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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is a community volunteer, with a strong background in public affairs providing policy analysis, research, strategy, communications, and project management in both the private and public sectors. Previously, Kirstin served as Account Executive at Mercury, a public affairs consulting firm, and as Chief of Staff to former King County Councilmember Bob Ferguson. She is the former Chair of the Cascadia Community College Board of Trustees, past member of the Northshore Performing Arts Center Foundation Board, and member the King County Charter Review Commission.
Kirstin received a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelors of Arts in English & Creative Writing from the University of Washington.
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.
Born and raised in Chile, Patricio Mendoza has been a small business owner ( E.C. Computers) in Des Moines since 1991. With more than 24 years in operations management, business development, sales/marketing strategy, and vendor negotiations, Patricio has been actively involved in several civic organizations, including Kiwanis, Lions Club, and Rotary, where he currently chairs the international service committee.
Since 2007, he has been involved in Spanish-language radio and television broadcasting, hosting Latino musicians, poets, painters and writers on "Conversando con Patricio" on Radio 1680-AM, and originating the area’s first 100% sports show in Spanish, "Fanáticos del Deporte," for ESPN. He has played a major role in producing the Afro-Latino Festival from 2011-2013, serving as president in 2013.
Patricio is the father of four children, and also serves as his niece’s guardian. He lives with his wife and family in Des Moines.
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.
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.
Nate Robinson has worked with the City of Tukwila under the Parks & Recreation department as the Teen Program Specialist for the past seven years. Nate has direct oversight of a Friday Teen Late Night Program, Summer Camp, a teen leadership development group called Teens for Tukwila, a variety of both teen/community focused special events, and an after school drop-in space called the Teen Room. He is also very involved in work that impacts the larger Tukwila community and the region. Nate is part of the City of Tukwila Community Connector’s Committee and Equity and Diversity Commission and was also a member of the City of Tukwila Employee Committee for the Strategic Plan and the Washington Recreation & Parks Association (WRPA) Board and Cultural Competency Committee. Nate has chaired the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Advisory Board at Foster High School and the Teen Service Section (a group of professionals working with teens in the Parks & Recreation field throughout the state of Washington).
Nate received a Master’s Degree from Seattle University for completion of the Executive Non-Profit Leadership Program in 2013. In 2012, he received the City of Tukwila Excellence In Action Award. In 2011, he was the City of Tukwila Parks & Recreation Employee of the Year.
Mitch is a freelance Video Producer, Director and Storyteller. He was born and raised in Seattle, then left to pursue an education in film studies in New York City at the New School University. After living and working in New York and Los Angeles for a few years, Mitch returned to Washington State to be closer to family. He has since opened a flourishing video production business, shooting corporate promotion films and commercials for numerous companies, agencies and individuals throughout the area.
Mitch became a commissioner for the Renton Municipal Arts Commission in 2013, and acted as a judge for the 2013 Renton Film Frenzy, having participated previously. He has also served on 4Culture grant review boards, and strives to offer artists connections to resources wherever they exist.
Heather is the Executive Director of Eastside Heritage Center, a position she has held since 2005. Based in Bellevue, Eastside Heritage Center stewards the history of the communities along the eastern shores of Lake Washington, actively engaging with the public through exhibits, services and a wide variety of educational programming.
A native of Toronto, Canada, Heather holds a Master's in Public History from the University of Waterloo, an Honors B.A. in History from Queen's University, and a Licence d'Histoire from l'Université de Paul Valéry in France. Prior to moving to Bellevue with her husband in 2002, Heather worked for the Canadian Privy Council Office in the areas of Foreign Affairs and Heritage Canada.
Heather served 9 years on the Board of the Association of King County Historical Organizations, including several years as President, and 6 years on the 4Culture Heritage Advisory Committee. She has contributed articles to HistoryLink.org and has also done translation work for the Sisters of Providence Archives. Currently, Heather serves on the Visit Bellevue Washington Advisory Committee, she is an ex-Officio Board Member of the Bellevue Downtown Association, and she is active in the Bellevue Rotary Club. Heather and her husband Nick are proud parents to three young children.
- Tracey Wickersham
- (Seattle, WA)
- District 8
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