Patience Malaba Named New Executive Director

We are very pleased to announce that Patience Malaba has been selected as HDC’s next Executive Director.

Patience Malaba, HDC’s new Executive Director

For almost four years at HDC, and in increasing levels of responsibility, Patience has served as HDC’s Director of Government Relations and Policy. Prior to that, she managed Seattle for Everyone, a broad coalition that was central to the success of Seattle’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA). Previous positions also include work with Futurewise and the Services Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 6

Patience has been recognized for her leadership in addressing the intersecting crises of affordable housing, racial equity, and climate change and was the 2020 Bullitt Foundation Environmental Fellowship awardee. A powerful advocate for affordable homes and equitable communities, her efforts have advanced cross-sector partnerships that result in equitable access to affordable housing. A demonstrated commitment to housing access, equity, and community makes her the ideal person to guide HDC into the next phase of our leadership role in creating affordable housing for all people in King County.

Board Chair Brian Lloyd stated: “I’m proud of the Board for undertaking a rigorous and diligent selection process. After considering multiple finalists, it was clear to the Board that Patience was the candidate who will continue HDC’s tradition of excellent member services and advocacy while also leading us in new ways of improving equity and serving community. She is ideally qualified and positioned to hit the ground running. From her birthplace in a Zimbabwe village to her leadership in our Seattle community, Patience has an inspiring personal story and a commitment to justice that fits our future work.”

In response to the announcement, Patience stated: “I am honored and excited to lead HDC as we continue our mission to build, sustain, and inspire a diverse network committed to producing, preserving, and increasing equitable access to affordable homes. The work of HDC has never been more vital. At this distinctive moment in time, the urgency of the exacerbated affordable housing crisis is combined with a growing climate crisis and the disturbing reality of persisting systemic inequities that call for bold action. Our unique and timely strategic plan is molded for such a time, to advance systemic change for an equitable future. HDC has been the backbone and glue for the housing community over the last 34 years and I’m eager to continue in that tradition while also growing our impact in an ever-changing environment.

Patience will start her new role on March 21st.

We invite you to join us for our Annual Celebration Event on March 29 as we welcome Patience into her new role and hear from her as our headline speaker. Now is the perfect time to remind all of us– members, stakeholders, board, and staff, that the success of HDC is a shared task; we are all called to donate, volunteer, educate, and advocate in whatever ways we can to serve our shared vision. This is how we can build on the foundation that HDC has been to date and grow our impact as we reach into the future.

— Brian Lloyd, Board President and Andrea Sato, Transition Committee Chair