Doug Daley has been appointed as Bellwether’s next executive director, replacing Sarah Rick Lewontin, who will retire after serving in the role since 2004. He officially joined the Bellwether staff on May 18, 2015, and begins his executive director tenure on June 15.
“The Bellwether team welcomes Doug’s strong background in finance and real estate, his fresh perspective and his commitment to making sure our communities are affordable for everyone, regardless of income,” said Lewontin. “With Doug’s leadership, I’m confident the organization will build on its history of success to meet current and future challenges.”
Daley’s professional experience includes more than ten years at Harbor Properties, including eight years as CEO. Harbor Properties, now known as Mack Urban, was a locally based full-service real estate company specializing in developing and managing mixed-use multi-family and commercial office buildings. Harbor developed and owned both market-rate and moderate-wage workforce housing properties in its apartment portfolio, located in close-in Seattle neighborhoods and near transit. In addition, under Daley’s leadership, Harbor was recognized for its design standards and its community outreach on all its development projects.
Prior to his time at Harbor, Daley was the chief financial officer at Trammel Crow Residential West Coast Group. Daley also served as the regional manager responsible for commercial real estate lending at Wells Fargo Bank.
“I am excited about this opportunity at a time when there’s a confluence of socially-minded investors who want to make a difference by supporting housing affordability in their community,” said Daley. “I am honored to be a part of this organization.”
Daley has been a member of the Bellwether board since 2010, and served as board chair in 2013 and 2014. Daley’s role as executive director will overlap with soon-to-retire executive director Sarah Lewontin.