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Executive staff

Andrew Lofton
Executive Director

Mr. Lofton 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, Mr. Lofton 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 Mr. Lofton’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). Mr. Lofton 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
Deputy Executive Director

Ms. Zuniga 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. Ms. Zuniga 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. Ms. Zuniga 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
Director of Housing Operations

Mr. Brandon was appointed Director of Housing Operations at the Seattle Housing Authority in January 2010. Mr. Brandon 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. Mr. Brandon also served as Assistant County Executive and Deputy Chief of Staff for City of Seattle Mayor Norm Rice. Mr. Brandon 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

Ms. Coughlin 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, Ms. Coughlin 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, Ms. Coughlin worked as a journalist.

James Fearn
General Counsel

Mr. Fearn is the General Counsel at the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA). He is an attorney with extensive experience in the areas of land use, zoning, environmental, real estate and municipal law. He also has been substantially involved in low-income housing development issues. Prior to coming to SHA, Mr. Fearn worked in the Land Use Division of the Seattle City Attorney’s Office, in private practice, and for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mr. Fearn has represented public and private organizations in connection with land development issues. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School.

Andria Lazaga
Director of the Office of Policy and Strategic Initiaitives

Ms. Lazaga 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, Ms. Lazaga 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.  

Ann-Marie Lindboe
Director of Housing Finance and Asset Management
Ms. Lindboe has been with the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) for 12 years as the Housing Finance Manager. In May 2006, that position was combined with the Asset Manager position and became a director-level role. Ms. Lindboe has more than 30 years of housing finance and development experience having worked previously for the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation and the Housing Authority of the City of Tacoma. Ms. Lindboe has a B.B.A. degree in Business Administration and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Alaska, Anchorage.
Steve McDowell
Chief Information Officer

Mr. McDowell 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.  Mr. McDowell has spent nearly 20 years in the housing industry for organizations in the private sector, including senior and market-rate housing.  Mr. McDowell 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
Human Resources Director

Mr. Nilsen 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, Mr. Nilsen worked with the federal General Services Administration in Seattle.

Stephanie Van Dyke
Director of Development

Ms. Van Dyke is responsible for overseeing the Seattle Housing Authority’s (SHA) Development Department, which manages neighborhood revitalization including development of affordable housing, community facilities, parks and public infrastructure. Three neighborhood efforts – Lake City, High Point, and Rainier Vista – resulted in 2,600 new homes for seniors, people with disabilities and families of all incomes. Ms. Van Dyke is leading the redevelopment of the Yesler Terrace public housing site into a transit-oriented mixed-income urban neighborhood. Prior to joining SHA, she worked as a Senior Project Manager at the City of Seattle, where she was responsible for redevelopment projects at the Seattle Center, including the $110 million McCaw Hall project. Ms. Van Dyke has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and has completed an apprenticeship in carpentry with Carpenters Local 131.

Cynthia West Setel
Director of the Housing Choice Voucher Program

Ms. Setel joined the Seattle Housing Authority in January 2015. Previously, she served for nearly five years as the Chief Financial Officer for Seattle-King County Public Health. In addition, Ms. Setel has served as a Health and Human Services Supervisor in the King County Office of Management and Budget, a Contract Monitor in the City of Seattle Human Services Department, and a Criminal Justice Strategic Advisor in the City of Seattle Office of Policy and Management. Prior to her work in government, Ms. Setel was a high school social studies teacher. She holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington.

Lisa Wolters
Director of Intergovernmental Relations

Ms. Wolters 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. Ms. Wolters 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
Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Yapp 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. Ms. Yapp 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. Ms. Yapp 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.