The Board of Directors for the San Juan Community Home Trust has selected David S. Gow to be the new Executive Director beginning June 1, 2017. Nancy DeVaux, the Executive Director for the past 12 years is retiring.
Gow moved to San Juan Island in 2012 and lives with his partner, Heather Mueller, a teacher at Friday Harbor Elementary School.
Gow has extensive experience spanning two decades, holding professional positions within a number of non-profit organizations in the Puget Sound region, where he has been responsible for grant and contract writing, administrative functions, event planning, volunteer coordination and budgetary/financial management. He has a BA in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Washington and is a native of the Seattle area.
According to his Linked in page his career in Seattle nonprofits started in 1993. He was Development Director for the Environmental Outreach and Stewardship Alliance for five months; Grants and Contracts Officer for People for Puget Sound for three years; Grants officer for Hearing Speech and Deafness Center for 15 months; Grants Officer at Woodland Zoo for five years and Manager of Grants and Development Information for A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) for six years.
Gow will begin his tenure on May 1 in order to overlap with DeVaux.
During the month of May, the Home Trust board invites community members to stop by the Community Home Trust office at 435 Argyle Avenueto share their thoughts on the trust's, to welcome Gow and to thank DeVaux. The Board says, "We are thrilled to employ David’s energy and skills to begin a new era of developing permanently affordable housing for low and moderate income families on San Juan Island"