4Culture Board and Advisory Committees

The work of 4Culture is accomplished by over 150 individuals each year. 4Culture is governed by a fifteen member Board of Directors, who are nominated by the King County Executive and confirmed by the King County Council. Additionally over 20 citizen volunteers in the fields of arts, heritage, preservation and public art serve on 4Culture Advisory Committees that contribute to program and policy development. Every year, over 100 citizen panelists review applications to our competitive funding programs and calls for artists.

About our Board

A 15-member Board of Directors governs 4Culture, with individuals representing the broad cultural, geographic and ethnic diversity of King County, as well as backgrounds in arts, heritage, historic preservation, and public art, finance, tourism, education, real estate and government relations. 4Culture Board members bring an impressive wealth of experience and knowledge to their roles and are primarily responsible for:

  • organizational financial oversight;
  • securing and maintaining resources from all levels of government;
  • advocacy, especially regarding resources;
  • setting policy relevant to the organization as a whole;
  • and serving as the public face of 4Culture

4Culture's Board also looks at cross cutting or timely issues that could impact 4Culture and coordinates and leads responses. The Board's fiduciary role includes its approval of the annual budget and work plans for the organization as a whole and the four program areas. It also provides official approval of all grant recommendations, which are forwarded from the three Advisory Committees that oversee funding programs. Standing Board Committees are Executive, Finance and Governance.

Board Committees

 

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is comprised of the Board Officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer), one at-large Board member. The Executive Committee sets the agenda for Board meetings, hires and evaluates the Executive Director, sets the strategic direction of the organization and maintains the organization's relationships with government at the county and state level.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee reviews monthly income and balance sheets, hires the outside auditing firm and fund manager, approves investment and financial management policies and procedures, and in general ensures that 4Culture manages its business affairs in compliance with state, county and federal law.

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee ensures that 4Culture operates in compliance with its own Charter and By-laws and King County Ordinance 14482, 4Culture's enabling legislation. It reviews the Charter and By-Laws annually and recommends revisions that will improve 4Culture's ability to operate efficiently. It also nominates Board Officers and new Board members, orients new members, and plans an annual Board retreat.

Real Estate Advisory Committee

The Real Estate Advisory Committee (REAC) is an ad hoc Board Committee established to consider innovative new ways for 4Culture to engage in or respond to real estate-related opportunities. It is comprised of 4Culture Board members and community leaders with expertise in real estate development, management, financing and community development and public policy. The REAC also reviews funding requests for large-scale arts, heritage and preservation capital projects.

Board Members

As a national expert in the consumer space, Robin works with Fortune 500 companies, advertising agencies and media properties providing consumer insights, digital media strategy, and storytelling for marketing, branding and product development teams.

Her immersion in technology and its influence on design began during her tenure at Microsoft Corporation where as a Group Manager for Design + User Research she worked on several high-profile products during her eight-year tenure. Throughout her career the power of design has been in the forefront of her work whether supervising innovative, award-winning design teams or leveraging the capacity of social networks and technical tools to foster individual creativity.

Robin has served on national and local boards and commissions, including Vice Chair of the Bellevue Arts Commission; the Board of the Seattle Jewish Film Festival, and the Knight Curriculum Advisory Committee at Indiana University, where she received B.A. in journalism and design. She is currently studying for her Masters of Communication in Digital Media at the University of Washington.

She lives in Issaquah, WA with her husband Marc.

 

Alka trained as an architect and went on to pursue a career in IT, building and managing User Interface Design. She worked with various high tech companies for over 20 years, most recently as a Group Manager of a User Experience team at Microsoft. She has a deep interest in using the knowledge of human behavior in improving our spaces - whether they be virtual spaces on a computer screen or physical environments in our cities and neighborhoods.

Since Microsoft, Alka has been involved in various endeavors, including angel and other investing, being active in philanthropy serving on the Board of directors of Tateuchi Center, A.K. Guy Award Committee and Advisory Board of the South Asia Center at UW. As a Director of Tateuchi Center, Alka initiated a campaign to raise a million dollars from the South Asian Indian community in support of the Center. Alka has also been involved with furthering education in the field of math, science and business by coaching and judging for organizations like DECA & FPS (Future Problem Solving.) She is a graduate of MIT's media lab and has an undergraduate degree in Architecture.

Alka and her husband Akhtar live in Bellevue. They have 3 amazing sons, youngest of them being in high school. She enjoys interacting with artists and talking to them about their thinking process.

 

Kevin is a real estate developer, architect and urban designer with a deep interest in community enhancement and sustainability. He is principal of Urban Innovations Group LLC and UIG Applied Energetics, a strategic planning and development firm, focused on green energy systems infrastructure, policy development and planning.

Among his signature projects is the Sleeping Lady Retreat and Conference Center in Leavenworth, WA, for which he served as architectural designer and project manager. A more recent project was the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue, WA, which brings children ages 9-12 hands-on experiences of fresh water ecologies, biology and sustainable living systems.

