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Mosqueda’s Committee Approves Housing Director Emily Alvarado

Council
scheduled to cast final confirmation vote during Monday’s Full Council meeting

SEATTLECouncilmember
Teresa Mosqueda
(Position 8, Citywide), Chair of the Council’s Housing, Health,
Energy and Workers’ Rights Committee
, issued the following statement following a favorable vote of
Appt. 1428 to approve Emily Alvarado as the incoming Director
of the Office of Housing.

“During this time of unprecedented need for more affordable
housing in Seattle, Emily is the right person to lead the way towards a more
inclusive and equitable city,” said Mosqueda. “Emily is knowledgeable about
Seattle’s housing needs and possesses a demonstrated appreciation for the role
of permanent affordable housing in promoting social inclusion, reducing
poverty, and creating healthier and more resilient communities. Her strong
relationships with Seattle communities, support for community-led development,
and expertise in leveraging City funding and resources will be instrumental in
creating affordable housing that benefits all communities in Seattle.”

“Emily is someone with a bold
vision for housing in Seattle,” said Patience Malaba, Policy Manager for the
Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County. “She has for many years
been in front of the biggest housing issues, in partnership with the community,
and has been a voice advocating for an equitable and inclusive city. As the
affordable housing community, we are thrilled to see this appointment and look
forward to continued partnership to address the critical need for affordable housing
in our city and region.”

“Seattle’s affordable housing investments are important to help
workers achieve the economic stability that makes our city run—not only by
providing access to affordable housing where they work, but by making sure that
when we build the housing, we’re creating good jobs,” said Monty Anderson,
Executive Secretary for the Seattle Building Trades Labor Council. “A Director
who understands and appreciates the intersection of housing and the need for
good jobs and strong labor standards is what the City of Seattle needs—and
that’s what we’ll get with Emily Alvarado.”

Alvarado currently serves as Acting Director of the Office of
Housing.  Earlier this month, Mayor Durkan nominated Emily Alvarado as
Director of the Office of Housing.

Between 2014 and 2019, Emily served as Manager of Policy and
Equitable Development at the Office of Housing. Her previous roles include
serving in non-profit organizations on affordable housing and equitable
development advocacy and policy development, including the Housing Development
Consortium of Seattle-King County, the Housing Consortium of Everett and
Snohomish County, and Pittsburgh UNITED.  More recently, she has
contributed her time and talents to Seattle in her role as Acting Director of
the Office of Housing.

The Council is scheduled to vote on Alvarado’s confirmation during
Monday’s meeting of the Full Council at 2:00 p.m. 

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