Officials and Guests in Attendance
All Board members except A. Quinn. L. Green was present for H. Odom. J. Spotted Elk was going to step down from the Board but has decided to stay. H. Howell was present but is stepping down due to taking a new job with the City of Seattle. Her replacement has not been identified.
Board members were attentive, engaged, respectful of each other.
Accessing the Meeting and Materials
The meeting started within five or so minutes of the scheduled start time. of the scheduled start time. from the start time. I observed the entire meeting. The agenda was posted ahead of the meeting. as well as meeting materials. The meeting was easy to access, but date of meeting should have been posted earlier.
Summary of Discussion
The agenda was followed.
N. Caminos led the meeting and started as they always do with first acknowledging the land they were meeting on, second explaining the public comment process and third kicking off the group with a grounding question. This meeting's grounding question was - How do you see using the Theory of Change in the work of the Implementation Board?
P. Carvalho said it was good that they are trying something new and that centering equity is not always the quickest way but we believe it is the right way.
L. Green shared some quotes "Those closest to the pain are closest to the change" "People need their power back"
M. Ramos appreciated the leadership of the Lived Experience Coalition.
G. McHenry said the challenge for them is to behave in ways that groups like themselves have not in the past. The work needs to be rooted in relationships with those in need.
C. Anderson said this was an initial giant step in levelling the playing field with marginalized groups.
J. Spotted Elk was glad to be back, grateful for the land acknowledgement, and appreciated the open door and opportunity to center voices of the marginalized.
J. Chelminiak said the customer centered focus provides a unique opportunity to find a solution and appreciated learning more about equity focus at prior meetings.
S. Reddy said he agreed that returning power is the goal.
CEO Hiring Update
4 candidates identified for interviews on Jan 15. Final selection and vote scheduled for Feb 4.
Discussion took place on questions to ask in addition to what the recruiting firm put forth. Recruitment firm questions covered - expertise/understanding of homelessness; commitment to equity, race and social justices; management skills; communication/leadership style; transformation/doing things differently. Board's additions were:
P. Carvalho thought a question past crisis management would be good - more on prevention.
S. Reddy wanted to know the candidates thoughts on the relationship between health and homelessness.
G. McHenry wanted to know if the candidates had experience in building coalitions, relationships with multiple groups.
S. Rankin agreed with G. McHenry's point and wanted to know the candidates take on the ILA - are there any problems they see that need to be addressed?
M. Ramos wanted to know the candidates approach to power - in relationship to the political process, the lived experience coalition, etc.
J. Chelminiak agreed with G. McHenry and wanted to know the candidates answer to - How do you define success for the Authority?
L. Green wanted a question regarding the organizational climate the candidates would establish - will staff feel valued.
J. Spotted Elk wanted to look for transparency and wanted a question that asks the candidates to share some personal experience(s) that make them qualified for the work ahead/aligned with the work ahead.
Sound Cities Assoc (SCA) has asked the Implementation Board if they could have a meet and greet with the two candidates that will be put forth after the review of the four candidates. It was decided and voted on (all in favor except one no from J. Spotted Elk) that the meet and greet was ok as it will build trust with one of the coalition partners. It is understood that SCA will have no say in selection and must sign confidentiality agreements.
There was one public comment from a male who works with the homeless reminding all that the problem is growing - more people are sleeping in vehicles, referrals to shelters are a nightmare and that a Regional Action Plan is needed now - act as quickly as possible.
It was agreed to change the meeting time from 90 mins to 120 mins as there was much work to be done this coming year.
There was some discussion on the Board structure - the need for a Treasurer, possible subcommittees, etc. Some Board members expressed interest in specific subcommittees: L Green said that Youth should be involved in some level for representation; M Ramos said that they should look at previous committees that worked; G McHenry wants to be involved in the Regional Action Plan; S Reddy wants to be involved in the Regional Action Plan also.
KCRHA Initial Work Plan
The Board reviewed the initial work plan which is suppose to cover the CEO's first six months.
L Green reminded all that H. Odom wanted the Ombudsman office started at the launch of the Authority.
J. Chelminiak said the plan right now was just a task list of things to get done which was ok for a start.
M. Ramos said they needed an interim communications/PR person and/or strategy to manage better what was in the media - need to be proactive.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:30.
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