Kurt Creager has over 30 years of experience working in the affordable housing and community development industry. He joins the Portland Housing Bureau from the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) in Fairfax, Virginia, where he was appointed as the director in October 2014. Prior to that, he served as the director of housing and community development at Otak, Inc. in Vancouver, Washington, where he worked since 2012. Creager is also the president of Urbanist Housing Solutions, LLC, which works to integrate affordable workforce housing into mixed-use transit oriented communities and sustainable master planned developments. In this capacity, Creager has served as a financial advisor to the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino, California, and the Rocky Mountain Development Council of Helena, Montana.
Creager also previously served as executive director of the Stardust Center for Affordable Homes & the Family at Arizona State University, leading research, public policy and demonstration projects which advanced sustainable urbanism and affordable housing statewide. Prior to his tenure at ASU, Creager served both as executive director of the Vancouver, Washington Housing Authority/Public Development Authority, and as chief of housing and economic development with Metropolitan King County in Seattle.
Creager has a bachelor’s degree in environmental planning and architectural graphics from Western Washington University. He also attended the Kennedy School of Government State & Local Public Executives Program at Harvard University and the Cascade Management Institute at the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington