James Madden Named Pacific Northwest Market’s Senior Director
Enterprise is excited to announce that James Madden was recently promoted to the role of senior director of the Pacific Northwest market. James has been leading the great work of many initiatives in the region for four years as M.A. Leonard’s right hand on program design and implementation.
James helped launch the Home and Hope initiative to transform public and tax-exempt sites into affordable housing and early learning centers, the WA Early Learning Loan Fund to finance early learning centers, and the REDI Fund transit-oriented development acquisition loan program. James and the PNW team are excited to continue to evolve these programs and the market’s capacity building, racial equity, and policy advocacy work.
The Pacific Northwest team is equipped and ready to continue serving our communities in a time of tremendous change and opportunity. Now more than ever, affordable housing plays a crucial role in public health, economic vitality, climate resilience and pursuing racial and economic justice.
James will manage the team utilizing Enterprise’s platform to help the Pacific Northwest’s community development field evolve and adapt to a changing ecosystem. We will continue to convene across sectors in the region to catalyze innovations in community development, identify emerging trends that present novel opportunities and advocate to catalyze the evolution of our field locally.
“My family has chosen Seattle as home in large part because we believe that this region has America’s best potential to create equitable, sustainable communities – if we work for them,” James said. “We are honored to not only be a part of the community here in Seattle, but to also raise our daughter here. I look forward to sharing in your hopes and visions for how we can help our region thrive.”
Growing up in affordable housing in Massachusetts’ most diverse community, James knows intimately the importance of housing security and the potential individuals have when not denied opportunity. The first in his family to earn a degree, 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.