He is a former Board Chair of the Pioneer Square Community Association's Public Spaces Committee; Vice-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission; and Chair of the SAC Public Art Committee.

He brings urban planning and real estate development experience as well as public art expertise to the 4Culture Board and is a liaison to the Public Art Advisory Committee.

 

Alan is Senior Vice President at Nitze-Stagen, providing guidance, oversight and decision making for the firm's investment, property management and development activities. He is a Real Estate Developer and his background includes corporate strategic planning, market research, business development and consulting. He has over 30 years of commercial and industrial real estate experience, has developed several suburban business parks as well as urban centers such as the Union Station Campus. Alan has a Masters Degree from the University of Nebraska in Economics and holds a Washington State Real Estate License.

He has been active in Pioneer Square and International District Communities for over two decades and is interested in community revitalization and urban spaces. Currently a member of the Seattle Goodwill Board of Directors, he serves on several of their committees including the Executive, Nominating, Compensation and Site Development Committee. He is also Chairman of the Seattle Chinatown International District Public Development Authority (SCIDpda) Real Estate Committee and, in past years, has served on several other area Boards and Committees.

 

Patricia is the Director of the White River Valley Museum and the historic Mary Olson Farm, a position she has held since 1990. She has raised $3 million dollars to rebuild and professionalize the Museum and restore the 1880's farm, which will be used as a living history park and environmental learning center for regional audiences.

Prior to joining the Museum, she worked as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for the University of Puget Sound. She managed the state centennial exhibit celebrating and honoring Washington's Native heritage, "A Time of Gathering."

 

Stephen has been the Theatre Manager at Meydenbauer Center since late 1999. Prior to this position, Stephen was the Cultural Arts Coordinator at the City of Renton. Before returning to the Pacific Northwest he was a Theatre Instructor at the University of Toronto where he was also the producing director of a theatre company he co-founded.

During the past 20-years Stephen has been actively involved with regional arts organizations serving on literally dozens of panels with 4Culture and its predecessors in addition to being a charter member of the 4Culture Arts Advisory Committee and its chair for 1-year. Stephen also served on the Arts Northwest Board of Directors for 6-years, works as a theatre consultant specifically on business models and programming while continuing to serve on panels with the Idaho Commission of the Arts and the Nevada Arts Council.

Stephen's recreational time is spent fishing with his daughter, gardening, running half-marathons and climbing medium sized mountains.

 

Former Senator Bill Finkbeiner held a Republican seat in the 45th Legislative District and is a property manager and small business owner. He has received recognition and awards including, the Washington State Housing Finance Commission Friends of Housing Award for dedication and commitment to affordable housing, 2004; Governor Gary Locke's Digital Education Task Force, 2003; The "5e" Award for embracing the mission of the KDK Guild with outstanding dedication & achievement, 2001; Food Allergy Network Marial C. Furlong Award for Making a Difference, 2000; Smart Tools Academy, 1999-2000.

Bill Finkbeiner is a current Board member of Hopelink Multi-Service Center and a former board member of the Cascade Land Conservancy. His Legislative leadership includes: Republican Leader, 2005; Majority Leader, 2004; Deputy Majority Leader, 2003; Assistant Republican Floor Leader, 1999-00. Elective Office experience includes: Senate, 1994, 1998, 2002; House of Representatives, 1992. He is involved in the following Standing and Legislative Committees: Transportation; Financial Institutions, Housing & Consumer Protections; Rules, 2005 NCSL Host Committee; Arts Commission; Council of State Governments - Executive Committee; Department Of Revenue Advisory Group On Simplified Sales And Use Tax Administration; Committee on Energy Supply; Horse Racing Commission; Member, Life Sciences Discovery Fund Board of Trustees.

 

Felicia Gonzalez is a poet and short fiction writer. She received a B.A. in English Literature and Psychology at the University of Maryland and is an alumna of Hedgebrook Writers Retreat and the Jack Straw Writers Program. Some of her many accomplishments include a 2007 Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship, a 4Culture Arts Projects award, and participation in the “My Favorite Poem” installation/video project at Richard Hugo House. She is also an experienced development professional in the non-profit sector. She has worked for the Henry Art Gallery, Chaya (a resource for South Asian Women in Seattle), and Seattle Arts & Lectures. Felicia currently works in the development office of the University of Washington’s College of Arts and Sciences.

 

 

  • Kirstin Haugen
  • Kirstin Haugen
  • Secretary
  • (Bothell, WA)
  • District 1

Kirstin Haugen is a resident of Bothell where she chairs the Cascadia Community College Board of Trustees. She is a past member of the Northshore Performing Arts Center Foundation Board and the King County Charter Review Commission.

Kirstin was formerly the account executive at the public affairs firm The Mercury Group, and Chief of Staff to King County Councilmember Bob Ferguson.

 

Tom Ikeda is a third generation Seattleite whose grandparents came to Seattle from Japan in the early 1900's. He is the Executive Director of Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project, which he helped start in 1996. Densho is a virtual museum that teaches young people about democracy through the stories of Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II.

