Statement on the Resignation of CEO Marc Dones

Marc Dones, CEO of the King County Regional Homelessness Authority, has decided to step down.

The KCRHA team and our City and County partners are grateful and appreciative of the visionary work of CEO Marc Dones in starting up the King County Regional Homelessness Authority as a new regional agency. Mx. Dones has served as CEO since 2021, and was deeply involved in the design of the agency from its first inception in 2018. They have been a tireless advocate for racial equity and social justice, centering lived experience, increasing affordable housing, highlighting root causes of economic instability, and working together to iterate on new approaches to transforming the homelessness response system.

In two years, under CEO Dones’s leadership, KCRHA has hired 100 people, focused on unsheltered homelessness, reimagined the Point-In-Time Count to include the stories of people affected, resolved 13 long-standing encampments, deployed the most successful Emergency Housing Voucher strategy in the nation, and developed a more accurate count of the number of people experiencing homelessness so that we can match the scale of the solution to the scale of the problem.

With Marc’s resignation, Deputy CEO Helen Howell will step in as interim CEO. The purpose and function of KCRHA remain the same—to unify and coordinate policy and funding across all of King County for a regional approach to bringing more people inside. The agency has the continued and strong support of partners at the City of Seattle and King County, and we will work together to ensure a smooth transition.

We thank CEO Dones for their service, and wish them well in all future endeavors.

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