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Marty Kooistra

Executive Director
Housing Development Consortium of Seattle/King County

Seattle, Washington

A champion of place-based strategies for community revitalization in the US and abroad for 27 years, Marty is recognized for progressive work in affordable housing, poverty alleviation, asset-building, board development, and strategic alliances. A first career as founder and CEO of a successful diversified construction business and a subsequent degree in social work allowed him to merge his passion for the built environment with his commitment to social justice and led him directly to the affordable housing sector. A Bush Foundation fellowship at the Joint Center for Housing and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University gave Marty the opportunity to research networked nonprofits with Dr. Jane Wei-Skillern and their collaboration continues to this day. In his current role as executive director of the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County, Marty leads an association of 150 diverse organizations in their shared mission to increase access to affordable housing in one of the most challenging housing markets in the country. His board appointments include NACEDA, Global Washington, and Emerald Cities Seattle Council and he co-chairs the West Coast Poverty Center’s Housing Roundtable at the University of Washington.