During the last 17 years, Tom has conducted over 200 video-recorded, oral history interviews with Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II, created classroom curriculum from these materials, and helped design Densho's award winning website. Prior to Densho, Tom was a General Manager at Microsoft in the Multimedia Publishing Group. He has received numerous awards for his contributions in the humanities, education, and the non-profit sector, including the Humanities Washington Award for outstanding achievement in the public humanities, the National JACL Japanese American of the Biennium award for Education, and the Microsoft Alumni Foundation Integral Fellows award.

Tom comes to the 4Culture board after serving for five years on the Heritage Advisory Committee.

 

  • Ted Kutscher
  • Ted Kutscher
  • Treasurer
  • (Vashon Island, WA)
  • District 8

As both a financial planner and attorney, Ted draws from various disciplines of investment, tax and law. He is a founder and principal of the financial planning and wealth counsel firm, Kutscher Rhodes & Benner, Inc. and the law firm Kutscher Hereford Bertram Burkart PLLC, both located in the Hoge Building in downtown Seattle.

Ted is an oil and watercolor painter in the realist and impressionist style and was most recently represented by the Silverwood Gallery on Vashon Island.

 

Jennifer's dedication to saving places that matter and revitalizing communities through historic preservation spans 20 years. Her professional experience includes serving the public as a Community Development Specialist in the City of Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods, leading Washington's non-profit preservation advocacy organization as Executive Director of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation; and most recently focusing on project-based work as Principal of Heritage Matters Preservation Consulting Services. Jennifer is an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Urban Design and Planning in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington, where she earned a Master of Architecture and Certificate in Preservation Planning and Design.

Jennifer has been an enthusiastic participant on numerous national, state, and local committees, including the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Partners Network Steering Committee; the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation's Maritime Heritage Task Force and Sustainability and Historic Preservation Steering Committee; the Washington State Main Street Advisory Committee; and 4Culture's Historic Preservation Advisory Committee, Government Relations Committee and Board Nominating Committee. Jennifer loves being part of the Magnolia community where she lives with her husband, architect Thomas Isarankura, and three wonderful daughters.

 

Ana Pinto da Silva leads design for Microsoft's Strategic Prototyping and Advanced Strategies Group. Her work synthesizes her interests in storytelling, architecture and emerging technologies with her deep passion for creative collaboration. Ana's previous experience includes game development, architecture, and interactive media. Her work has garnered several awards including the Al Falah Grant from U.C. Berkeley in 2002 and a Webby Worthy Award in 2003.

In addition to her media work, Ana has been an instructor at San Francisco State's Multimedia Studies Program developing and teaching courses on interactive media history and development. She has extensive non-profit board experience including San Francisco's Art & Film for Teenagers and Artist Trust. She is the founder of Seattle's Pecha Kucha chapter, one of Pecha Kucha's longest running city series. She currently serves as a board member for Design In Public and as an advisor to the Seattle Waterfront Design Oversight Committee. Ana received her B.A. in Architecture from U.C. Berkeley and her MDesS from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. She is a graduate of Seattle's Leadership Tomorrow's serving as class valedictorian in 2009.

 

 

Tracey is the Director of Cultural Tourism for Visit Seattle, the official Destination Marketing Organization of Seattle and King County, where she leads the initiative to promote our region as a premier destination to attract visitors interested in art, heritage and culture.

Her 25 years of arts marketing, arts administration and tourism marketing experience includes serving as the Director of Marketing and Communications for The 5th Avenue Theatre, and previously as the Cultural Programs Manager for the City of Kent.

Tracey graduated cum laude from the University of Puget Sound, and pursued graduate studies at L'Institut d'Etudes Francaises de Touraine. She serves as Co-Chair of the national Cultural & Heritage Tourism Alliance, on the national Partners in Tourism consortium, on the Steering Committee for the Puget Sound Cultural Resource Collective, and on the Arts Advisory Committee of the Washington State Convention Center. She recently concluded 8 years of service on the Board of Directors of Plymouth Housing Group, and almost 10 years on the Marketing Committee of the Downtown Seattle Association. Tracey has also hosted a weekly music program on KBCS 91.3 FM for more than 20 years.

 

 

Hollis Wong-Wear is a singer-producer, poet, rapper, manager and actress. She manages the hip-hop duo Blue Scholars, and also co-founded Canary Sing with her best friend when she was 19, going on to perform in hundreds of shows. She coordinated the Youth Slam Series at Arts Corps and facilitated the Food Education Empowerment and Sustainability Team (FEEST) at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, located in the Delridge Neighborhood of Southwest Seattle. You can hear her stunning vocals in White Walls, a track on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' breakout album The Heist. She's also making waves as part of The Flavr Blue, a recently formed trio that hit the scene in 2013 and is helping shape the next wave of Seattle hip-hop.

