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Alice Shobe

Title Deputy Director
Organization Building Changes

Alice Shobe is the Executive Director of Building Changes. She brings more than 20 years of
experience in housing, philanthropy, and community development. As the Director of Sound
Families, she led efforts to create more than 1,400 units of service-based housing for
vulnerable families. As the CEO of Philanthropy Northwest, she managed the operations of a
180-plus membership organization and strategic efforts to launch The Giving Practice
consultancy. Alice also served as the Deputy Director of Impact Capital, formerly known as
the Washington Community Development Loan Fund. In 2007, she was one of 16
recipients in the nation to be awarded an Annie E. Casey Foundation Children and Family
Foundation fellowship. Alice began her career as a City Planner with A Regional Coalition for
Housing (ARCH) and the City of Kent, Washington; she holds a B.A. in Urban Policy from James Madison College of Michigan State University.

Posts By Alice Shobe

Our “Aha” Moments in Tracking Washington Families Fund Data

more than 200 gathered at a Washington Families Fund Systems Initiative data convening at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle recently—to review new, baseline information on our efforts to tackle family homelessness in King, Pierce, and Snohomish

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What Makes Public-Private Partnerships Work?

What makes public-private partnerships work? There are many right answers to that question, but one of them surely is: ongoing evaluation. The Washington State Legislature took a bold step of allocating $2 million to address family homelessness some eight years ago. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation stepped in right behind them, adding another $2 million and challenging other private funders to join the effort. The result? The creation of the Washington Families Fund—a completely out-of-the-box public-private partnership that is yielding results.

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An Ambitious Plan to End Homelessness in Washington State

In 2011, amidst continued economic stagnation, Washington State's Pierce County launched an ambitious plan to serve all populations experiencing homelessness.

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