Helping Hand House is pleased to announce that Duke Paulson has been named Executive Director. Paulson most recently served as Vice President of the Asset Building Division at Making a Difference in Community (MDC), a Tacoma-based Community Action Agency dedicated to helping people move from poverty to self-sufficiency. In his role, Paulson was responsible for MDC’s education, employment, and community initiatives, overseeing sixteen diverse programs.
“We are thrilled to welcome Duke to Helping Hand House,” said Karen Thomas, Board President. “We are confident that his knowledge, experience and skills, as well as his deep connection to Pierce County, will be tremendous assets to Helping Hand House.”
Paulson has worked in the social services field in Tacoma and Pierce County for sixteen years and is committed to making a difference in the lives of low-income individuals and families.
“I am very excited about joining the team at Helping Hand House,” said Paulson. “It is an amazing organization that has great impact, and I am looking forward to being a part of it.”
Paulson is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, earned a National Development Council (NDC) certification in low-income housing development, and has been recognized for his leadership by the American Leadership Forum of Tacoma/Pierce County and the DeVos Urban Leadership Institute. He serves on the board of Tacoma 360 and the Affordable Housing Consortium in Pierce County. As an Executive Member of the Pierce County Road Home Coalition, Paulson has developed strategies to make a permanent and measurable difference in reducing chronic homelessness.
Helping Hand House’s Board of Directors selected Paulson to replace Nola Renz, who left the organization after fifteen years of service to take a position in Colorado.
Paulson’s leadership will help the organization continue its work of preventing and ending homelessness for over 200 families a year in Pierce County. “I am honored to have the opportunity to bring my passion and vision to Helping Hand House as the organization continues to play such a critical role,” said Paulson. “Helping Hand House transforms lives and its work has a positive effect on the entire community.”