Kathleen Barry Johnson
Kathleen comes to HSD as a seasoned nonprofit leader. Most recently, she served as Executive Director at Vashon Youth and Family Services, helping to provide mental health and human services to the residents of Vashon Island. Kathleen earned two legal degrees: an LLM from the University of Washington and a JD from Southern Illinois University. Kathleen was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship during her time at the University of Washington. Kathleen lives in Northeast Seattle with her family.
Office Manager & Bookkeeper
Ellen is a dedicated advocate for equity and a passionate supporter of small businesses. With a background in small business work since 2010, she has a deep appreciation for the pivotal role small businesses paly in our communities. Ellen is particularly focused on preserving the unique culture of Seattle's Endangered Chinatown International District by working in HSD by fostering the growth and advocacy of local businesses. My favorite tools are planners and spreadsheets, which she leverages to ensure financial stability and success. