Seattle, WA 98121
James Madden is senior program director in Enterprise Community Partners’ Seattle office. He oversees the Home and Hope initiative to transform underutilized public properties into affordable housing and early learning centers. James also manages capacity building grants and the Regional Equitable Development Initiative Fund acquisition loans to support transit-oriented development.
James’ career in this sector is informed by a childhood spent in affordable housing in Randolph, Mass. He relocated to Seattle in 2016 from Boston, where he worked as a real estate project manager at The Community Builders, Inc. (TCB), the nation’s largest nonprofit, urban, mixed-income housing developer. At TCB, James oversaw a diversity of development including low-income, middle-income and market rate; new construction and preservation; rental, homeownership and retail. James was also responsible for writing and managing major federal grants for TCB including Choice Neighborhoods, Sustainable Communities and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
Prior to work in housing development, James sought to achieve social justice outcomes through public policy and advocacy. He was field coordinator for the Campaign to Protect the Affordable Housing Law, which successfully protected Massachusetts’ primary law for creating affordable housing from repeal at the ballot. He worked as an organizer and policy advocate at Health Care for All, Massachusetts’ premiere consumer-focused health care policy organization. And, he was a member of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Education. James earned his master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Swarthmore College.