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Who We Are

SCIDpda is committed to increasing the quality of life in the Chinatown International District.

Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) is a neighborhood-based community developer. We were started by the community in 1975 “to preserve, promote and develop the Seattle Chinatown International District as a vibrant community and unique ethnic neighborhood.” We have a 30+-year success record of increasing neighborhood sustainability through innovative programs and projects that balance development and preservation.

A community’s strength comes from its members taking leadership roles in shaping its future. We engage and mobilize community members to develop collaborative solutions to meet neighborhood priorities. Our multilingual staff is able to communicate easily with residents, business owners and neighborhood workers, and to establish trust and partnerships.

Over the years, our staff has received multiple awards, including the Asian Bar Association of Washington’s Community Service Award, the International Examiner Community Voice Award, and the Housing Development Consortium’s Unsung Hero Award. In 2007, during her last of 14 years as executive director, Sue Taoka was awarded the national Fannie Mae Foundation’s James A. Johnson Community Fellowship recognizing “leading urban and rural affordable housing and community development professionals.”