About Nicole

Nicole Macri is a longtime resident of Capitol Hill with more than twenty years of experience championing progressive causes on issues around affordable housing, homelessness, human services, and mental health. She has developed and managed housing projects, implemented social and health services programs, helped create policy directives, and lead advocacy and community outreach efforts.  Her work has delivered results for people experiencing homelessness, mental illness, chemical dependency, and for victims of abuse.

Nationally recognized, Nicole is a leader in practical and effective strategies that end the homelessness of people living with serious disabilities. She has been recognized as a steadfast advocate of people who are disabled and marginalized and also for her deep ties in our community. Currently, she is the Deputy Director for the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) in Seattle, where she has worked since 2002. She is responsible for providing housing and services to 7,000 chronically homeless adults annually and overseeing a budget of $41 million and 550 employees.

IMG_0606Nicole also serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, working to ensure all Washington residents have the opportunity to live in safe, healthy, affordable homes in thriving communities. She has championed Seattle’s Housing Levy, and was appointed by City Council to serve successive terms as a member of the Housing Levy Oversight Committee. As a member, it is Nicole's responsibility to monitor the progress of the $145 million Housing Levy approved by voters to achieve its goals with proper fiscal and accountability controls in place. In 2014, she received an Emerging Leader Award from the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle/King County for her outstanding work in the field of affordable housing.

Nicole was born in Brooklyn, NY, and moved to New Jersey when she was 11 years old. Both her parents grew up living in public housing, and strongly believed in the importance of public education as the pathway for their kids’ future success. Nicole attended Rutgers University, where she met her partner Deb Cayz, and was the first woman in her family to graduate from college. She earned her Master of Public Administration at the University of Washington, and a Certificate in Executive Leadership at Seattle University Albers School of Business. Inspired by the natural beauty and progressive values of the Northwest, Nicole and Deb moved to Seattle in 1999, and have lived on Capitol Hill for more than a decade.


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