Photo courtesy of Monashee Photography

Photo courtesy of Monashee Photography

Doris Koo
Advisor and Past Chair

"Catalyst is leading the way to build a new partnership model for affordable and sustainable housing and community development. I am proud to be part of this effort."

Doris Koo, of Seattle, Washington, recently retired from a 13-year career with Enterprise Community Partners, a leading national nonprofit specializing in affordable housing advocacy and community development, having served in a variety of executive roles including that of president and CEO. Earlier, she spent seven years with the Seattle Housing Authority, leading efforts to build or preserve affordable housing units, overseeing bond financing and asset and portfolio management, and serving as Deputy Executive Director and Director of Development.  She founded and led, as Executive Director, Asian Americans for Equality, taking it from an all-volunteer organization to the biggest owner and developer of low-income housing in New York’s Chinatown and Lower East Side neighborhoods.

Ms. Koo serves on the board of directors of the AARP Foundation, an organization dedicated to winning back opportunities for struggling, low-income older Americans.  Previously, Ms. Koo served on the boards of the National Housing Trust and the National Low Income Housing Coalition and was also secretary and treasurer of the board of directors of the Emerald Cities Collaborative.  Ms. Koo began her career as a community organizer. She has a B.A. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in social service administration from the University of Chicago.