board & governance


2013 Annual Report
Capitol Hill Housing Charter (updated 2011)
Capitol Hill Housing Rules & Regulations (updated 2011)

board materials

board members


Alice Quaintance, Chair - Partner, 3 Dog Bricolage

Catherine Hillenbrand, Vice Chair - Chair, Capitol Hill Champion Steering Committee

Sharron O'Donnell, CPA, Treasurer - Senior Manager, Bader Martin PS

Robert Schwartz, Secretary - Associate Vice President, Facilities, Seattle University

Pamela Banks - President & CEO, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle

Dana Behar - President & CEO, HAL Real Estate Investments

Rachel Ben-Shmuel - Senior Project Manager, Vulcan Real Estate

Paul Breckenridge - Breckenridge Consulting Services

Paige Chapel - President & CEO, Aeris

Elizabeth Dunn - Principal, Dunn + Hobbes, LLC

Farin Houk - Co Founder, Seattle Amistad School

Michael Malone - Principal, Hunters Capital

Drew Porter - Associate General Counsel, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Matt Roewe - Director, VIA Architecture

Emerging Leader Seat
Jaebadiah Gardner - Founder & CEO, GardnerGlobal, Inc.



Alice Quaintance - Alice has been a resident of Capitol Hill since 1976. She has worked over 30 years in housing and housing related issues, including as general contractor, assistant director of an emergency shelter, director of a hygiene and meal program for homeless people, senior policy analyst for Gambrell Urban, principal for AND Research (specializing in housing policy), and controller for a small housing agency. She was most recently with Manufactured Housing Community Preservationists. Alice holds an MA in urban social geography from the University of Washington, where she was the recipient of the Edward Ullman award for research excellence.


Catherine Hillenbrand - Cathy is a 45 year resident of Capitol Hill. She has had several businesses on the Hill including the Comet Tavern and the Real Comet Press. After 30 plus years in the Stevens neighborhood, she and her husband are resident owners of the DuBois Apartments near Seattle Central Community College. Cathy currently chairs the Steering Committee of the Capitol Hill Champion, a joint venture of the Community Council and the Chamber, formed to implement our community's vision for the redevelopment above the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station. Cathy is a graduate of Duke University and holds a JD from the University of Washington.


Sharron O'Donnell - Sharron provides audit services to for-profit and not-for-profit clients including arts, membership, social services, church and housing organizations, and private foundations. She is a recognized expert in accounting and auditing and serves on the Washington State Board of Accountancy, where she currently holds the position of Vice Chair. Sharron holds a BA in English, Gonzaga University and a BA in Business Administration/Accounting, cum laude, Seattle University.


Robert Schwartz - Robert has provided facility management and capitol project development for Seattle University since 2010. Prior to that, he was a leader in strategic planning, sustainable design and construction, and project management at M.A. Mortenson Company. Previously he held project management roles with Oki Developments and Bechtel Corporation. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds an MS from the University of California and a BS from the University of Washington.



Pamela Banks - Pamela is the President and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle. In June 2012,she retired from the city of Seattle after 30 years of service, having worked in housing and human services, neighborhoods, transportation and as the Director of Community Outreach for former Mayor Greg Nickels. Pamela is a graduate of the University of Washington and is a long time resident of the Central District.


Dana Behar - In his 20 years with HAL Real Estate Investments, Dana has acquired and/or developed residential and office properties valued at $1 billion. Prior to HAL, he led several start-up companies, served as director of marketing of Egghead Software and worked in brand management at Procter and Gamble. Dana has a BA in Business from the University of Washington, an MBA from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania, and is an AMDP graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has served on several boards and committees including the downtown Seattle Design Review Board, the Seattle Landmarks Board, and the Development Committee of Historic Seattle.


Rachel Ben-Shmuel - Rachel has been with Vulcan Real Estate since 2005. Prior to that, she managed permitting and special projects for the Seattle Monorail Project. From 1990 to 2002, Rachel led a consulting practice that provided land use advice, government relations support and permit management to attorneys, developers, architects and local governments. She was executive director of the Seattle Planning Commission from 1984 to 1988, during which time the Commission developed a model for neighborhood planning and citizen involvement in the budget process that is still in use today. Rachel holds a BA in history from the University of Wisconsin and an MA in Russian area studies from the University of Washington.


