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's oversight of property management has led to a dramatic increase in organizational revenues over the past two years.
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.
Cynthia Chirot Chief Operating Officer
Cynthia Chirot joined Capitol Hill Housing in 2014 and leads all operations activities. Cynthia started her career in banking and spent many years as COO at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle, where she helped develop and introduce several affordable housing programs. She transitioned into nonprofit leadership in 2005. She served as Interim COO of the Washington Women's Foundation, where she led projects to enhance financial, operational and governance infrastructure. Most recently, she was Regional Chief Operating Officer at the American Red Cross - Western Washington, where she was responsible for operations, programs and initiatives to support staff development.
Cynthia served as a CHH board member for several years and she is currently a member of the downtown Seattle Rotary and the Washington Women's Foundation. She also serves on the board of PeaceTrees Vietnam. She holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a BA from the University of North Carolina and is a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow. She and her husband Dan are longtime Capitol Hill residents.
Jill Fleming Chief Financial Officer
Jill Fleming, CPA, oversees finance and asset management. Jill came to CHH in 2006 after 19 years in public accounting, including 8 years as a partner with the firm Blume Loveridge. Jill has extensive experience working with developers, owners and managers of affordable housing, and is well-versed in finance, accounting and compliance using HUD, RD, LIHTC, NAHASDA and other federal and state programs. She has also worked in commercial banking and mortgage lending. Jill serves on the boards of the Affordable Housing Management Association of Washington and the Mt. Baker Housing Association. She has been a Desk Reviewer for the Washington State Board of Accountancy's Quality Assurance Review program since 1997. Jill holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a BA from The Evergreen State College.
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.
David Dologite Director of Real Estate and Sustainable Communities
David Dologite is responsible for Capitol Hill Housing's affordable housing and community facilities development work, as well as neighborhood planning, revitalization and sustainability programs. Prior to joining CHH in 2012, David served in real estate development roles for seven years with nonprofit affordable housing development organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Most recently he was with Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation where he was senior project manager on $140 million in mixed-use development activities which includes over 360 units of affordable, market and workforce housing in downtown San Francisco, as well as managing the acquisition of a portfolio of low-income and supportive housing developments totaling over 500 units.
He also served in development director and senior project management capacities with a community organization in Oakland where he managed the development of nearly 650 units of low-income housing and over 100,000 square feet of community-serving commercial facilities. Previously, he was a project manager for four years with a neighborhood-based community development corporation in Boston. David is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and is currently Vice Chair of the Pike Pine Urban Neighborhood Council.
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.