Mary Bass is Wells Fargo V. P. and Regional Marketing Manager for the Wealth Management Mountain Northwest Region. Her previous role at Wells Fargo was V.P. Market Growth and Development for both Wealth Management and Middle Market Banking in WA state. Prior to joining Wells Fargo Mary managed the Northwest Community Relations Department at Seafirst/Bank of America. Mary recently completed 10 years with the Seattle Aquarium Board of Trustees where she received the 2012 Scott Patrick Award for exemplary board service. Mary also was a member of the Executive Women’s Committee of the Go Red for Women Annual Awareness Campaign at the American Heart Association and was named board member of the year in 2007. Mary serves on the board of the Seattle International Film Festival and is currently a member of the Washington Women’s Foundation.
Carol Binder served as Executive Director of the Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority from 2003 to 2010. During her tenure as Executive Director, Carol successfully championed efforts to invest in preserving and maintaining the cultural identity of the Market while making necessary improvements. A Certified Public Accountant, she has spent over 30 years as a strategic consultant to many Seattle businesses, non profit organizations and government agencies assisting clients with business development and financial analysis. Carol is currently the Board Chair for PCC Natural Markets, a member of the Central Waterfront Executive Committee and co-chair of its Long-Term Stewardship Committee.
Tom Byers is a founding partner of the Cedar River Group, a consulting firm. He has worked on critical health care issues, equal employment opportunity, the environment, housing for farmworkers and their families and reducing poverty in Native American communities. Tom also played a primary senior role in the administrations of Seattle Mayors Charles Royer and Paul Schell, helping to shape and implement policies and programs for human services, the environment, education, community improvement and the arts.
Lynne was elected the Secretary-Treasurer of the Labor Council in 2010. She is the second-highest officer helping to lead this 400,000-member Labor body, and is the first woman ever to serve in this high-level leadership capacity since the Council’s inception. Prior to her appointment, she was a tenured faculty member in the Seattle Community Colleges for 17 years, and served as the President of the faculty union, AFT 1789 for ten years, winning election to four separate terms from her peer faculty members. Lynne was born into a family of political & education activists. She graduated from Inchelium High School, on the Colville Indian Reservation, earned her BA and MS from CSU, Long Beach, and later earned her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Washington. She serves on numerous boards, including the Economic Opportunity Institute, Labor Education and Research Center Advisory Committee, Washington Fair Trade Coalition, and Washington Service Commission, among others.
Gene Duvernoy has led Forterra, the largest conservation and community building organization in the Northwest, to national prominence. Forterra is known for its development of bold, innovative and successful conservation strategies. Gene has been instrumental in the conservation and stewardship of tens of thousands of acres of critical resource lands throughout Washington State. In 2004 the Municipal League of King County recognized his work with its Jim Ellis Regional Leader Award. Gene has shown that conservation and a strong economy work together. He has a unique ability to craft intelligent partnerships with business, government and others to achieve both environmental and economic benefits.
Patrick Gordon is an architect and Principal with ZGF and past Chair of the Downtown Seattle Association, currently serving on its Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Central Waterfront Committee, serving on its Executive Committee and co-chairing its Design Oversight Sub-Committee. With more than 30 years of professional practice, Patrick has made significant contributions to the community and to the practice of architecture. The impacts of his efforts are evident throughout the region in downtown urban environments, corporate campuses, cultural centers and campuses of higher education. Patrick has served in leadership positions within influential civic, public, and private organizations, providing perspective and strategic input on projects, initiatives and policies that impact the quality of the built environment.
Seth Grizzle is an architect turned furniture and lighting designer, conceptual artist and visionary. His conceptual design studio, graypants, creates products, architecture, and other fun things, working mainly with cardboard and other discarded/reclaimed materials. Founded in 2008, graypants operates teams in Seattle and Amsterdam, solving problems and collaborating with clients and retail partners worldwide. graypants is an innovative model for what is possible when designers return to using their hands, think responsibly and craft outside the lines.
Leslie is President of the Nick and Leslie Hanauer Foundation, which focuses on public education and the environment, and additionally supports a variety of progressive causes locally and nationally. She is also an active board member of the University of Washington Foundation, Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the Woodland Park Zoo. Along with her husband Nick, she has supported many political and policy initiatives in the State of Washington focused on improving public education. Leslie is a native of Seattle and a University of Washington Graduate with a degree in Communications and Advertising. In her early career she worked for Seattle advertising agencies on local and national accounts. She then moved into marketing for a couple of early internet start-ups before turning her attention to philanthropy.
