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27th Annual Housing Issues Briefing

June 4, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

27th Annual Housing Issues Briefing


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King County’s Housing Crisis: Addressing Strategies to Achieve Solutions

Very limited housing options and skyrocketing housing prices squeezes the middle class out of affordable housing and into long commutes. What solutions are being crafted or evaluated to plan for and accommodate housing affordable to all economic segments of our population?


Keynote Speaker

Matthew Gardner

Chief Economist, Windermere Real Estate

As Chief Economist for Windermere Real Estate, Matthew Gardner is responsible for analyzing and interpreting economic data and its impact on the real estate market on both a local and national level. Matthew has over 28 years of professional experience both in the U.S. and U.K. In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, Matthew also sits on the Washington State Governors Council of Economic Advisors; chairs the Board of Trustees at the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at the University of Washington; and is an Advisory Board Member at the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington where he also lectures in real estate economics.


Eddie Chang

VP Governmental & Public Affairs, Seattle King County REALTORS®

Being a real estate professional means more than selling homes. It’s about a relationship based on trust, knowledge and expertise. Eddie has a keen understanding of the beautiful Pacific Northwest and the local real estate market and grew up right here in the Puget Sound area, attending high school on the Eastside. He is deeply committed to the community, serving as an Honor Roll REALTOR® member of the Bellevue Schools Foundation; committee member for the Bellevue Schools Foundation in the Community Engagement and Marketing committees; and is a Seattle Aquarium Splash committee member. His appointments by the Washington State and King County REALTORS® associations include Director for both Seattle King County REALTORS® and Washington REALTORS®, Seattle King County Government Affairs, Washington REALTORS® Legislative Steering, Co-Chair of the Diversity Presidential Advisory Group and recognition as the 2017 Government Affairs “Volunteer of the Year.”

Panel Speaker

Joe Fitzgibbon

State Representative,
34th Legislative District

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon was elected to represent the 34th Legislative District in 2010. He chairs the House Environment & Energy Committee and sits on the Appropriations and Rural Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources committees. He also serves on the Select Committee for Pension Policy. Prior to his election, Joe was a legislative staffer and member of the Burien Planning Commission. Joe’s top legislative priority is the fight against climate change. He has sponsored and helped to enact laws reducing Washington’s greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, electricity, refrigeration, and buildings; improving marine habitat protections for salmon, orcas, and forage fish; and promoting smart growth and transit-oriented communities. He has also worked to increase funding for transit, to pass criminal justice reforms to right the wrongs committed in the war on drugs, and to expand voting rights. Joe grew up in Burien and lives in West Seattle.

Panel Speaker

Nicole Macri

State Representative,
43rd Legislative District

Rep. Nicole Macri was elected to the Washington House of Representatives in 2016, and represents the 43rd legislative district of Washington, which includes the Seattle neighborhoods of Downtown, First Hill, Capitol Hill, Madison Valley, Madison Park, Montlake, University District, Ravenna, Wallingford, Fremont and Phinney Ridge. She serves as vice chair of the Healthcare and Wellness Committee and is a member of the Appropriations and Finance Committees. She is also a member of the Washington State LGBTQ Caucus. Nicole has more than 20 years of experience championing progressive causes on issues around affordable housing, homelessness, human services, and mental health. She has been at the forefront of the Housing First movement nationally, and is a recognized leader in practical and effective strategies that end the homelessness of people living with serious disabilities. Outside the Legislature, Nicole is the Deputy Director for the Downtown Emergency Service Center in Seattle.


June 4, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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