Leadership


Christopher Persons Chief Executive Officer

Christopher Persons has led Capitol Hill Housing since 2007. Chris has more than three decades of senior nonprofit leadership experience. Prior to joining CHH, he was executive director of Inspiration Corporation, a homeless and housing services agency in Chicago. Under his leadership, it grew from a neighborhood agency to a city-wide, award-winning corporation. Chris guided the organization through two mergers, started a housing program and opened a restaurant doubling as a job training and employment center.

Chris has led CHH through the development of two strategic plans and has refined a vision framework to drive the organization forward. In 2010 he oversaw the creation of the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation to develop resources to support CHH's work. Under Chris's leadership, the organization has grown significantly - adding several buildings and more than 350 affordable apartments to the portfolio as well as much more commercial space. 12th Avenue Arts, completed in 2014, is the organization's biggest project to date. This $47 Million development houses two performing arts theaters, 88 apartments, nonprofit offices and local retail, and has received several awards. Capitol Hill Housing continues to expand its community development work including the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict and a growing resident services program.

Chris has a long-standing commitment to leadership in community development. He served as Chair of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce for three years and served on the Seattle Planning Commission for four years. Chris is actively involved in the Capitol Hill neighborhood and is leading CHH's community partnerships in the Central District. Chris served as treasurer of the board of the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle and King County, is currently on the board of the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation, serves on the Housing Partnership Network's Public Policy Committee, and is a member of the Yesler Community Collaborative.


Jill Fleming Senior Vice President & Deputy Director

Jill Fleming is Capitol Hill Housing's Senior Vice President. Jill oversees real estate development, finance, sustainability and planning, and administration. She came to CHH in 2006 after 19 years in public accounting. Jill has extensive experience working with developers, owners and managers of affordable housing, and is well-versed in finance, accounting and compliance. She has also worked in commercial banking and mortgage lending. Jill currently is the Treasurer of the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County. Jill has served on the boards of the Affordable Housing Management Association of Washington, the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and the Mt. Baker Housing Association. She holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a BA from The Evergreen State College.


Michael Seiwerath Vice President of Advancement and External Affairs

Michael Seiwerath oversees fund development, communications and government relations at Capitol Hill Housing, including the $25 Million Rise Together Capital Campaign. He is the founding Executive Director of the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization that helps fund CHH's work to build vibrant and engaged communities. Michael staffs the Capitol Hill Arts District, serves on Seattle Central College’s Standing Advisory Committee and the Seattle Asian Art Museum Community Advisory Group. Prior to joining CHH in 2008, Michael was the Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum. Michael has served on the Seattle Arts Commission (chair), Washington Low Income Housing Alliance State Legislative Committee, the Cal Anderson Park Alliance Advisory Council and numerous grantmaking panels.


Greg Gibson Vice President of Strategy and Innovation

Greg is a CPA who spent seven years as an auditor with Moss Adams, LLP in Eugene and Seattle prior to joining the Capitol Hill Housing team in 2017. Prior to entering public accounting, he received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting from Washington State University. Greg is an active volunteer in the community, currently serving as the Board Treasurer for Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center. Previous volunteer experience has included working with buildOn, a national non-profit working to build schools in developing countries and serving as the Board Treasurer for Committed Partners for Youth in Lane County. He lives in South Park with his fiancé Derek and their dog Frankie. Greg enjoys spending the bulk of his free time outdoors hiking/back packing and running and is also an avid Washington State Cougar and anything Seattle sports fan.


Brad Lange Vice President of Asset Management

Brad Lange focuses on the financial sustainability, physical viability and mission alignment of the real estate portfolio. Brad has over 20 years of experience in real estate analysis, acquisitions, asset management, financing and dispositions. Prior to joining Capitol Hill Housing in 2013, he held positions for a variety of investors. Brad is licensed by the State of Washington as a Managing Broker. Brad earned a degree in Real Estate Appraisal and Investment Analysis from the University of Wisconsin, and is active in the Asset Management and Property Management Affinity group of the Housing Development Consortium.


Jeremy Wilkening Vice President of Real Estate Development

Jeremy Wilkening leads Capitol Hill Housing’s real estate development work. He began working at CHH in 2016. Prior to this he led real estate development at other community development corporations in the Boston area, the last of which was Urban Edge Housing Corporation. His development career began in 2002 in San Francisco and he has experience working in multiple states in the Northeast in creating both affordable and mixed-income housing as well as mixed-use transit oriented development. Jeremy earned an MBA at University of California, Davis and a BS in Chemical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.


