive Director of the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) on September 1, 2012, and leads strategic planning and the day-to-day operations of the organization. Prior to his promotion to Executive Director, he held the position of Deputy Executive Director–Finance and Administration for more than eight years. As Deputy Executive Director, Andrew oversaw SHA’s Human Resources, Information Technology, Finance and Budget, and Housing Choice Voucher functions, including the development and management of the agency’s annual budget. He has also worked closely with representatives of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regarding the oversight of SHA’s Moving to Work agreement, regulatory reform, and funding issues. During Andrew's more than 40 years of public service, his many leadership positions have included Chief of Departmental Operations for City of Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels; Deputy Superintendent for Customer Service with Seattle City Light; Deputy Chief of Staff for City of Seattle Mayor Norm Rice; and Budget Director for the City of Seattle. He also served as Deputy Director for the Washington State Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development (now the Washington State Department of Commerce). Andrew received his Baccalaureate from the University of Puget Sound and did his graduate work in Urban Planning at the University of Washington.

 
Anne Fiske Zuniga
Anne Fiske Zuniga
Deputy Executive Director

Anne was appointed Deputy Executive Director of the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) in May 2013, after joining SHA as Senior Development Program Manager in March 2010. Previously, she worked for nine years as the first Deputy Director of the City of Seattle Department of Transportation, a department of more than 800 employees. Anne has also worked for the City of Seattle as a budget analyst and as manager of the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, where she created the City’s Neighborhood Implementation Program. She has served on the board of directors of the Seattle Institute of Early Childhood Development. Anne earned a B.A. degree from Wellesley College in 1985 and received a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington in 1992.

Rod Brandon
Rod Brandon
Director of Housing Operations

Rod was appointed Director of Housing Operations at the Seattle Housing Authority in January 2010. Rod has held increasingly responsible leadership positions in the public sector for the past 25 years, most recently serving as Director of Sustainability and Environmental Services for King County Executive Ron Sims, where he implemented strategies for smart growth management, including the acquisition of more than 160,000 acres of threatened land into King County ownership. Rod also served as Assistant County Executive and Deputy Chief of Staff for City of Seattle Mayor Norm Rice. Rod earned a B.A. degree in business administration from the University of Montana, Missoula, and also attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he completed its summer program for senior executives in state and local government.

Kerry Coughlin
Kerry Coughlin
Director of Communications

Kerry became Director of Communications at the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) in January 2015. She serves on SHA’s Executive Cabinet, providing counsel and oversight to ensure effective communication with the Board, residents and clients, elected officials, partner agencies, media, the public, employees and other stakeholders. Most recently, Kerry served as a director with the international Marine Stewardship Council, an organization devoted to environmental, food security and economic sustainability of the global seafood industry, as well as a consultant with the Daniel J. Evans Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. She served as Communications Director for the State of Washington in the administration of former Governor Chris Gregoire, and has held top communications leadership positions with The Seattle Times Company and the YWCA of Seattle, King and Snohomish Counties. Prior to her career in management and corporate communications and public affairs, Kerry worked as a journalist.

Jared Cummer
Director of Housing Finance and Asset Management

Jared has been with the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) since 2015. He initially joined the agency as an Asset Manager and was responsible for managing the financing and rehabilitation of the agency’s large capital projects. In addition, he worked on various inter-agency committees and workgroups, serving as a technical resource in the areas of tax credit compliance and HUD compliance and regulations. Prior to joining SHA, Jared worked for the Wilmington Housing Authority in Wilmington Delaware as a development associate, focusing on capital planning for the agency’s public housing inventory. He earned a Master of Public Administration and a PhD from the University of Delaware.  

 

Terry Galiney
Director of Development

Terry is responsible for overseeing the Seattle Housing Authority’s Development Department, which manages new development and redevelopment of SHA communities including affordable housing, community facilities, parks and public infrastructure. Terry is leading the $1.7 billion redevelopment of the former Yesler Terrace public housing site into a transit-oriented, mixed-income urban neighborhood. Prior to joining SHA in 2013, Terry spent fifteen years in affordable housing, working with regional nonprofits as a developer, consultant and housing advocate overseeing the development of nearly 1,300 units of affordable housing. Terry graduated from the University of Washington’s Urban Planning program and has a Bachelor’s degree in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County.

