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.
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.
- Brian Flaherty
- (Mercer Island, WA)
- District 6
Brian Flaherty is the General Manager of Bellevue Club & Hotel Bellevue. Flaherty has almost 30 years of hospitality management and leadership experience including prestigious assignments such as his recent role as opening General Manager of the highly regarded Hotel 1000 in downtown Seattle while VP of Operations for MTM Luxury Lodging. Flaherty also held senior roles with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in New York, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Maui, Toronto and The Olympic in Seattle. Prior to joining Hotel 1000, Flaherty was COO of ERA CARE Communities (now ERA Living), a Seattle-based owner and operator of senior living communities in the Pacific Northwest. Flaherty began his career in Hospitality in assorted food and beverage director and restaurant management roles with Marquis Hotels & Resorts in Fort Myers, Fla. in the early 80's.
While residing in the Puget Sound area, Flaherty has been involved in raising funds for several Seattle-area not-for-profit organizations, including PONCHO, The Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center (helping to coordinate the Terry Fox/shore Run for Cancer Research), and other philanthropies. He has also been a board member for the Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Seattle Sports Commission and the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club. Flaherty currently resides in Mercer Island, Wash. with his wife Kitty and their two daughters, Meghan and Clara.
Ricardo Frazer is an ambassador of music business and a pioneer of music business in Seattle. He is manager to Grammy award winning rap artist Sir Mix-A-Lot, multi theatre group board member and long time entrepreneur. He has worked in conjunction with Universal Music Group, Sony Music, Warner Bros., Rick Rubin, The Playboy Channel as well as the Seattle Arts Commission, 4Culture and the Seattle Theatre Group. Ricardo is the CEO of a musically driven creative firm Zaki•Rose, located in Seattle, WA. Zaki•Rose creates brand strategies through music, video, graphic, social engagement and web channel integration.
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
- (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 is Executive Director of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, a statewide, non-profit preservation advocacy organization dedicated to revitalizing communities and saving the places that matter to all Washingtonians. She is also 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 participates on a number of national, state, and local committees, including the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Statewide and Local Partners 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 is an active volunteer at the public school her girls attend and loves being part of the Magnolia community where she lives with her husband, architect Thomas Isarankura, and three amazing daughters.
Kenneth Noreen has served as the Band Director of Shoreline Community College Band Director since 1994. Prior to Shoreline Community College, Noreen served as Director of Bands for the Shoreline School District and was a Music Specialist for the Shoreline School District. Business activities include: Music Director for the Seattle Supersonics; Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Bain; Co-owner of Broad-View Travel and ACFEA Tour Consultants; President of NORHAWK, Inc. and Owner of Triad Properties.
Noreen's volunteer activities include: Founding Member of Shoreline Arts Council; Charter Member of Shoreline Breakfast Rotary; Member of Shoreline Public School Foundation; past President of Washington Music Educators' Association; Member of WMEA state board; and past President of University of Washington Husky Band Foundation. Noreen holds a BA in Music and a Masters in Secondary Education from the University of Washington. He and his wife, Pearl Noreen have two sons, Kevin and Kirk.
Doug Thatcher resides in Normandy Park and is VP, Commercial Portfolio Manager at First Citizens Bank in Kent. Doug currently serves on the board at the Highline YMCA and has served as President and Board Chair for The Hi-Liners, a youth performance organization in Burien. Doug has been involved in the arts since he was a child performing with the Hi-Liners and now as an amateur drummer in two bands and a season subscriber to several arts organizations. He holds degrees from the University of Washington and California Polytechnic School of Management Banking.
4Culture Ex Officio Board Members
- Kathy Lambert - King County Council - District 3
- Joe McDermott - King County Council - District 8
- Julia Patterson - King County Council - District 5
- Jim Kelly - Executive Director - 4Culture