ULI Northwest | North Lot Affordable Housing Panel


2023-05-09T16:00:00 - 2023-05-09T18:00:00

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    Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington 1414 South Weller Street Seattle, WA 98144 United States


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    The North Lot project – developed by SCIDpda and currently under construction on surplus land on the Pacific Medical Tower site – showcases how partnerships between nonprofits, public agencies, and elected officials can bring complex affordable housing deals to reality. Join us for a panel discussion with members of the project team as we discuss the keys to the project's successful community engagement, design, and financing. Our panelists include Jamie Lee, SCIDpda; Joel Ing, Edge Developers; Stephanie Ferrell, Weber Thompson; and Miguel Maestas, El Centro de la Raza. 



    Jamie Lee


    Jamie has nearly 20 years of experience in the non-profit and public sector and has held leadership roles at SCIDpda for eight of those years. She most recently served as SCIDpda’s Director of Community Initiatives, overseeing external partnerships, fundraising, small business assistance, public space design, and neighborhood safety. Jamie is currently the Board Chair at International District Emergency Center and has served on a number of other boards and committees, including Chinatown International District Business Improvement Area and Historic South Downtown. In 2021, Jamie received the Friend of Housing Community Crisis Response Award for her work supporting residents and small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jamie has a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Social Work from the University of Washington.


    Joel Ing

    Edge Developers LLC

    Joel Ing has been a specialist in community development for over thirty years, managing a wide range of projects throughout the Northwest. He has expertise in both private and public financing structures including regulations associated with affordable housing funding, and Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. He is a primary contact in negotiations with property owners, funders, lenders, and investors, and is responsible for the financial feasibility analysis of development opportunities. This includes managing new project opportunities, negotiating property acquisition terms, structuring development budgets, formulating partnership documents, and overseeing the due diligence leading to financial closings. Joel has a long history of assisting non-profit and government organizations in fulfilling their missions through publicly financed projects. He previously worked as a public finance banker and municipal credit analyst. Joel takes pride in remaining active in the community he was raised in and has served on numerous boards and volunteered for various causes. He serves on the King County Housing Development Consortium Board and is a Governor appointee to the Washington State Public Stadium Authority. He formerly served on the Washington State Affordable Housing Advisory Board.


    Miguel Maestas

    El Centro de la Raza

    Miguel is the Associate Director of El Centro de la Raza (The Center for People of all Races), in Seattle, WA, and has been with El Centro for a total of 23 years. Miguel is actively engaged in community development and organizing communities for advocacy and participation and has distinguished himself as an effective leader and a respected community organizer. Miguel has had many roles with the organization over the years including youth case manager, operations and facilities oversite, cultural events coordination and Housing and Economic Development Director. Miguel has a leadership role in innovative and inclusive development, including Plaza Roberto Maestas, an award winning mixed-use affordable housing development at El Centro’s main campus. Miguel has also helped lead the development of three childcare centers in affordable housing developments in Seattle with three additional sites currently in the planning and construction phases.


    Stephanie Ferrell

    Associate, Weber Thompson Architects

    Stephanie Farrell’s previous career in mechanical engineering has given her a solid platform in spatial reasoning and technical know-how. Working at IBM in product manufacturing and later in technical sales at General Electric, Stephanie felt fulfilled but was never entirely passionate about the products she was designing and selling. So in 2013 she jumped ship and dove into the Master of Architecture program at UW, eager to follow her original dream of becoming an architect. While in school she worked with Professor Gundula Proksch, who inspired her to learn about urban agricultural systems and to investigate how the built environment can enhance and improve communities. This was the path through which she discovered Weber Thompson. For the last three years, she’s been working on North Lot, an affordable housing project that will provide housing, daycare, and community services for the northern Beacon Hill neighborhood, and is currently doing Construction Administration for the project. She is passionate about solving Seattle’s homelessness/housing problems and volunteers for BLOCK Project and Plymouth Housing whenever possible. At home, Stephanie spends time with her family (her three children and Shiba Inu keep her busy) but finds as much time as possible to run, cook, hike, grow vegetables, and hang out on her houseboat.