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OUR TEAM

Our team is fueled by a passion for crafting solutions that move our community forward. 

Shkëlqim Kelmendi, Executive Director

 

Shkëlqim immigrated to the United States as a refugee and his experiences growing up in a society torn by war have fueled his professional and personal engagements. Prior to joining Housing Connector, Shkelqim worked with the Seattle Housing Authority and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

 

Currently, he serves as Co-Chair of the Seattle Human Rights Commission, Chair of the Seattle Young Professionals Network, and is a member of the South Lake Union Community Council. Additionally, Shkëlqim serves on the Board of Seattle Works and is a member of the Leadership Tomorrow Class of 2018. Before moving to Seattle, he served on the City of Dallas Economic Development Commission and is the founder of the Young Albanian Professionals. 
 

Shkëlqim is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and is a member of the Harvard Business School Young American Leaders Program. He currently lives in Seattle with his wife and their golden doodle, Sarah.

Angela Compton, Community Partner Program Manager

 

Angela holds a deep passion for livable communities and believes that everyone deserves a place to call home. As a Seattle native, she has seen how our region has changed in her lifetime and has personally experienced the affordability struggles that many of our neighbors are facing.

Angela holds a cum laude Bachelor of Science in Public Service and Public Policy from Arizona State University and has worked for several organizations on housing, transportation, education, and the environment. 

 

As one of the initial team-members for Housing Connector, Angela is excited to utilize her passion and skill-set to create a streamlined approach to getting our neighbors experiencing homelessness off the streets and into homes.

When she has free time, Angela attends community events, enjoys traveling, spends time with family, and loves going on wilderness-backpacking expeditions.

Juanita Unger, Property Partner Program Manager

 

Juanita has lived and traveled extensively – from Spain to Chicago, Philadelphia to Ecuador. Hailing originally from Canada, Juanita considers herself a world citizen and an adopted Seattleite.  

 

With an early career in the performing arts and education, and a degree in Anthropology, she has spent the last 10 years working to bridge the gaps between communities and use the ensuing collaboration to simultaneously uplift partners and provide service to the most vulnerable.

Juanita worked extensively with Compass Housing Alliance’s emergency services department in various capacities including case management, volunteer coordination, and as a community liaison. Most recently, she collaborated with El Centro de la Raza and Bank of America to build a bilingual workforce development training program from the ground up. She is excited to use her diverse skillset and empathy-first worldview to help Housing Connector bring the private and public sector together and build a more accessible, equitable, and unified Seattle. 

In her spare time, Juanita likes to explore Seattle’s arts scene and sits on the Board of Uptown Arts and Culture Coalition as co-chair of the Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee.  She also enjoys singing Jazz, dancing, getting into the wilds with her partner and dog, and eating delicious food with her loved ones.

Yulia Savelyeva, Client Relationship Manager

 

Yulia moved to the Seattle area from Russia over twenty years ago and considers herself a proud Seattleite. She joined Housing Connector because it was a true calling and a chance to give back to the community in the same way that her family was supported during a tough transition in a new country.

Yulia holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing from Western Governor’s University and brings over ten years of experience in Corporate Housing and Sales. She is in constant gratitude for the opportunity to apply her skills and leverage her network to grow Housing Connector’s property partner relationships, which means more opened doors to individuals and families in need.

Some of Yulia’s passions are spending time outdoors with her twin sister, attending art shows and enjoying Seattle’s eclectic music scene. She enjoys being the go-to person among friends and family for things to do in Seattle, as she is always exploring and seeking out new experiences our city has to offer.