Director, Up for Growth Action Board of Directors; Executive Vice President, BRIDGE Housing
Kurt Creager joined BRIDGE Housing as Executive Vice President in October 2018, to oversee BRIDGE’s growing real estate development activity in Oregon and Washington State. He reports to BRIDGE President and CEO Susan Johnson.
Mr. Creager has more than 30 years of leadership experience in community development and finance in both the public and private sectors. As Director of the Portland Housing Bureau, he managed an annual budget of $215 million, a pipeline of 3,000 affordable dwellings and a portfolio of 14,000 rent-regulated apartments citywide. Previously, he served as Director of Housing & Community Development for Otak, a Portland-based architecture and engineering firm with offices in Seattle, Phoenix, Denver and Abu Dhabi. His engagements there included Seattle Workforce Housing Best Practices for the Seattle City Council and the East Corridor Equitable Housing Development Strategy for the Puget Sound Regional Council.
Earlier, during Mr. Creager’s 16-year tenure as CEO, the Vancouver Housing Authority developed 3,500 units of housing, completing one project on average every eight months, including 2,000 units of workforce housing. The agency also reduced its reliance on federal funding from 85% of the operating budget to 45%. This contributed to the VHA’s AA- rating by Standard & Poor’s.
Mr. Creager serves on the board of the Housing & Development Law Institute in Washington, DC, and has received numerous regional and national awards, including the M. Justin Herman Award for achievement in creating affordable housing and transforming communities from the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials; the Hammer Award from Vice President Al Gore for Reinventing Government for Central Park Place, 124 units of permanent supportive housing; and the Friend of Housing Award from the Washington State Housing Finance Commission.
Kurt earned a BS in Environmental Planning and Architectural Graphics from Western Washington University and has received executive certifications from Harvard University and the University of Washington.