As the Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sandra Jackson-Dumont oversees the full range of the Museum’s education programs. She previously worked at the Seattle Art Museum since 2006, where she was the Kayla Skinner Deputy Director for Education and Public Programs as well as Adjunct Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art. Prior to joining the Seattle Art Museum, Ms. Jackson-Dumont worked at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, among other cultural organizations. In 2012, she was selected to receive the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation’s Creativity Leadership Award and the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation’s Women of Color Empowered Award, and was named one of Seattle Magazine’s Most Influential People in 2010. She currently serves as a co-chair of the Seattle Arts Commission and the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas in Seattle. A native of San Francisco, Ms. Jackson-Dumont received her B.A. in art history from Sonoma State University in California and her M.S. in art history from Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Gerry Johnson is an attorney and a prominent, active civic leader with board-level service on numerous nonprofits, foundations and civic committees. He currently serves as cochair of the Finance & Partnerships Subcommittee of the Central Waterfront Committee and is a member of the Downtown Seattle Association and Seattle Parks Foundation boards of directors. His law practice focuses on major community building projects, including projects that involve both the public and private sectors, such as the Pike Place Market, Pacific Place and Safeco Field. Gerry’s more recent professional projects have included the expansion of the Seattle Art Museum, the move of the Museum of History & Industry to Lake Union Park, and the transfer of the Washington State Convention Center from the state to a locally controlled public entity.
Paul Keller has over thirty years of experience in real estate and construction industries and is a founding Principal of Mack Urban, LLC. He is involved with the firms’ strategic direction, capital market relationships and tactical management of all Mack Urban investments. He formerly led Urban Partners, Keller Equity Group, Keller CMS and Keller Construction Company. Among his activities, Mr. Keller is a member of ULI (Urban Land Institute) Los Angeles Advisory Board; ULI Los Angeles Land Use Leadership Committee; member of The Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs; board member of the L.A. Streetcar Initiative (LASI); board member of FOLAR (Friends of the L.A. River) and a member of the Central City Association of Los Angeles. Previous community leadership roles include: Chairman of Eimago (formerly Union Rescue Mission Foundation) and former Chairman of the Board of Director, Seven Arrows Elementary School.
Prior to becoming Managing Partner at Ketcham Capital, Sam held the position of Vice President of Administration and Director of Corporate Planning at West Fraser Timber Co Ltd. He is an executive member of Forintek, a Canadian wood products research institute, is the Vice Chair of the Vancouver Art Gallery, and a board member of Seattle Art Museum. Born in Canada, Sam is graduate of Tufts University in Boston.
Martha Kongsgaard is co-founder of the Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation. The foundation gives grants to a variety of nonprofit environmental, social justice and arts organizations in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Martha’s community activities include serving on the national board and the executive committees of Earthjustice, Islandwood, the Future of the Law Institute and Friends of the Methow. She chairs several major capital campaigns, including the Cascade Agenda, the expansion of Islandwood and the building of the LEED-certified Community Center at the New High Point. Martha is a past president of Philanthropy Northwest.
Dan is an award-winning media consultant and communications professional
with nearly two decades of experience advising high-profile political campaigns
across the country. Dan’s local clients have included local leaders like Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Attorney General Bob Ferguson and King County Executive Dow Constantine, and he’s advised numerous local ballot measure campaigns as well including passing Sound Transit 2, protecting the gas tax, protecting critical environmental protections and increasing funding for our schools.
Carla became President of Washington Women’s Foundation in April 2008 and led it to new heights in strategic philanthropy, member engagement and operational effectiveness. Prior to becoming President, Carla was actively involved in the Foundation as a founding member, and engaged in the Grant Committee and the Finance Committee for many years. Carla brings extensive experience and expertise from her 25-year career working in the corporate world, with executive leadership roles in strategic planning, business management, finance, treasury and communications at Paccar and Microsoft. Active in the nonprofit arena, Carla also serves on the Boards of Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Public Library Foundation, and the Microsoft Alumni Foundation. She has previously served on the Boards of Seattle Preparatory School, Seattle Opera, Forest Ridge School, Henry Art Gallery, Providence Medical Center and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Tomoko Moriguchi Matsuno is the CEO and board chair of Uwajimaya. Her father started the business in 1928, selling fishcakes and other items from the back of a truck to Japanese loggers and fishermen in Tacoma. Today Uwajimaya is one of the largest Asian grocery retailers in the Pacific Northwest. With more than 400 employees, it has evolved beyond providing basic grocery staples and become known as a tourist and destination store. Besides its original retail business, Uwajimaya, Inc. has grown to include food service and food processing divisions. Seven family members are active in day-to-day management of Uwajimaya.