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Alice Kimbowa
Director of Rental Assistance Programs

Alice became the Director of Rental Assistance Programs in April 2019, bringing more than 15 years’ experience in affordable housing. She joined Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) as a Manager of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Compliance, Policy and Training in 2016. Alice has previously worked for Tacoma Housing Authority, Chicago Housing Authority and The Habitat Company, where she worked in case management, program management, and compliance. She earned a B.A. in Urban Studies with a Non-Profit Management Certificate from the University of Washington, and has taken Master’s degree studies in Information Systems Management at Northwestern University.

 

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Andria Lazaga
Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives

Andria has been with the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) since 1999. Her roles at the agency have included leading community and supportive services in SHA’s HOPE VI communities and serving as asset management coordinator. She currently serves on the Housing Committee of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. Prior to joining SHA, Andria worked in youth workforce development, K-12 public education administration and experiential learning programs. She earned a B.A. from the University of Southern California and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington.  

Charles Lind
General Counsel

Charles, who has more than 30 years of legal experience, joined SHA in March 2021. He worked previously at Patterson Buchanan Fobes & Leitch, a firm that advises and defends public entities, including cities, counties, fire districts and school districts. He has worked extensively with public entity law, federal and state regulation, governing boards, commissions and executive officers in charge of agencies. He was general counsel for the Kent School District and served 16 years as a King County Prosecutor, with experience in both state and federal court. Charles is proud to note that when his mother and her family first moved to Seattle, where his grandfather worked as a Boeing defense worker in World War II, they lived in Seattle Housing Authority housing. Charles received his J.D. degree from the University of Washington and has been a member of the Washington State Bar Association since 1990.

Steve McDowell
Steve McDowell
Chief Information Officer

Steve joined the Seattle Housing Authority in February 2013 and has more than 30 years in the Information Technology (IT) field.  He has a B.S. degree in Computer Science in addition to 25-plus years in IT management. Steve has spent nearly 20 years in the housing industry for organizations in the private sector, including senior and market-rate housing.  Steve has served with numerous IT-related organizations and boards of directors. In 2003, he was recognized by Computerworld magazine as one of the premier 100 IT leaders.

Marc Nilsen
Marc Nilsen
Human Resources Director

Marc joined the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) in November 1984. He has more than 30 years in the human resources field, with special emphasis on employment, recruitment, labor relations, classification/compensation and human resource information systems. He has B.A. degrees in Political Science and International Studies from the Jackson School at the University of Washington. He obtained his Professional Certification in Human Resources from the University of Washington, and is credentialed as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) with the Human Resources Certification Institute, and as a Senior Certified Professional with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Prior to joining SHA, Marc worked with the federal General Services Administration in Seattle.

Lisa Wolters
Lisa Wolters
Director of Intergovernmental Relations

Lisa was appointed as Seattle Housing Authority’s (SHA) Director of Intergovernmental Relations in 2015. Previously, she served for nine years as SHA’s Director for the Housing Choice Voucher program and Director of Advocacy at the Porchlight Center, developing and implementing the Porchlight Center’s strategic plans, budgets and operational procedures, and was responsible for federal, state and local policy issues and community building. Prior to joining SHA in 2005, she was King County Director for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell. Lisa has more than 15 years of management experience in the public and private sectors, including positions with the State of Washington, YWCA and TRAC Associates. She holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from Clemson University and completed the John F. Kennedy School of Government program for senior executives in state and local government.

Shelly Yapp
Shelly Yapp
Chief Financial Officer

Shelly joined the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) in June 2007, bringing more than 25 years of public sector management, financial and policy experience to SHA. Previously, she held the position of Redevelopment Director and Executive Advisor for the Seattle Center. During her tenure there, she was responsible for capital financing of the Seattle Center’s projects, managed more than $600 million in private investment and development at the Seattle Center and successfully completed the redevelopment of McCaw Hall. Shelly has also served as Executive Director of the Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority, Deputy Mayor to City of Seattle Mayor Charles Royer and Budget Director for King County. As King County Budget Director, she was responsible for the development and management of the County’s $500 million Operating and Capital budget, and was on the Executive Finance Committee directing investment policies and practices for more than 50 County funds. Shelly has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Washington, where she graduated cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She served as a member of the University of Washington’s Board of Regents for twelve years, having first been appointed by Governor Mike Lowry and later reappointed by Governor Gary Locke.