Public Development Authorities

Public Development Authorities (PDAs) are unique, independent entities of Seattle government, which are legally separate from the City. This allows accomplishment of public purpose activities without assuming them into the regular functions of City government. Each PDA is governed by a volunteer council, commonly called a governing board, which sets policies and oversees activities and staff. Thus, the success or failure of a public corporation is dependent on its council's abilities.

State and federal law require PDA contracts to contain language to the effect that liabilities incurred by the corporation must be satisfied exclusively from their own assets, and that no creditor or other person shall have a right of action against the City due to any debts, obligations, or liabilities of the public corporation.

Contact the Office of Intergovernmental Relations, Senior Policy Advisor, Kenny Pittman
at 206-684-8364 for more information and assistance with City PDAs.

Burke Gilman Place PDA

206-706-8000 | | Tom Ichelson, Administrator
The Burke Gilman Place PDA (BGPDA) manages the former Coast Guard property in northeast Seattle, near Children's Hospital. At present, facilities include Ronald McDonald House (two facilities), Provail (formerly United Cerebral Palsy) housing, Burke-Gilman Apartments (subsidized and market-rate housing), The Children's Center (a child care center), and housing under the auspices of the Capitol Hill Housing Improvement Program (CHHIP). 9 members appointed by Mayor, 3-year term.
Office location:
Tom Ichelson
2600 W. Commodore Way
Seattle, WA 98199

Capitol Hill Housing Improvement Program

206-329-7303 | | Chris Person, Executive Director
Capitol Hill Housing's vision is of a community that includes secure, comfortable and affordable housing opportunities for individuals and families across a broad range of incomes to support social and economic diversity. 12 members, 3 appointed by Mayor, 6 elected by constituency, and 3 appointed by the CHHIP Council, 3-year term.
Office location:
Main Office
1402 Third Avenue
Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98101

Historic Seattle PDA

206-622-6952 | | Kathleen Brooker, Executive Director
Historic Seattle believes that buildings provide an essential link to the past, reminding us of who we are and where we came from. Founded in 1974, Historic Seattle is the only nonprofit membership organization dedicated to preserving Seattle and King County's architectural legacy. Our mission is to educate, advocate and preserve. 12 members, 4 appointed by Mayor, 4 appointed by PDA Council, 4 elected by constituency, 4-year term.
Office location:
Dearborn House on First Hill
1117 Minor Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Museum Development Authority PDA's mission is to undertake/assist with, and otherwise facilitate the operation of the Seattle Art Museum in downtown Seattle. 9 members, 3 appointed by Mayor, 3 appointed by Seattle Art Museum, 3 appointed by MDA Council, 3-year term.
Office location:
c/o Seattle Art Museum
PO Box 22000
Seattle, WA 98122

Pacific Hospital PDA

206-325-1357 | | Jeff Natter, Executive Director
The mission of the Pacific Hospital Preservation & Development Authority (PHPDA) is to champion effective health care for the vulnerable and disadvantaged in our community. The Pacific Hospital PDA is governed by a volunteer governing council who oversee its activities and work to protect its asset (the property). Board meetings are open to the public, and the beginning of each meeting is reserved for public comment. The Pacific Hospital PDA is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization based in Seattle, Washington. 9 members, 4 appointed by Mayor, 1 by King County Executive, 4 by the PHPDA Governing Council. In 2012, the Pacific Hospital PDA completed its strategic plan for 2012-2015. The plan focuses on three major goals: access to health resources, improvement of health outcomes and enhanced stewardship.
Office location:Mailing Address:
1147 14th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
1200 12th Avenue South, Quarters 2
Seattle, WA 98144

Pike Place Market PDA

206-682-7453 | | Ben Franz-Knight, Executive Director
The Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority (PDA) is a not-for-profit, public corporation chartered by the City of Seattle in 1973 to manage the properties in the nine-acre Market Historic District. The PDA is required to preserve, rehabilitate and protect the Market's buildings; increase opportunities for farm and food retailing in the Market; incubate and support small and marginal businesses; and provide services for low-income people. 12 members, 4 appointed by Mayor, 4 appointed by PDA Council, 4 by constituency, 4-year term.
Office location:
PDA Conference Room
85 Pike Street
Room 500
Seattle, WA 98101

Seattle Chinatown/International District PDA

206-624-8929 | | Maiko Winkler-Chin, Executive Director
Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCID) mission is to preserve, promote and develop the Seattle Chinatown International District as a vibrant community and unique ethnic neighborhood. 12 members, 4 appointed by Mayor, 4 elected by PDA Council, 4 elected by constituency, 4-year term.
Office location:Mailing Address:
409 Maynard Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Post Office Box 3302
Seattle, WA 98104

Seattle Indian Services Commission

206-706-8000 | | Claudia Kauffman, Chair
The Seattle Indian Services Commission (SISC) is a public corporation as defined in City of Seattle Ordinance 103387 and was chartered in 1972 to: Provide effective, comprehensive, and coordinated planning services, activities, and programs that will meet the unique needs of the many Indian residents of Seattle who are scattered throughout the city. Five (5) members with 4 appointed by the two organizations and one appointed by the Mayor of Seattle. All members must be confirmed by the City Council.
Office location:
Pearl Warren Building
606 12th Avenue South
Commission Board Room
Seattle, WA 98144