Ed Medeiros was part of the original group of neighbors who created the PNA in 1980 becoming a national model for neighborhood organizations. The PNA is a community owned and operated non-profit in northwest Seattle. The organization operates programs in 6 sites that serve people from infancy through elder years. It provides youth services, operates a senior center, a general community center, two soup kitchens and has regular activities designed to connect neighbors.
Kollin Min is a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Kollin served as the Seattle/Washington State Director for Enterprise Community Partners, a national affordable housing and community development intermediary. Kollin is an attorney with more than 10-years experience in the non-profit, governmental and private sectors. He currently serves on the board of the Seattle Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.
Before recently retiring, David Moseley worked in public policy issues and public administration for 40 years in Washington State. This has included service as a department head in the City of Seattle, City Manager in three Washington cities and, most recently, as the Director of the Washington State Ferries system (WSF). While at WSF David lead the planning and environmental assessment for a preservation and rehabilitation of Colman Dock at Pier 52. David has been praised by the Washington Department of Transportation, the parent agency of the state ferry system, for helping to spur the construction of new boats, improving and broadening WSF’s communication with the public, and implementing a reservation system.
A lifelong Seattleite, Glenn Nelson is the founder of The Trail Posse, which in partnership with High Country News regularly covers race, diversity and inclusion in the outdoors. He is among the founding members of the Next 100 Coalition, a national alliance of civil rights, environmental, conservation, religious and community organizations that advocates for access, relevancy and diverse workforce in federal public lands. Glenn was a longtime reporter and columnist at The Seattle Times before he moved to the internet, where he founded digital media companies, including Scout.com and HoopGurlz, which sold to FOX and ESPN, respectively. A graduate of Seattle University and Columbia University, he has won several national awards for his writing, photography and Web publishing. Glenn also serves on the boards of Audubon Washington and Confluence Project, as well as the Washington Governor’s advisory committee on outdoor recreation.
John Nesholm is a founding partner of LMN Architects John has significantly influenced Seattle’s cultural landscape over two decades, bringing together the forces of arts development and design to create the Seattle Symphony’s Benaroya Hall, Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, and Seattle’s Central Library. He designed several of the University of Washington’s new buildings over the past decade as part of the campus redesign and expansion. John is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Seattle Opera. He also serves on the Central Waterfront Executive Committee and is co-chair of the Finance & Partnerships Subcommittee.
Jeannie Nordstrom is an active community leader who has played a leading role in several non-profit organizations. Jeannie served on the Board of the YWCA for many years. During her tenure as board president, $42 million was raised for new projects in support for women and children in the community She is also a founding member of the Washington Women’s Foundation, where she co-chaired the President Search Committee. Jeannie has also served on the board of the Delta Society, Cancer Lifeline, IslandWood and The Market Foundation. Jeannie has been a division director for the United Way of King County and an elementary school teacher.
As the Executive Direct of El Centro de la Raza, Estela Ortega leads the organization’s coalition building, political advocacy and strategic development. El Centro de la Raza is a Seattle-based civil rights, human services, educational, cultural and economic development organization with an operating budget of $10 million that serves over 16,000 people annually. Estela is responsible for the development of Plaza Roberto Maestas, a $45 million community-inspired transit oriented affordable housing project adjacent to the El Centro de la Raza that expands the organization’s capacity to deliver services and builds on existing programing allowing to fully address the needs of diverse communities. Estela also serves on various boards and committees in the areas of civil rights, education, transportation, economic development and the environment. She has received numerous recognitions and awards throughout her distinguished career; the 2015 Champion of Justice Award from Congressman Adam Smith, the Nancy Nordhoff Civic Leadership Award of 2015 by Seattle City Club, and the 2015 Distinguished Community Service Award by University of Washington Alumni Association Multicultural Alumni Partnership, the National Education Association’s 2016 George I. Sánchez Memorial Award, with the most recent being the honoree of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award and was selected as one of the Most Influential People in Seattle on Seattle Magazine’s 50th anniversary “ Hall of Fame” edition in 2016.