Alex Brennan Executive Director of the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict

Alex oversees the community development and sustainability programs of the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict. He comes to CHH with over a decade of experience in urban planning, community organizing, and advocacy-based research in Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area. A Seattle native and graduate of Garfield High School, Alex has deep roots in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. He holds a Master of City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.


Ashley Thomas Senior Manager of Resident Services

Ashley received her interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts, “Examining Our Communities: Solidarity, Advocacy, and Activism through the lenses of Social, Political, and Cultural Studies” from Fairhaven College at Western Washington University. She comes with a background in program management, youth development, and creative facilitation. Before coming to Capitol Hill Housing, Ashley was the program coordinator for the Rain City Rock Camp for Girls Youth Advisory Board, Amplified Teen Voices. Ashley lives in Capitol Hill with her partner and many houseplants. In her spare time she plays bass in a heavy, sludgy, metal band. Her favorite thing about working for Capitol Hill Housing is that she gets to work alongside her neighbors in reimagining what home and community can look like when everyone has access to life-affirming resources.


Jeff Hagen Senior Manager of People and Culture

Jeff comes to CHH from the Los Angeles area where he worked as an HR professional for 15 years. His HR experience includes work at TBWA/Chiat/Day advertising, Musicians Institute of Hollywood and Technicolor. He was also the Manager of HR for Kabbalah Centre International, a religious non-profit. Originally from the Seattle area, Jeff received a degree in Economics from the University of Washington and a professional certificate in HR Management from UCLA. He also holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.


Michelle House Director of Compliance

Michelle has worked in the housing industry for over 14 years with experience ranging from Site Manager, Portfolio Manager, and Compliance. Prior to her work in the Affordable Housing industry Michelle worked with the Community Action Program in Kitsap County for 5 years providing assistance in areas of Low Income Heating & Energy Assistance, WIC, and Community Resources and Referrals. Michelle holds multiple certifications within the Compliance field for Affordable Housing and also has her Real Estate Brokers license. Michelle is fan of Seattle sports Seattle Sounders, Seahawks, Mariners and Storm. When not in the office Michelle enjoys her time with her Husband Shaun, son Chris, Granddaughter Alina and their dog Rocko.


Scott "Mac" McEachran Director of Facilities

Scott “Mac” McEachran oversees the operations of CHH’s maintenance services program (MSP) and capital projects. He has supervised the maintenance department at CHH since 2002. Mac has vast knowledge and experience at CHH buildings, and has managed increased responsibilities in his tenure. His efforts have grown CHH’s maintenance department and its ability to provide repair and maintenance for the growing portfolio of buildings. Prior to joining CHH, Mac worked as a Project Development Facilitator focused on continuous process improvement, worked in a lead position as Facilities Maintenance Technician for a large manufacturer and as a Journeyman Union Carpenter. He has 30 years of experience in facilities maintenance, building construction, property management and project management.


Terra Walsh Associate Director of Property Management


Toa'ale Mulitauaopele Director of Information Technology

As IT Director, Toa’ale oversees all technical operations for Capitol Hill Housing and is responsible for the organization’s IT infrastructure. Toa’ale joined the CHH team with over 20 years of experience in IT Operations and IT Management as well as a career reputation for aligning business goals and strategies with the latest technologies. Toa’ale is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He served as a helicopter pilot and transitioned into the civilian sector as an IT consultant in support of Microsoft operating systems. Toa’ale has managed IT operations for companies in Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing, Warehouse Distribution, Software Development, and Call Center Support. Of all his accomplishments, this single parent is most proud of being a father to his only son, Tunoa, and enjoys spending all available time with him. Toa’ale and his 13-year-old son are both avid sports fans.


Yiling Wong Senior Communications Manager

As the Senior Communications Manager, Yiling Wong coordinates communications for Capitol Hill Housing and the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation including event marketing, internal communications planning, media inquiries, and messaging strategy. She has over a decade of experience in public policy and nonprofit advocacy, including roles at Habitat for Humanity International, Smart Growth America, King County, and the University of Washington. She is passionate about building vibrant and engaged communities, and creating positive tools for purposeful, people-centered growth. Yiling holds a Master of Public Policy from George Washington University and a B.A. in Global Studies (focused: Migration, Identity & Population) from the University of Minnesota. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Northaven, a senior living community near Northgate. After renting in four different neighborhoods since moving to Seattle, she now lives in the Greenwood/Phinney neighborhood with her partner Kris and their experimental garden. In her free time she can be found paddling, pedaling, and eating.