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Rachael Duke named new director of CPAH

Duke takes helm after longtime head Sheila Greenlaw-Fink left in August.

DukeA Tigard-area nonprofit aimed at helping the less fortunate find a place to live has a new executive director.

Community Partners for Affordable Housing announced on Monday that it had hired Rachael Duke as its new head.

Duke takes the reins at CPAH three months after longtime director Sheila Greenlaw-Fink left to lead the Community Housing Fund, which raises money for low-income apartments across Washington County.

CPAH, which operates several low-income housing projects across Tigard, Beaverton and Portland, is one of the region's best known housing organizations.

“I am filled with gratitude to be in a position of providing leadership to this strong, mission-based agency,” Duke said in a statement released on Monday. “(I) look forward to what we will achieve together while promoting affordable housing, sustainable economic growth, and the development of powerful community partnerships.”

Shannon Wilson, CPAH’s director of operations, has been serving as interim director since Greenlaw-Fink’s departure in August.

CPAH has grown tremendously from its beginnings. Starting with one affordable housing apartment complex in 1995, CPAH currently operates eight complexes across Tigard, Beaverton and Southwest Portland.

CPAH’s newest project, The Barcelona at Beaverton, is a four-story, 47-unit apartment complex on Southwest Lombard Ave., which is expected to open by the end of the year.

A ninth housing complex is being planned in Tigard. No site has yet been chosen, but Greenlaw-Fink told The TImes in August that she expects the project to break ground in 2016 or 2017

Duke has a long history working in the public housing sector. She spent the past 15 years at Home Forward, Portland's housing authority. She became the director of supportive housing in 2013.

She has also worked in Portland’s Bureau of Housing and Community Development as well as Outside In, a Portland nonprofit that works with homeless youth.

According to CPAH, Duke helped create Portland’s first needle exchange program at Outside In. At Home Forward, Duke helped create the Bud Clark Commons, a homeless shelter and apartment complex in Portland's Old Town.

“Rachael’s experience is impressive, and will bring additional perspective to CPAH’s work, especially in the integration of health care and services,” said Greenlaw-Fink, CPAH's former director. “Her team leadership on challenging projects prepares her well for the work ahead.”