Seattle hires affordable housing advocate

Seattle has hired a new manager to lead its effort to implement the City’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda. This week, Sara Maxana, a regional planner and affordable housing advocate, joined Mayor Ed Murray’s Office of Planning and Community Development.

“Creating great, walkable neighborhoods is a lifelong passion for me,” said Maxana. “Affordable housing choices are an essential ingredient for diverse and growing cities like Seattle. I am excited that Seattle is implementing some of the most innovative housing strategies anywhere in the country. I look forward to supporting the mayor’s goal of 20,000 new affordable homes so that everyone who works in Seattle can afford to live here.”

Previously Maxana was a principal planner for the Puget Sound Regional Council, where she worked since 2011 on the Growing Transit Communities Partnership. That regional effort seeks to create equitable opportunities for people to live and work near high-capacity transit. Prior to PSRC, she was the Urban Strategies Director and Co-Executive Director of Futurewise, a statewide smart growth advocacy organization.

Maxana is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Ohio State University.

For more information on the City’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda, visit

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