The Board of Directors of the Rainier Valley Community Development Fund (CDF) announced yesterday that former Seattle City Councilmember Richard McIver has agreed to serve as Interim Executive Director of the Fund.
“The last few weeks have been difficult for all of us that support the work and mission of the CDF,” said Board Chair Josh Williams. “Recent events have detracted from the organization’s progress to date, yet have also helped us focus on critical challenges for the future. Given McIver’s history with the fund in particular, and economic development and the Rainier Valley in general, we are very pleased to have the benefit of his leadership at this time.”
Councilman McIver’s experience on the Council includes time as chair of the Finance & Budget and Budget Committees, vice-chair of the Economic Development & Neighborhoods Committee, and a member of the Housing, Human Services & Health Committee.
“Richard’s leadership in creating the fund was instrumental, which makes him the ideal person to evaluate its progress and guide its future,” said Board member Jeffrey Taylor. “The CDF now can advance its priorities including a thorough investment and organizational review, continuation of the 2013 strategic planning process, and initiating the search process for a permanent executive director.”
Most Rainier Valley residents had never heard of the Community Development Fund until last month when former Executive Director Martina Guilfoil resigned after it was discovered that she had written a shocking, profanity-laced letter to a local business owner. In the wake of the scandal, former Seattle City Councilman Richard McIver has agreed to serve as Interim Executive Director of the Fund.