President & CEO
Cynthia A. Parker is responsible for the overall direction of BRIDGE Housing, an award-winning nonprofit that develops, owns and manages a range of high quality, affordable homes for working families and seniors in California and the Pacific Northwest. She joined BRIDGE as President and CEO in 2010, bringing over 30 years of diverse and relevant experience to the organization. Ms. Parker recently helped lead the creation of a national affordable housing REIT, while overseeing the largest surge of growth in BRIDGE’s history.
Ms. Parker previously served as Regional President for Mercy Housing. Prior to her tenure at Mercy, she was Senior Vice President of Seattle-Northwest Securities, a public finance firm, where she oversaw affordable housing, commercial and public facility real estate financing in five Northwest states. She worked for the City of Seattle, where she established the new Office of Housing, serving as Director. While there, she championed the voter-approved renewal to the Seattle Housing Levy, doubled the City’s affordable housing production, and established a unique partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that created over 3,500 units of supportive housing for the region. A former director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, she has chaired the Sound Families Initiative for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She currently serves as a director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, Housing Partnership Network, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future, the Beneficial State Foundation and the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, and is on the Board of Governors of the California Housing Consortium. Ms. Parker is a graduate of Portland State University.