As housing prices escalate in our region, many people have been economically or physically displaced from their residences, and people of color have been disproportionately impacted as they are pushed out of neighborhoods they were historically redlined into.
Not only does displacement have negative environmental impacts as it contributes to sprawl, but it has major social ramifications as well. People who were previously rooted in their community are having to leave and this separation is painful and unhealthy both for individuals and communities. At the same time, as a region with a rapidly growing population, we must accommodate more people in urban areas. How do we develop while minimizing displacement? This discussion will grapple with this complex question, as panelists talk about creative ideas to maximize both social and environmental good through affordable housing, robust communities, and innovative policy.
Hodan Hassan is a community organizer and activist in Seattle. In her day job, she’s the Climate Justice Organizer for Got Green where she develops community leadership, represents Got Green in local alliances, and is working on creating a campaign narrative on climate, displacement, and gentrification.
Hodan began her journey as a Washington Bus Fellow where she learned all the skills of a political organizer. She then moved on to work as a Campus Organizer with the Bus where she worked with students from six universities on campus civic engagement. When she’s not working, she’s probably watching television.
Marty is recognized for his leadership in community revitalization, poverty alleviation, green building, board development, networks, and strategic alliances domestically and globally. As executive director of the Housing Development Consortium, Marty leads an association of 165 diverse organizations in a shared mission to increase access to affordable housing.
A first career as founder of a diversified construction business and a subsequent degree in social work allowed Marty to merge his passion for the built environment with his commitment to social justice—and led him directly to the affordable housing sector.
A past Bush Foundation fellow at the Joint Center for Housing and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, Marty co-chairs the University of Washington’s West Coast Poverty Center Housing Roundtable and PSRC’s Regional TOD Advisory Committee and serves on the boards of Global Washington, Emerald Cities Seattle, WA Nonprofits, and NACEDA.
Michael Maddux serves as a policy researcher and legislative assistant to Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda. His portfolio includes affordable housing and land use & zoning. Prior to joining the team, Michael spent 12 years working as a litigation paralegal, being active in the community around affordable housing and park funding. This included serving as campaign manager for the 2016 Seattle Housing Levy, which was embraced by Seattle voters, taking 70.6% of the vote. Michael is particularly interested in expanding housing capacity in all parts of the city, with a focus on sustainable construction. He lives in the Eastlake neighborhood of Seattle with his teenage son.
Jamie Stroble currently works for King County's Climate Action Team as the lead on climate engagement and community partnership collaborative efforts, and the integration of equity and social justice into regional climate action and resilience planning.
Previously, Jamie worked for a non-profit in the Chinatown/International District, engaging and empowering Asian Pacific Islander (API) youth and elders around environmental justice and community development. She is actively involved in community work, serving on the boards of the non-profit Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF) and APICAT for Healthy Communities, as a Climate Justice volunteer with Got Green, and as a former Community Partner Steering Committee member of the City of Seattle’s Environment & Equity Initiative.
Now retired from public service, Diane had more than 38 years with the City of Seattle—including 13 in the variously named planning offices and projects, then 11 years in a primarily regulatory agency. She came full circle, leading the agency that combined the two, Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development from 2002 through 2015.
The department was responsible for the full-range of development activities from long-range and comprehensive planning to policy and code development, plan and project review, permit issuance, inspections and enforcement.
Diane was named an Honorary member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle, 2005; a member of the Green Building Advisory Group for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America, 2006-07; a finalist for the Betterbricks “Advocate” Award, 2007; Public Employee of the Year awarded jointly by the local chapters of Master Builders Association and the American Planning Association, 2007; named a Living Building Hero by the International Living Future Institute, 2013; named a Cascadia Fellow by the Cascadia Green Building Council, 2013.
March 21, 2016 was proclaimed Diane Sugimura Day in the city of Seattle by Mayor Murray and the City Council.