Villette comes to this role as a former Imagine Housing Board member, and most recently as Interim Executive Director since November 2016. Villette’s high tech career spans Fortune 150 companies as well as startups with roles including CEO, VP Sales & Marketing and VP Strategic Partnerships. She has also been an early stage technology investor since the late 1990s and is very familiar with the social enterprise investing space, a source of capital that Imagine Housing is pursuing. Her non-profit experience includes board positions at PONCHO, Washington Technology Industry Association, and the Global MIT Enterprise Forum. She’s lived in Bellevue for over 20 years with her husband, and now two grown children and five grandchildren.
The selection of Villette as Executive Director came after a nationwide search and rigorous selection process that included participation from the Imagine Housing and Red Vines Boards and staff. The Boards especially appreciated her vision, organizational leadership experience, and energetic approach to the role.