We want to share with you a little bit about them and what they are up to at Community Action.
Michele Metcalf joined Community Action in October 2022 as our first Housing Projects Director. “We’re thrilled to have Michele’s expertise and leadership,” said Bill Henkel, Executive Director. Michele’s first assignment is to steward the completion of Cascade Landing Apartment Homes in Burlington. Click here to learn more about innovative project that is converting an under-utilized commercial space into 34 units slated to begin leasing in September. Michele is also scouting sites for Community Action’s next project, so if you have a hot tip on land or property conversion opportunities, let us know!
With Nearly 20 years of experience in housing development and program administration, Michele has helped develop homes in both inner-city and rural communities. Prior to joining Community Action, Michele worked as the Housing Director for the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe of Darrington. She grew the tribe’s home ownership and housing programs, including the development of the tribe’s tiny house emergency shelter program. Michele also has past experience working with a low-income housing organization in Portland, Oregon where she assisted with fund development, served on the Board of Directors, and held roles in administration and property management.
Michele is an enrolled member of the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe of Washington, and has dedicated years to serving tribal communities and other diverse populations both on and off reservation.
Philip Prud’homme brings passion, experience, and an inclusive positive attitude to the Community Action team. He is passionate about bringing donors, businesses, foundations, and all funders together to solve poverty and homelessness issues in Skagit county.
Philip previously worked as the Development Director at United Way of Skagit County, another fabulous community-oriented organization. In his role there he helped scores of local organizations achieve their social responsibility goals, and helped individuals fulfill their passions for doing good. He builds strong relationships internally within organizations and externally with community partners and funders. Philip brings significant experience in capital fundraising as the Executive Director at the Friends of Lopez Island pool, where he worked with community members, individuals, state legislators and foundation funders to raise over $1M for the cause. At Boys and Girls Clubs he convened a diverse community of families, staff and supporters into operations, regulation enforcement and volunteerism.
“Working with Community Action of Skagit County to solve issues around housing, food security and basic needs feels like coming home,” Philip said. “This community is incredibly connected and driven to great things.” Philip lives in Anacortes with his family, he swims, cycles and he can be found performing at the community theatre from time to time.
Executive Director Bill Henkel said, “Both Philp and Michele are rock stars, and we’re so happy they chose to pursue their personal missions through Community Action. Together, everyone in Skagit County can solve tough problems like the lack of housing people can afford. We’re so glad to have Philip and Michele helping Community Action do our part to help solve the puzzle.”