Meet the Communities of Opportunity Executive Director

Communities of Opportunity is so fortunate to welcome Andréa Akita as its first Executive Director. Andréa has more than 20 years of experience working with Seattle communities to develop affordable housing, increase access to human services and influence policy that improves health and increases social equity. Her community development, public sector and nonprofit work has…

Communities of Opportunity connects Rainier Valley residents with tech careers

The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) recently featured Communities of Opportunity’s  work to expand local hiring opportunities for communities of color. From the WTIA blog . . . “I (Dan Bernard) work for King County on the Communities of Opportunity (COO) Initiative, and a goal of the COO Initiative is to ensure all residents thrive economically.…

Community-owned data is our truest form of accountability

By Nadine Chan, PhD, MPH Epidemiologist, Public Health – Seattle & King County At a recent Communities of Opportunity meeting, Sili Savusa—a neighborhood leader in White Center—proudly shared findings from a community-led health survey. It is in fact the most comprehensive health survey in the neighborhood and captures the concerns, assets, equity issues, and diversity within the…

A local organization’s perspective on why Communities of Opportunity is receiving national attention

In King County, many have taken note of Communities of Opportunity (COO), a ground-breaking partnership between community, the Seattle Foundation and King County to address inequities in health, social, racial, and economic outcomes. Now this approach is getting national attention. This past weekend, US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro honored Communities of Opportunity.…

Communities of Opportunity update – Feb. 25

All children, youth and families in King County should have the opportunity to live, learn, work and play in thriving communities. For this reason, approximately 10% of the Best Starts for Kids levy is dedicated to Communities of Opportunity (COO), an initiative launched by King County and the Seattle Foundation in early 2014.The COO initiative…