David Bley

Interim CEO

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David Bley assumed the role of Interim President & CEO of Seattle Foundation on April 23, 2021, after serving on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees since 2014. He served as chair of the Impact Investing Committee.

From 2006 to 2020, Bley served as director of the Pacific Northwest Initiative in the United States Program at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he oversaw strategies focused on stable families, public education, high-quality early learning, and strong communities in Washington State and metropolitan Portland, Oregon.

Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Bley benefited from diverse experiences in the private, nonprofit and public sectors focusing on various dimensions of poverty, economic opportunity, neighborhood revitalization, and affordable housing. His professional experiences included serving as Vice-President of Strategic Initiatives for the national nonprofit Enterprise Community Partners, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle, and Regional Director of Fannie Mae, where he was responsible for customer, government and community relations to advance affordable housing finance in the Pacific Northwest. Bley also served in the public sector working for former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice as the Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations, Legislative Director with the U.S. House of Representatives working with Representative Mike Lowry and Representative Jim McDermott, as well as time at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a Presidential Management Fellow.

Bley earned a bachelor's degree in urban planning from the University of Washington and a master's degree in public administration from Seattle University. He has served as chair of the boards of Philanthropy Northwest, the statewide leadership committee for the Washington Families Fund, the Seattle Housing Authority, and Essentials for Childhood to reduce child abuse and neglect.  Bley also served on the boards of United Way of King County, PACE (Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement), the King County Committee to End Homelessness, the sponsors group of the King County regional Road Map education campaign coordinated by the Community Center for Education Results, the advisory committee to Seattle University’s Youth Initiative, and Seattle’s Partnership for Homeless People.