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.
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.
- 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'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