Chris joined NorthMarq in 2012 as an investment analyst in NorthMarq’s Boston regional office, and later moved to the Seattle office to work in production. As Vice President-Producer, he provides financing for commercial real estate developers and owners in the greater Puget Sound Region. Prior to NorthMarq, Chris worked in various roles on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and abroad as a revenue management analyst for PepsiAmericas in Budapest, Hungary. Chris earned a degree in Politics and Government at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two young sons.
Bob Ratliffe is the Managing Director at Silver Creek Capital Management responsible for the firm’s real asset strategies, which includes portfolio management of its $1 billion timber joint venture with Weyerhaeuser. Prior to Silver Creek, Bob was a partner at Bentall Kennedy where he spent a decade in business development and portfolio management. His community service has been focused on education and environmental stewardship. Bob is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Seattle University, is the past Chair of the Community Development Roundtable, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Seattle Parks Foundation and the King County Parks Foundation. He was also a founding member of the Friends of the Cedar River Watershed. He is a graduate of University of Washington.
Stuart Rolfe is the owner and president of Wright Hotels, Inc. He is also Chairman of WMS, Inc., a joint venture that is responsible for the operation of the Seattle Monorail, and serves on the board of directors of the Space Needle Corporation. Prior to 1998 he was a lawyer in the Seattle law firm of Foster Pepper & Shefelman PLLC. Stuart is also a trustee of Seattle University, and serves on the Boards of the Seattle Aquarium Association and the Seattle Parks Foundation.
Charles Royer was the mayor of Seattle from 1978 to 1990. He served longer than any other mayor in the city’s history. Charley oversaw a number of improvements in the city, including a recycling program that is recognized as the best in the nation. His administration tackled social issues such as poverty, teenage pregnancy and drugs. As President of the National League of Cities in 1983, he became a spokesperson for American cities on housing, healthcare, civil liberties, and the needs of children. After serving as mayor, Charley became the director of the Harvard Institute of Politics. In 2005, he established the non-profit Institute for Community Change to continue guiding work at the national level toward improving the health of communities. Charley is the founding partner of The Royer Group, a consulting firm that provides professional services in public policy development, governmental liaison, public finance, business and leadership development, marketing communications and program management. He is currently the Co-Chair of the Central Waterfront Committee.
Kabir Shahani co-founded Appature Inc, in January 2007 and served as its Chief Executive Officer until its sale to IMS last year. Prior to launching Appature, Mr. Shahani was a Director of Business Development at Blue Dot, where he helped raise a significant amount of angel funding, developed strategic partnerships and managed public relations. Prior to Blue Dot, he served as Project Manager for Avanade, a global consulting firm and joint venture of Microsoft and Accenture, where he led teams and executed software projects for Fortune 500 companies. He has also been closely involved in sales efforts at Avanade and Zones, Inc., where he led it in number of software licenses sold during his tenure. He serves as a Director of Appature Inc. He was named one of BusinessWeek’s “Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs of 2009” and was also named a 2011 Puget Sound Business Journal “40 Under 40” honoree. More recently, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) named him as its 2012 Washington state “Young Entrepreneur of the Year.”
Ryan Smith is a principal of Martin Smith Inc, a local real estate owner and operator of a 1.2M sf portfolio of office projects in the Puget Sound region. Ryan oversees operations, leasing and management for a number of historic buildings along the Seattle Waterfront including the Landmark 1201 Western Building and Piers 55 & 56, in addition to several properties in Pioneer Square, including the Occidental Mall, Union Trust, and 1st & King Buildings. He serves on the Executive Committee for the Alliance for Pioneer Square and is on the Ratepayers Advisory Board for the Metropolitan Improvement District (“MID”) as well as other groups.
After working in the commercial furnishing and design industry for 15 years, Maggie Walker embarked on a prolific career as a civic volunteer, helping to usher in large, transformative projects at nonprofits and foundations through her service as a full-time board member. As Board Chair of the Seattle Art Museum (2004-2012), she guided the institution throughout the creation of the Olympic Sculpture Park. She shepherded the Bullitt Foundation’s development of the Bullitt Center as the Foundation’s Chair (2003-2012). She also Chaired the Museum of History and Industry during its capital campaign to relocate to the historic Naval Reserve Armory in South Lake Union (2002-2011). Maggie is also past chair of the Woodland Park Zoo Society, Henry Art Gallery, ARCS and UW Arts and Sciences, among many others. She is a founding member of the Washington Women’s Foundation where she helped lead the development of the Foundation’s endowment. As Co-Chair of the Central Waterfront Committee, Maggie has played an integral role in the shaping of the Waterfront Seattle plan and the development of the Seattle’s new waterfront park design. She continues to help guide the waterfront project from concept to execution as the Board Chair of Friends of Waterfront Seattle.
