LEAD is governed by a Policy Coordinating Group. The group makes decisions by consensus via a memorandum of understanding. LEAD is entirely voluntary, and any stakeholder may choose to withdraw from LEAD at any time. The members include:

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LEAD is funded by both the City of Seattle and King County.

The funders for the initial LEAD pilot program and program development and implementation were:

  • Ford Foundation

  • Open Society Foundations

  • Vital Projects Fund 

  • RiverStyx Foundation

  • Massena Foundation

  • The Social Justice Fund Northwest

The Seattle LEAD evaluation was funded by The Laura and John Arnold Foundation