 

4Culture Ex Officio Board Members

  • Kathy Lambert - King County Council - District 3
  • Joe McDermott - King County Council - District 8
  • Larry Phillips - King County Council - District 4
  • Jim Kelly - Executive Director - 4Culture

 

About our Advisory Committees

The four 4Culture program areas - Arts, Heritage, Historic Preservation and Public Art—are managed by staff working closely with Advisory Committees. These Advisory Committees bring together a maximum of nine specialists who provide expert professional input, guidance and advice from the field. The Advisory Committees are working committees immersed in the technical aspects of the specific area and use peer to peer discussions to advise the staff in carrying out the work of that program. Advisory Committees meet regularly throughout the year to advise, establish, and review procedures for granting programs and to identify regional priorities or initiatives on behalf of our community.

Arts

 

  • Shelley Brittingham
  • Shelley Brittingham

Shelley Brittingham is an Assistant Director with the City of Bellevue Parks & Community Services Department and a former Recreation Coordinator for the King County Parks & Recreation Division. She has a dance background and extensive experience conducting arts programs for all ages through parks & recreation, afterschool programs and the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County. She has presented at national and local conferences on school age/youth care issues. Shelley is a Burien resident and also serves on the Burien Arts Commission.

 

  • Lawrence Ellis
  • Lawrence Ellis

Lawrence Ellis is the Assistant Director for the City of SeaTac Parks & Recreation Department and a long time collaborator of 4Culture. As the lead staff for the former SeaTac Arts Commission and recreation staff for the Parks and Recreation Department, Lawrence has facilitated numerous arts in the parks programs and funding awards from 4Culture over the last 20 years. Lawrence has also served on 4Culture panels for the Cultural Facilities and Special Projects Programs of 4Culture. Lawrence is a an active community member of the SeaTac Community as well as serving with the Boy and Girls Club of Ballard.

 

  • Bernie Griffin
  • Bernie Griffin

Bernadine (Bernie) Griffin is the Managing Director of 5th Avenue Theatre. During her tenure the 5th Avenue has grown from a $10 million to a $25 million organization. She brings to her position over 30 years of fundraising and management experience. Prior to The 5th Avenue, she served as Director of Development for the prestigious Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles as well as The Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, California. Before moving to California, she served at the Seattle Symphony where she is proud to have been part of the team that built Benaroya Hall. In addition to the Symphony, Griffin worked for the Tony Award-winning Seattle Repertory Theatre as well as Tony Randall's National Actors Theatre in New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Martin's University in Lacey Washington and is proud to have been born and raised in Walla Walla, Washington. Bernie was recently honored as one of the 2013 Women of Influence by the Puget Sound Business Journal. She is married to award-winning actor, Sean Griffin.

 

  • Dan Mayer
  • Dan Mayer

Dan Mayer is the Executive Director for the Kirkland Performance Center where he has served as Associate Director for the past two years. Dan has an extensive history of non-profit arts experience in King County, as a free-lance planning consultant providing crisis and transition management for a number of arts organizations including On the Boards, Empty Space, Spectrum Dance Theatre, Photographic Center Northwest, The Jewish Film Festival, and nationally with the National Performance Network, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York and Chicago, and Arts International.

 

  • Stephen Elliott
  • Stephen Elliott
  • Board Representative

Stephen has been the Theatre Manager at Meydenbauer Center since late 1999. Prior to this position, Stephen was the Cultural Arts Coordinator at the City of Renton. Before returning to the Pacific Northwest he was a Theatre Instructor at the University of Toronto where he was also the producing director of a theatre company he co-founded.

During the past 20-years Stephen has been actively involved with regional arts organizations serving on literally dozens of panels with 4Culture and its predecessors in addition to being a charter member of the 4Culture Arts Advisory Committee and its chair for 1-year. Stephen also served on the Arts Northwest Board of Directors for 6-years, works as a theatre consultant specifically on business models and programming while continuing to serve on panels with the Idaho Commission of the Arts and the Nevada Arts Council.

Stephen's recreational time is spent fishing with his daughter, gardening, running half-marathons and climbing medium sized mountains.

 

  • Eduardo Mendonca
  • Eduardo Mendonca

Eduardo Mendonca is a resident of Renton and native of Brazil. He is a professional composer/musician and Director of Show Brazil Productions, a local Brazilian music and dance group well known throughout King County at numerous fairs and festivals. Eduardo is also the Co-Founder and Director for BrasilFest, an annual ethnic festival held at Seattle Center. He is a voting member of The Recording Academy (Grammy and Latin Grammy). Eduardo's street performance has been a part of 4Culture's Site Specific Program.

