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Khazm Kogita and Natasha Rivers Join 4Culture’s Board of Directors


The 4Culture staff and board are proud to welcome King Khazm and Natasha Rivers to the 4Culture Board of Directors. 4Culture is King County’s cultural funding and services agency supported by Lodging Taxes and the 1% for Art ordinance. A 15-member Board of Directors is the governing body of 4Culture, with individuals representing the cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of King County. The King County Council and Executive Dow Constantine appointed them on Monday, April 15.

Khazm Kogita

Khazm “King Khazm” Kogita is a multidisciplinary artist, music producer, and community organizer. He is a prominent figure in the Hip-Hop community within Seattle and internationally. His work to unify and empower community is demonstrated through more than 20 years of art and service. He is Executive Director of 206 Zulu, a Commissioner for the Seattle Commission for People for DisAbilities, Board Member of Here & Now Project, a paralysis support organization, and manager of the historic venue and community space Washington Hall.



“Khazm’s creative work is rooted in activism and serving communities, and he is involved in the arts through a wide-range of disciplines. He will be a wonderful addition to the 4Culture Board of Directors, I look forward to learning from and working with him in the years ahead.”
-Joe McDermott, King County Councilmember

Natasha Rivers

Natasha Rivers works as a research analyst and consultant of demographic data. She is civically engaged and has served on several community boards. Natasha earned her PhD in Geography from UCLA and completed two post-doctoral research associate appointments, one at the Minnesota Population Center and the other at the University of Washington’s Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology. Dr. Rivers is a partner with Social Venture Partners and Co-Chaired SVP Fast Pitch 2018. She is a Leadership Tomorrow alum and Co-Founder of She is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Seattle Children’s Theatre.



“Data gathering and analysis is essential to communicate how arts and culture shapes our county. Natasha will make a significant contribution to the 4Culture board by sharing her professional expertise as a demographer, and through her love of the arts.”
-Dow Constantine, King County Executive