About Our Founder & CEO

Brad Padden

Brad is the CEO and founder of Housing Diversity, a co-founder of O.Z. Navigator and Anew Apartments, and a sponsor of numerous other projects currently under construction.

He seeks to address the severe undersupply of livable, attainable housing in core urban neighborhoods. With his partners, Brad has assembled a portfolio of 473 beautifully designed apartments in core Seattle neighborhoods through adaptive reuse, repositioning, and ground-up construction and has an additional 2,463 apartments under construction/in permitting across various projects in Seattle and Los Angeles.

Brad regularly collaborates with other philanthropists, investors, and leaders in the real estate industry. Brad Hargreaves, CEO of fast-growing, co-living start-up Common, described Brad as “the perfect developer partner, who shares our commitment to creating quality housing that fosters a true community.”

Brad’s commitment to efficient housing and healthy communities also extends to preservation, seismic upgrading, and adaptive reuse of existing buildings in urban centers. This passion led Brad to become involved with the Seattle 2030 District, whose goal is to foster deep energy retrofits of existing buildings. He co-founded the Alliance for Safety, Affordability and Preservation (ASAP!), an advocacy group that is creating a plan and a funding path to bring 1,145 seismically vulnerable unreinforced masonry buildings in Seattle up to modern safety standards.