ULI Northwest: Liberty Bank Building Tour


2022-08-11T16:00:00 - 2022-08-11T18:30:00

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    Liberty Bank Building 1405 24th Ave Seattle, WA 98122 United States


    Standard Pricing Until August 11 Members Non-Members
    All Types $35.00 $50.00

    The Central District’s Liberty Bank was the first Black-owned bank in Washington, providing much-needed capital and a path to financial equity for the Black community of Seattle.  Although the bank is no more, its legacy has been preserved in the form of a brand new, 115-unit, fully affordable multifamily project with 4 additional units of affordable ground-floor commercial space. Join us for a property tour and Q&A with project stakeholders to learn about how the Liberty Bank Building came to be and the measures taken to uplift the BIPOC community of Central Seattle.  Stay for a networking happy hour with food provided by chef Kristi Brown’s acclaimed Communion, located in the building.    


    The Liberty Bank Building is a finalist for the 2022 ULI Americas Awards for Excellence, and the first of three tours of finalists in the Puget Sound region. Still to come are tours of another finalist, Solis in Capitol Hill, and a winner, HopeWorks Station North in Everett.



    Tracey Seslen

    Senior Lecturer, Runstad Department of Real Estate at the University of Washington

    Tracey Seslen is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Finance and Business Economics at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business in Seattle, which she joined in late 2012. At Foster, Tracey teaches courses in Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Capital Markets, and Real Estate Development and Feasibility Analysis. Her interests within real estate include valuation, trends in retail, and affordable housing (both rental and ownership). In addition to teaching real estate classes, Tracey regularly takes MBA students abroad for international business study tours and organizes the annual UW Commercial Real Estate Symposium. She has been a member of ULI for nearly 18 years.


    Michelle Purnell-Hepburn

    DEI Director, Seattle Foundation

    Michelle hails from the non-for-profit financial world where she served in financial executive capacities at Salal, Seattle and Group Health Credit Unions. Michelle holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in finance, accounting and economics from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. She is a graduate of Western CUNA Management School and the Credit Union Executive Society, earning the title of “Certified Credit Union Executive.” She was also named “CFO of the Year” by the Puget Sound Business Journal in 2011. Michelle served on the Advisory Board of Capitol Hill Housing to preserve the legacy and the site of Liberty Bank of Seattle and recently joined the Board of Community Roots Housing. Michelle previously served as Managing Director, Controller & Accounting at Seattle Foundation. Michelle has been working at Seattle Foundation since 2018.


    Jeremy Wilkening

    VP of Real Estate Development, Community Roots Housing

    Jeremy Wilkening leads Community Roots Housing’s real estate development work. He began working at the organization in 2016. Prior to this, he led real estate development at other community development corporations in the Boston area, the last of which was Urban Edge Housing Corporation. His development career began in 2002 in San Francisco, and he has experience working in multiple states in the Northeast in creating both affordable and mixed-income housing as well as mixed-use, transit-oriented development. Jeremy earned an MBA at University of California-Davis and a BS in Chemical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.