 

  • Bryan Ohno
  • Bryan Ohno

Bryan Ohno is the president & director of Urban Art Concept that creates, consults and organizes private/public art projects to enliven the grey in the city. It embraces art, in all of its forms, to inspire human connections. UAC evolved from the Bryan Ohno Gallery in Pioneer Square as a new art platform to expand from the traditional art forms of paintings on the wall and sculptures on pedestals. In 2012, UAC worked on the Seattle Parks and Recreation's ARTSparks program and organized the Spiral Art Project supported by Seattle University and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to bring more awareness to the displaced families in the State of Washington. Past boards include the International Sculpture Center (NJ) and the School of Art, University of Washington. He also served as the founding director for the innovative MadArt projects ('09-'12) and curated the West Edge Sculpture Exhibition ('08).

 

Heritage

 

  • Karen Bouton
  • Karen Bouton

Karen Bouton joined the South King County Genealogical Society in 1994, serving as Vice President for two terms. In 2004, she became the Society's Historian and later, the Saar Cemetery Project Coordinator. For her cemetery work, Karen received the 2007 Washington State Genealogical Society award and King County's John D. Spellman Historic Preservation Award in 2008. At the Greater Kent Historical Society; Karen has been the organizer of the Society's obituary project since 2005 and has served as secretary on the Society Board since 2006. In 2007, Karen received a Certificate in Genealogy and Family History from the University of Washington Extension.

 

  • Patricia Cosgrove
  • Patricia Cosgrove
  • Board Representative

Patricia is the Director of the White River Valley Museum and the historic Mary Olson Farm, a position she has held since 1990. She has raised $3 million dollars to rebuild and professionalize the Museum and restore the 1880's farm, which will be used as a living history park and environmental learning center for regional audiences.

Prior to joining the Museum, she worked as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for the University of Puget Sound. She managed the state centennial exhibit celebrating and honoring Washington's Native heritage, "A Time of Gathering."

 

  • Betsy Davis
  • Betsy Davis

Betsy Davis is Executive Director of The Center for Wooden Boats, a hands-on maritime museum with campuses on Lake Union and Camano Island. In addition to driving CWB's growth and staff development, Betsy has helped lead the collaboration of marine and cultural organizations contributing to the success of Lake Union Park, and has been instrumental in earning state and national recognition for CWB's role in preserving maritime heritage. Betsy brings to the nonprofit sector three decades of experience in business, including Microsoft and entrepreneurial ventures. With a BA in History from Stanford, Betsy's continuing education includes completing Seattle Central's Marine Carpentry program; earning her Certified Fund Raising Executive credential; receiving professional training through the Executive Nonprofit Leadership Program at Stanford Business School and the Getty Museum Leadership Institute.

 

  • Maya Farrar
  • Maya Farrar

Maya Farrar is the Program Administrator for the University of Washington Museology Program and a graduate of that program. She has interests in art, technology and administration. She manages a variety of projects including course and program websites, newsletters and events, as well as assisting with grant fund management. She is also the program liaison with the university's Educational Outreach unit, which provides continuing education through a range of programs, connecting the university with communities across the country. Born and raised in central Mexico, Maya is fluent in Spanish and English. In addition to her Masters of Arts in Museology, Maya holds a Bachelor's in Studio Art.

 

  • Kevin Henry
  • Kevin Henry

Kevin P. Henry has been Cultural Diversity Coordinator for the City of Bellevue since 1994. He is responsible for producing workshops, trainings, panel discussions and presentations that focus on media relations, outreach, cultural arts and education. Kevin is also responsible for coordinating community events, like the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration, and cultural arts performances at community centers, shopping centers and other venues. In addition, Kevin has hosted and produced radio programs such as Voices of Diversity on KBCS-FM, 91.3, and cable television programs on cable channel 21(BTV). Kevin has also worked as an MC, freelance radio host and voiceover artist, including work for KCTS-9 and other corporate and nonprofit organizations. Kevin has over 30 years of journalism experience, having written for the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, Seattle Woman and thrive! magazine. A native of LA, Kevin has a BA in Radio/TV/Film from California State University, Northridge.

 

  • Nancy Salguero McKay
  • Nancy Salguero McKay

Nancy Salguero McKay is Curator of Collections for the Highline Historical Society/Highline Heritage Museum, a position she has held since 2005, the same year she received her Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Washington. With the Highline Historical Society planning for a new museum in the near future, Nancy's current duties include collections care and management, as well as supervision of volunteers and interns. In addition, Nancy designs and installs local history exhibits at "pop up" locations around the Highline area. Before becoming a museum professional, Nancy, who is bilingual in Spanish and English, worked with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, providing support to staff in promoting justice for low-income immigrants. With a passion for heritage, diversity, cultural and intergenerational representation, Nancy also volunteers as an organizer and participant in events promoting social justice.

 

  • Chris Moore
  • Chris Moore

Chris Moore is Executive Director for the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. Established in 1976, the Trust is a nonprofit, membership organization dedicated to safeguarding Washington's historic places through advocacy, education, stewardship and collaboration. As Executive Director, Chris oversees day-to-day management and operation of the organization, board governance, fundraising, and human resources. Chris spearheads advocacy efforts, working across the state with local communities engaged in efforts to preserve historic and cultural resources that add to Washington's unique sense of place. In partnership with the State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation, Chris assists in administering capital grant programs for historic county courthouses and Heritage Barns across the state. Chris holds an MA in Preservation Studies from Boston University. Prior to joining the WA Trust, he worked for the City of Newton, MA, as a local historic district administrator and for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, operating out of their Northeast Region Office.

