Metropolitan Development Council (MDC) has selected Pamela (Pam) Duncan as its new Chief Executive Officer and President, following a nationwide search. She was selected by the Board of Directors in late September and her selection was announced during the MDC Share Breakfast on September 27th. Duncan will begin leading MDC on October 15th.
“MDC is perfectly positioned to make transformational impact throughout Pierce County,” Duncan said. “I’m excited to bring my experience to a team of committed individuals, to promote equitable opportunities, and to strengthen our partnerships with key stakeholders. I am determined that MDC will change the trajectory of our community for the better.”
Duncan brings a wealth of experience to MDC gained through more than 30 years of professional and personal work in community building and economic development, education and grant making in the nonprofit and public arena. She has provided oversight of housing and commercial building renovation and development, taught at the both high school and higher education level, and been involved in grant making for more than 15 years. Duncan is very committed to the well-being of young people, especially those experiencing homelessness. She is passionate about the promotion of equity, and most recently has been engaged in facilitating workshops with community providers to create a better understanding and appreciation for the dismantling of institutional and individual racism. Duncan is an avid hiker and gardener. A self-proclaimed life-long learner, she is likely to be found somewhere with an apple and a book.
“We are excited for Pam to join us as the new CEO, to lead us in initiatives that could bring more equitable outcomes for everyone in Tacoma and Pierce County,” said MDC Board Chair, Dr. Christine Stevens.
MDC is the Community Action Agency serving the Tacoma and Pierce County. Founded in 1964, it currently serves more than 20,000 individuals and families with services in the areas of health, housing, education, and employment. MDC is a licensed mental health center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, a licensed chemical dependency provider, and a Community Housing Development Organization.