Paul Breckenridge - Paul founded BCS in 2007 to help bridge the gap between the organizations that provide tax credit capital and the developers and service agencies that utilize that capital. Prior to starting BCS, Paul served as the Western Region Director for Enterprise Community Investment's Structured Finance Department. At Enterprise, Paul managed over $160 million in NMTC and Low Income Housing Tax Credit investment throughout the western US. Paul previously worked as a developer at the Low Income Housing Institute. Paul is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in Jamaica from 1997-1999. Paul holds an MBA from the University of Washington, and a BS from Willamette University.


Paige Chapel - Paige is President of Aeris, which supports investment in community development financial institutions (CDFIs). She has worked in community development and finance for more than three decades. She co-founded ShoreBank Advisory Services and served as co-CEO beginning in 1991. During her tenure, she led several of the company's largest development banking assignments. Paige went on to establish the loan production offices and national deposit-raising efforts of ShoreBank Pacific, a federally regulated rural development bank. In 1999, Paige launched a national consulting practice focused on market-based strategies and innovations in development finance.


Elizabeth Dunn - Liz has owned real estate development company Dunn & Hobbes LLC since 1997. Prior to that, she worked on software engineering and product development at Microsoft and DreamWorks Interactive, and as an independent consultant to several software and media clients. Liz has served on the Mayor's Green Building Task Force, the Cultural Overlay District Advisory Committee and the Pike-Pine Urban Neighborhood Coalition, and is the Consulting Director of the Preservation Green Lab for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Liz holds a BMath in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from INSEAD and has completed graduate coursework in urban policy and sustainability.


Farin Houk - Farin is an elementary school teacher and co-founder of the Seattle Amistad School. Farin has been in education for over 15 years, as a teacher, literacy coach, author, and administrator. She holds an MA in Bilingual/Bicultural Education from Pacific Oaks College and is a graduate of the Danforth Educational Leadership Program at the University of Washington. Farin is back in the city, living with her three children at Gilman Court in Ballard, thanks to Capitol Hill Housing.



Michael Malone - Michael has been involved in real estate development since the early 1980s. Today he is known for his focus on historic preservation and growth in the Pike/Pine Neighborhood. He founded AEI Music Network Inc. in 1971 and built it into the world's leading multi-national music programming and distribution company before selling it in 2001. Always passionate about preserving Seattle's historic architecture, he bought and renovated the Sorrento Hotel in 1981. Michael has served on many boards and commissions including PONCHO (Patrons of Northwest Charitable Organization), the University of Washington TYEE Board of Advisors, the Seattle Police Foundation, and the National Council of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


Drew Porter - Drew joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2008, and works with all program areas on issues relating to grant making, investments, advocacy activities, corporate governance, and tax compliance. Prior to that, Drew was an attorney at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, where he counseled clients regarding the organization and operation of tax-exempt entities. He also served as Tax Counsel to a senior member of the Ways & Means Committee of the US House of Representatives. Drew holds a law degree from Columbia University and a Masters of Law in Taxation from Georgetown University, and gradutaed from the University of Washington. He lives with his family on Capitol Hill.


Matt Roewe - Matt is a visionary architect and urban designer who combines conceptualization skills with collaborative and innovative thinking. Matt brings VIA's projects to life with a dynamic three dimensional approach combined with a sharp sense of market economics. Matt believes sustainable living is rooted in minimizing our ecological footprint and he makes deliberate low-impact and walkable lifestyle choices. Matt is currently a city council appointed member of the Seattle Planning Commission. He is also the former chair of the South Lake Union/Queen Anne Design Review Board, an active participant with The Seattle Great City Initiative and The Seattle Streetcar Alliance.


Jaebadiah Gardner - Jaebadiah is the Founder & CEO of GardnerGlobal, Inc. and the Managing Partner for Onpoint Real Estate Services, LLC. Jaebadiah graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington and received the Vice President's Transformation Award and the Edward E. Carlson Leadership Award. He earned a JD from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Grand Rapids, MI, with a focus in business and real estate law. Prior to attending law school, Jaebadiah worked as project engineer for Turner Construction in Seattle. He has served as a board member for the Breakfast Group and the Seattle Urban League Young Professionals.
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