 

  • Eric Nelson
  • Eric Nelson

Eric Nelson joined the Nordic Heritage Museum as Executive Director in January 2008. A Napa, California native, he served as Executive Director of the Napa Valley Museum from 1999 to 2007. Prior to this role, he was Curator of Exhibits and Collections and then Executive Director of the Sonoma County Museum for eleven years. Eric is a graduate of the prestigious Getty Museum Leadership Institute and holds a Masters of Art degree in History from Sonoma State University and a B.A. in History from California State University, Sacramento. He has served as guest lecturer at Sonoma State University, San Francisco State University and Santa Rosa Junior College.

 

  • Chieko Takai Phillips
  • Chieko Takai Phillips

Chieko Phillips came to King County by way of Roswell, Georgia and found a home at the Northwest African American Museum, where she works as the curatorial assistant. In 2009, Chieko received a BA in History from Davidson College in North Carolina and her MA in Museology from the University of Washington in 2011. Her passion for local history, community historians, and representations of mixed race identity drives her to volunteer with heritage projects around Seattle including those at the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington and the Wing Luke Museum. As an emerging professional, Chieko brings a fresh perspective to King County's heritage museum community.

 

Preservation

 

  • Richard Anderson
  • Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson is the Executive Director of the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie. He has been with the Museum for 15 years and has guided the organization through a period of rapid growth, and through a transition from a volunteer-managed museum to one managed by a full time professional staff. Richard has an undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia and his area of academic interest is the role railroads played in the development of the west. He is versed in collection care techniques for large artifacts including locomotives, freight cars and coaches.

 

  • Brooke V. Best
  • Brooke V. Best

Brooke V. Best is trained as an architectural historian, and received her undergraduate degree at the University of Vermont and M.S. degree at the University of Pennsylvania. For seven years, she worked for R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc., a cultural resources management (CRM) firm in Maryland, where she managed a wide range of private, public and Department of Defense projects. Since relocating to Seattle in 1997, she has volunteered with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, Friends of Georgetown History, AIA Seattle COTE, and DocomomoWEWA. She is currently employed as Historic Seattle's Office Administrator and preservation consultant to the City of Bothell's Landmark Preservation Board.

 

  • Kathleen Brooker, Historic Seattle's Executive Director, Photo by Marissa Natkin.
  • Kathleen Brooker

Kathleen Brooker is the new Executive Director of Historic Seattle Preservation and Development Authority. Before coming to Seattle, she spent fifteen years as president and CEO of Historic Denver. Prior to that, she served as deputy state preservation officer in the New Mexico State Historic Preservation Office. Kathleen was also executive director of the Lowell Historic Board in Lowell, Mass. She has long held an interest in both the arts and heritage, and came to preservation and her interest in the built environment through her training as an architect.

 

  • Manish Chalana
  • Manish Chalana

Manish Chalana is an Assistant Professor in the Urban Design and Planning department at the University of Washington, with an affiliate appointment in the Jackson School of International Studies. He is a multidisciplinary design and planning professional with interests in historic preservation and international planning. Within historic preservation, his research and teaching emphasizes large-scale cultural resource management, multicultural preservation, and preservation of vernacular environments. He has published and presented his work in a variety of planning and preservation journals and venues. Manish has also participated and consulted on preservation projects internationally, especially in Asia. In his free time he likes to read, garden, walk his dog around the Central District, explore cities and travel the world.

 

  • Nathaniel Howe
  • Nathaniel Howe

Nathaniel Howe is the Nautical Archaeologist and Vessel Manager for Northwest Seaport. He studied at Mystic Seaport and the Vasa Museum in Sweden and holds a master's degree in Nautical Archaeology from East Carolina University and a bachelor’s degree in history and museum studies from Beloit College. In 2008 and 2009 Howe directed the archaeological recording of the schooner Wawona (1897) and oversaw the extraction of artifacts prior to and during its deconstruction at a Seattle shipyard. Howe is now working on preservation planning for Northwest Seaport’s two remaining ships, Arthur Foss (1889) and Lightship No. 83 (1904). Last summer he supervised three months of major shipyard restoration work on the lightship and is currently the project manager for the installation of a new wooden deck on the 130-foot ship.

 

  • Jennifer Meisner
  • Jennifer Meisner
  • Board Representative

Jennifer Meisner serves as executive director of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, a statewide preservation non-profit. For ten years prior to this appointment, she was lead staff to the Pioneer Square Preservation District Board for the City of Seattle, Department of Neighborhoods. Jennifer earned a Masters of Architecture, with a Certificate in Preservation Planning and Design, from the University of Washington, during which time she participated in the UW Rome Program. Since 1995, she has taught graduate level courses at the UW College of Architecture & Urban Planning.

