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Rod became Executive Director of the Seattle Housing Authority in May 2021 and leads strategic planning and the day-to-day operations of the organization. Prior to becoming Executive Director, he served for 10 years as SHA’s Director of Housing Operations, overseeing SHA’s largest department with approximately 400 staff serving more than 17,000 residents in approximately 8,500 housing units. Rod has extensive career experience in creating innovative policies and programs, building critical partnerships, managing large projects, operations and budgets and developing diverse workforces. Rod has held increasingly responsible leadership positions in the public sector for the past 25 years, serving as Director of Sustainability and Environmental Services for King County, Assistant King County Executive for King County Executive Ron Sims 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 a program for senior executives in state and local government.