Jessie Woolley-Wilson is Chair, President, and CEO of DreamBox Learning Inc., a company heralded as a “game changer” in the ed-tech sector. Jessie has nearly two decades of experience in K–12 e-learning and has held several leadership roles in prominent education companies. Before joining DreamBox Learning, Jessie was President of Blackboard’s K–12 Group where she led the company’s growth for the virtual and blended online learning market. She was also President of LeapFrog SchoolHouse where she established SchoolHouse as a leader in ed-tech and one of the fastest growing educational software producers in the U.S.; Jessie also held leadership positions at collegeboard.com, the interactive division of the College Board, and at Kaplan, the leading test preparation company in the U.S. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in English from the University of Virginia, and is a 2007 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
Charles Wright is the Chairman and CEO of RD Merrill Co., a fourth generation private family company with operations in senior housing through its subsidiary Merrill Gardens, and residential real estate through its subsidiary Pillar Properties. The Company also holds and manages timberland. He was formerly the Director of the Dia Art Foundation, a museum of contemporary art based in New York. He is Publisher of Wave Books, a press for contemporary poetry.
David Wu is Chief Development Officer at PATH, an international nonprofit organization that transforms global health through innovation. David brings over 25 years of professional experience in development and fundraising. Prior to joining PATH, David held leadership roles including Vice President of External Relations at the Woodland Park Zoo, and Associate Vice President for Campaign Development Programs and Acting Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, both at the University of Washington. David’s current and former board affiliations include Global Impact, Global Washington, Leadership Tomorrow, the American Association of Museums Board, Counsel for the Advancement of Support of Education (CASE) and CASE District VII Board of Trustees. He has served as a CASE faculty member for the Summer Institute for Fundraising at Dartmouth College and Fundraising for Newcomers and acted as a Visiting Expert with The Chinese University of Hong Kong Philanthropy/Fundraising Resource and Advisory Unit. David received his B.A. in Political Science from Virginia Tech and his M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University.
Heidi Hughes is the Executive Director of Friends of Waterfront Seattle. She has pursued her passion for people, places and ideas in the diverse worlds of public television, law, government, public policy, and real estate development. Heidi joined the Friends after serving as the Economic Development Policy Advisor to Governor Gregoire. Prior to moving to Seattle from Florida for the weather, Heidi was engaged in real estate development with a public company where she ran a statewide land acquisition program and advised on large scale mixed use developments. Heidi has also held several senior level positions in Florida state government, where she was involved in economic development, land use, transportation and environmental issues. Her work in the Florida Governor’s office included a major economic development initiative that was the catalyst for creation of a life sciences/biotech cluster. Her public service was preceded by private law practice and a stint producing documentaries for a public affairs series airing on public television.
Emily Tanner-McLean is the Development Director for Friends of Waterfront Seattle. Prior to joining the Friends, she served as Development Officer at The Trust for Governors Island in New York where she raised funds for the construction of the Governors Island Park & Public Space Plan, as well as for major public art installations commissioned for the Island’s new park spaces. She worked in the Grants Department at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), one of the nation’s oldest and largest performing arts organizations, and worked in development at Seattle Arts & Lectures from 2006-2010. She received her MPA from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School for Public Service, and her BA in Studio Art form NYU Steinhardt.
As the Friends of Waterfront Seattle’s Public Space Activation Coordinator, Jordan manages programs and projects that activate Waterfront Space and Waterfront Park, and enhance Friends’ digital public space. Before joining Friends, Jordan worked as a designer on a range of landscape, architecture, and public art projects, and worked for the Virginia Outdoors Foundation in the field of land conservation. She has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia, a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington, and studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Architecture School as a Scan Design fellow. In summer of 2015, she was a 4Culture Historic Site-Specific artist in the Duwamish Revealed exhibition, with site-specific installations in Jack Block Park, Boeing Plant 2, Duwamish Waterway Park and at the Olympic Sculpture Park Remix event.