Cheryl Markham is Strategic Policy Advisor in the Director’s Office of the King County Department of Community and Human Services, with wide-ranging and extensive experience and expertise in affordable housing, homelessness and community development.

Cheryl is current working on strategic cross-sector and cross-department initiatives at the intersections of housing, community/economic development, health and transportation.

Cheryl is a 1997 graduate of the City University of New York School of Law, where she concentrated in Housing Law and Community Development. As a lawyer, Cheryl litigated many housing cases on behalf of low-income tenants, including fair housing cases. In 2000, Cheryl moved into public policy as a planner, and eventually, manager of the King County Housing and Community Development Program (HCD). During her tenure at HCD, Ms. Markham managed an overall staff of 35 and a budget of approximately $55 million per year, financing affordable housing and community development investments with total development costs of more than $650 million.