 

  • Krista Whiters
  • Krista Whiters

Krista currently serves as an Intern Architect at Bassetti Architects. She is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During grad school she completed two summer internships at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C. This experience included a summer with the National Trust Loan Fund during which she learned about the financing necessary for preserving buildings. After earning Masters degrees in architecture and urban planning, she completed eleven months of service in AmeriCorps in Elkins, WV, where she restored 97-year-old window sashes from Elkins City Hall and painted clapboards on a house that served as a Union hospital during the Civil War. When Krista is not at work practicing architecture, she enjoys exploring Seattle parks and making pop-up cards.

 

Public Art

 

  • Lucrecia Blanco
  • Lucrecia Blanco

Lucrecia Blanco is the Creative Director of Vela Lighting Consultants, working in the realms of sculpture and architecture. She creates both studio works and master planning projects internationally, with an additional focus on sustainability. She has an extensive background with lighting for theater, dance, and opera; and led the theater lighting design department at Northern Illinois University while maintaining an independent practice. She is an associate member of the International Association of Lighting Designers. A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Blanco currently resides in Kirkland, WA.

 

  • Cris Bruch
  • Cris Bruch

Cris Bruch is a sculptor and public artist who has been active in the region for over 25 years. His work integrates issues of consumer culture and social/economic disparity with a more formal aesthetic, characterized by the use of non-traditional materials and repetitive processes. His work has been shown extensively in the US and abroad, and he has received numerous awards with highlights including the Betty Bowen Memorial Award; the Neddy Fellowship; the Artist Trust/WASAC Fellowship; and the Pollock Krasner Foundation award. His permanent pieces can be seen in the King County Public Art Collection; on the University of Washington campus in Seattle; at the Wayne Lyman Morse United States Courthouse in Eugene, OR; and along the 5th Avenue Transit Corridor in Portland, OR. Bruch was raised in Kansas City, MO and earned his BFA in ceramics/sculpture at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. He then completed his MFA (sculpture) and MA (video) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

 

  • Kevin Carl
  • Kevin Carl
  • Board Representative

Kevin is a real estate developer, architect and urban designer with a deep interest in community enhancement and sustainability. He is principal of Urban Innovations Group LLC and UIG Applied Energetics, a strategic planning and development firm, focused on green energy systems infrastructure, policy development and planning. Among his signature projects is the Sleeping Lady Retreat and Conference Center in Leavenworth, WA, for which he served as architectural designer and project manager. A more recent project was the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue, WA, which brings children ages 9-12 hands-on experiences of fresh water ecologies, biology and sustainable living systems. He is a former Board Chair of the Pioneer Square Community Association's Public Spaces Committee; Vice-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission; and Chair of the SAC Public Art Committee. He brings urban planning and real estate development experience as well as public art expertise to the 4Culture Board and is a liaison to the Public Art Advisory Committee.

 

  • Stefano Catalani
  • Stefano Catalani

Stefano Catalani serves as Director of Curatorial Affairs/Artistic Director at Bellevue Arts Museum. During his time as Curator and continuing as Director, he has conceived and organized acclaimed exhibitions exploring the ever-evolving field of art, craft and design and has championed Northwest artists in his exhibition schedule. Catalani has written and contributed to many publications and exhibition catalogues. He serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Washington, Evergreen State College and other educational institutions. With a classical education in his native Italy, Catalani relocated to Seattle in 2001, bringing a strong theoretical background in art history and philosophy to his work in the region. At Bellevue Arts Museum, he focuses on "craft as a cultural signifier," stressing the social implications of craft.

 

  • Maria Gamboa
  • Maria Gamboa

Maria Gamboa is a visual artist who creates two-dimensional works and on-site architectural interventions. She is also a practicing designer with her firm Abarbanel & Gamboa Design, rehabilitating and re-designing homes. She has previously worked as an Adjunct Professor at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, CA, a Museum Educator at The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, CA, an Instructor of Record and Teaching Assistant at RISD, and as a studio assistant to Salomon Huerta in Los Angeles, CA. Gamboa received her BA with honors from the University of California at Berkeley in Berkeley, CA and her MFA with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. Her awards at these institutions are numerous, and include a Presidential Scholar Fellowship at RISD and ArtsBridge Scholarship at UC Berkeley. Gamboa brings a unique perspective to our PAAC through her upbringing in a migrant farm-working family.

 

  • James Hughes
  • James Hughes

James Hughes is a trans-disciplinary artist focused on the intersection between art and technology. His work is concerned with systems, agency and information. James' research involves the use of real-time audio/video processing, audio/video synthesis, computer vision, sensors, networks, robotics and artificial intelligence to create interactive installations and performance platforms. James heads up the Fabrication Lab at the University of Washington Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) where he teaches art students everything from programming and electronics, to woodworking and CNC machining.

