Neighborhood House Executive Director Mark Okazaki Announces Pending Retirement

Written by on May 7, 2018 in Local and National News, Seattle Housing Authority - Comments Off

By Voice staff

Neighborhood House, one of the oldest social service agencies in the Puget Sound Region, announced April 25 that Executive Director Mark Okazaki will retire in the fall of 2019 after 18 years of service to the organization.

The Neighborhood House Board of Trustees will begin engaging a broad range of stakeholders to inform the search, selection, and transition process for the new Executive Director, with a comprehensive search for the new leader slated to start in early 2019 and a replacement scheduled to be in place by fall of 2019.

As a multiservice organization serving over 14,000 of our region’s immigrant, refugee and low-income community members each year, Neighborhood House has 27 locations throughout King County.

Under Okazaki’s leadership, the organization has quadrupled its budget from $5 million to $20 million, bringing services to some of King County’s most isolated residents and underserved communities. This includes a range of community health, employment, housing stability and homelessness prevention services, and a significant expansion of early learning programs.

“Mark’s storytelling, his humbleness, and his passion radiates to staff, donors, and policymakers and constantly pushes us to do more,” said Neighborhood House Board of Trustee President Aubrey Seffernick.

“During my time at Neighborhood House we have accomplished a lot and I am filled with pride every day,” said Okazaki.”We have a deeply committed Board of Trustees, a strong leadership team, passionate and dedicated staff, and effective management and financial systems in place. But there is much more to be done to help our neighbors reach their full potential—so finding a successor who will bring energy and passion to this organization and our community is essential.”


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