Mark Putnam, director of All Home, will be leaving the organization in late January to accept a position as Executive Director of Accelerator YMCA, the largest housing provider for homeless youth and young adults in King County and a provider of mental health, employment, education, and foster youth services. His new position begins on Jan. 29, 2018.
As director of All Home, Putnam has provided leadership to a broad coalition of government, business, faith communities, nonprofits, and homeless advocates working together to develop and implement strategies to address homelessness for adults, youth and families across the region. All Home continues the work of the former Committee to End Homelessness in King County.
“Mark Putnam was instrumental in bringing the community together and refocusing the region’s outcomes and strategies around the goals of making homelessness rare, brief and one-time and the data shows we have made measureable progress in all three areas as a result of his leadership,” said Adrienne Quinn, director of the King County Department of Community and Human Services. “His work has helped countless individuals and families across King County who have been able to exit homelessness and re-stabilize their lives and futures.”
“Mark’s leadership at All Home has been important on a number of fronts during the last four years”, remarked Catherine Lester, Human Services Director for the City of Seattle. “I have deeply appreciated Mark’s partnership with the City of Seattle, and his support in aligning our investments, advocacy priorities, and policies through the lens of racial equity.”
Putnam became the director of All Home in December of 2013. Over the past four years, the region has seen an increase in the number of homeless people becoming housed by nearly 75%. Under his leadership, a new four-year strategic plan was developed and implemented. Putnam reached agreement among key All Home partners King County, the City of Seattle and United Way of King County for shared performance-based contracting measures and helped to bring about new public-facing dashboards to show system and program performance progress. All Home increased its annual Federal funding by $15M during his tenure, including a highly competitive youth homelessness grant from HUD. In recognition of his efforts, Putnam was named Change Agent of the Year by Real Change newspaper in 2015 and given the Breaking Barriers award from Somali Youth and Family Club in 2017.
“Under Mark’s leadership, All Home has helped elevate public awareness of and will to address the crisis of homelessness in King County,” said Sara Levin, VP of Community Services at United Way of King County and an All Home Board co-chair. “Among his many accomplishments in four years, Mark has changed the way we use data, increased focus on addressing racial disparities and worked hard to provide nonprofit agencies with tools to do their best work for a vulnerable population. He does this without losing focus on the lives of people experiencing homelessness. Mark has been a great partner to United Way and to me personally. While All Home is losing a strong, effective leader, the youth served by the Accelerator program will benefit from his talents.”
“Mark excelled for over four years in a very challenging assignment as Director of All Home,” said Gordon Henry, President and CEO of Solid Ground and an All Home Board co-chair. “His leadership at All Home followed 16 years of experience and service as a senior leader of Building Changes (formerly AIDS Housing of Washington). We will miss his compassion, focus and inclusive leadership of All Home. I’m very confident that he will excel as Executive Director of the Accelerator YMCA, continuing a two-decade legacy of service to those in our community experiencing homelessness, housing instability and oppression.”
Putnam assumes his new role at Accelerator YMCA later this month. The Accelerator YMCA served nearly 10,000 young people and their families last year, providing housing, employment and educational support, behavioral health services and family support services. Housing nearly 300 people per night, Accelerator YMCA is the largest provider of housing for homeless youth and young adults in King County.
“Serving as the Executive Director of All Home over the past four years has been an honor and a privilege,” said Putnam. “I am thrilled to be joining the Accelerator YMCA and continuing to work to address housing instability among youth and young adults in King County.”
Putnam will stay on to oversee the Count Us In point-in-time homeless count occurring on Jan. 26, 2018. Kira Zylstra, current assistant director, will become Acting Director of All Home. Prior to joining All Home, she worked at Solid Ground, a local nonprofit providing housing, supportive services and advocacy on behalf of low income and homelessness individuals and families in Seattle/King County. She assumes her new role upon Putnam’s departure.