 

  • Robert Hutchison
  • Robert Hutchison

Robert Hutchison is a practitioner, researcher, and educator whose interests and practice overlap the fields of architecture, art and photography. Hutchison received a MArch degree from the University of Washington in 1996, and a BS degree in Structural Engineering and a BS degree in Architectural Engineering from Drexel University in 1990. In 2001, Hutchison formed the Seattle-based architectural firm Hutchison & Maul Architecture in collaboration with his friend and colleague Tom Maul. In 2013, Hutchison established the architecture studio Robert Hutchison Architecture. Hutchison is a recipient of the "2009 Emerging Voice" by the Architectural League of NY, and one of five artists to be awarded the 2010 Japan-US Creative Artists Fellowship by the Japan-US Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the National Endowment for the Arts. Hutchison is an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington, where he teaches architectural design studios at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to serving on the 4Culture Public Art Advisory Committee, Hutchison sits on the board of the independent non-profit architectural organization Space.City.

 

  • Selina Hunstiger
  • Selina Hunstiger

Selina Hunstiger's practice merges art, ecology and environmental stewardship, and landscape architecture. She received undergraduate degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Photography and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington. Selina cofounded Inkwell Collective a collaborative design partnership, which developed design concepts, research topics and site-specific installations exploring shapes of architecture, urbanism and placemaking. She has also contributed to the cultural community through a variety of opportunities such as facilitating the Design Your 'Hood program for the Seattle Art Museum, designing materials for Seattle's landmark Freeway Park, and serving on the City of Seattle Green Building Team. An enthusiastic explorer, Selina has traveled extensively in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the South Pacific. Selina is currently on staff at the landscape architecture firm Gustafson Guthrie Nichol.

 

  • Erika Dalya Massaquoi
  • Erika Dalya Massaquoi

Erika Dalya Massaquoi is an arts, culture and media professional with over a decade of executive leadership experience in the public and private sectors. She recently moved to Seattle from Manhattan, where she was Assistant Dean of the School of Art and Design at The Fashion Institute of Technology at the State University of New York. She currently serves as a Board Trustee of Seattle's Pratt Fine Arts Center and is a Board Director of The Feminist Press in New York City. As a curator, she has held positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the American Museum of the Moving Image. She has worked as a commentator with NPR and as a Producer/Correspondent with Oxygen Media. She holds a BA in History and a MA in Social Sciences from The University of Chicago, and a PhD in Cinema Studies from New York University/Tisch School of the Arts.

 

Board

The Board of Directors meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month (except when noted) at 4:00 in the 4Culture offices.

For more information, please contact Melissa Newbill, 206 296.4816.

2014 Meeting Schedule

January 22   |   February 26   |  March 26   |   April 23   |   May 28   |   June 25   |   July & August (no regular meeting)
September 24   |   October 22   |   November (no regular meeting)  |   December 3

Board Committee Meeting Schedule

Executive Committee: Monday, April 14, 2014, 3:30 - 5:30 PM

Finance Committee: Monday, May 19, 2014, 3:30 - 5:30 PM

Governance Committee: TBD

Real Estate Advisory Committee: TBD

all committee meetings are at 4Culture offices unless otherwise noted

 

Arts Advisory Committee

The Arts Advisory Committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 3:30-5:30 in the 4Culture offices.

For more information, please contact Charlie Rathbun, 206 296.8675.

2014 Meeting Schedule

January 21   |   February 18   |  March 18 [rescheduled] March 27th, 9:30-12:00, South Bellevue Community Center  |   April 15
May 20 [rescheduled] May 21, 3:30-5:00   |   June 17   |   July 15  |   August 19   |   September 16   |   October 21   |   November 18   |   December 16

 

Heritage Advisory Committee

The Heritage Advisory Committee meets on the second Wednesday of every other month at 3pm in the 4Culture offices.

For more information, please contact Eric Taylor, 206 296.8688

2014 Meeting Schedule

February 12  |  April 9  |  June 11  |  August 13  |  October 8  |  December 10

 

Preservation Advisory Committee

The Preservation Advisory Committee meets on the first Thursday of every other month at 3pm in the 4Culture offices.

For more information, please contact Flo Lentz, 206 296.8682.

2014 Meeting Schedule

February 6  |  April 3  |  June 19  |  August 7  |  October 2  |  December 4

 

Public Art Advisory Committee

The Public Art Advisory Committee meets on the third Thursday of every month at 9am in the 4Culture offices.

For more information, please contact Willow Fox, 206 205.8024

2014 Meeting Schedule

January 16  |  February 20  |  March 20  |  April 17  |  May 15  |  June 19  |  July 17  |  September 18  |  October 16  |  November 20  |  December 18

 

Local Arts Agency Network

The Local Arts Agency Network meets every other month on the 4th Thursday from 9:30 to 12:30. Locations vary.

For more information, please contact Charlie Rathbun, 206 296.8675

2014 Meeting Schedule

January 23   |  March 27  |  May 22  |  July 24  |  September 25  |  December 4