Christopher Persons Chief Executive Officer
Christopher Persons has served as CEO since 2007, bringing three decades of senior nonprofit leadership experience to Capitol Hill Housing. Prior to joining CHH, Chris served as executive director of Inspiration Corporation, a non-profit agency providing homeless and housing services in Chicago. Under his leadership, Inspiration Corporation grew from a neighborhood agency with a $415,000 budget to a city-wide, award-winning corporation with a budget of $2.8 million. Chris guided the organization through two mergers, started a housing program that has grown to over 100 units, and opened a full-service restaurant that doubles as a job training and employment center.
At CHH Chris has led the organization's 2010 strategic planning efforts, and is now implementing a vision framework that will drive the organization through a changed affordable housing landscape. Chris oversaw the creation of the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation, which leads the development of resources to support CHH's mission. He took CHH outside the city limits for the first time to develop a 30-apartment family building in partnership with local groups in White Center.
Chris has a long-standing commitment to community development work and leadership. He served as Chair of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce for three years and served on the Seattle Planning Commission for four years. He is active in the pressing issues that are setting the course for the future of the Capitol Hill community such as transit development and 12th Avenue growth. Chris is treasurer of the board of the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle and King County, is on the board of the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation and Impact Capital, and serves on the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Affordable Housing Incentives.
Jill Fleming Deputy Director / Chief Financial Officer
Jill Fleming, CPA, is Capitol Hill Housing's Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer. Jill oversees property management, asset management, finance 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 co-chairs the Housing Partnership Network CFO Community of Practice and is a member the StrengthMatters CFO Working Group. Jill has served on the boards of the Affordable Housing Management Association of Washington 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 Executive Director, Capitol Hill Housing Foundation
Michael Seiwerath leads the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation. Formed in 2010, the CHH Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that directly supports CHH's work in building vibrant and engaged communities. Michael is a native of the Puget Sound region, and has 15 years of experience in the Seattle non-profit sector. Prior to joining CHH in 2008, he was the Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum, the nationally recognized Capitol Hill film arts organization. At NWFF, he grew the organization budget 40% and led the capital campaign and renovation of the flagship cinemas at 12th and Pike. Michael serves on the Seattle Arts Commission, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance State Legislative Committee, and the Cal Anderson Park Alliance Advisory Council.
Brad Lange Director of Asset Management
Brad Lange focuses on the financial sustainability, physical viability and mission alignment of the real estate portfolio. Brad brings over 20 years of experience in real estate analysis, acquisitions, asset management, financing and dispositions to the organization. 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 and is the designated broker for CH Real Estate Management Services LLC, CHH's third party management firm. 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 HDC and the local chapter of the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association.
Billie Abers Director of Property Management
Billie Abers joined Capitol Hill Housing in 2006 as a member of the accounting and finance team. Billie now oversees the day to day operations of the property management team, including leasing, maintenance and management of commercial tenants. Prior to joining CHH she worked in Revenue Assurance for Alltel Wireless. Billie is currently on the Board of Directors for Affordable Housing Management Association of Washington and is a foster parent for Washington State.