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Seattle Housing commissioners Gibson and Martinez reappointed

Board members reappointed for four years

Nora Gibson

Nora Gibson

Juan Martinez

Juan Martinez

SEATTLE — January 23, 2012 — Mayor Mike McGinn has reappointed Nora Gibson and Juan Martinez to the Seattle Housing Authority's Board of Commissioners for four years. The Seattle City Council confirmed the reappointment in early December 2011.

"Congratulations to both Juan and Nora for this strong affirmation of their commitment to the Seattle Housing Authority and the broader Seattle community," said Tom Tierney, the agency's Executive Director.

The Seattle Housing Authority is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners, two of whom are housing authority residents. The Mayor of Seattle appoints the board members, subject to confirmation by the Seattle City Council. The commissioners are responsible for approving the agency's annual budget and for setting policy.

Commissioner Nora Gibson is the executive director of Full Life Care, a nonprofit organization which provides adult day health services in the Pacific Northwest. Her 30-year career has focused on providing community-based long-term care for aging adults. Gibson is also currently a board member of the National Pioneer Network, the Brain Injury Association of Washington, Alzheimer's Association and Washington Adult Day Services Association.

Commissioner Juan Martinez works as a Constituent Liaison for a Congressional office in Seattle. He formerly served as the State Field Director for a community advocacy organization where he worked with community, education, labor, faith, and human services organizations to advocate for a progressive tax system that would benefit working families. He also spent five years working as a case manager for the Washington Department of Social and Health Services.

Both commissioners were originally appointed to the Seattle Housing board in August 2007 and their current terms will expire in March 2015.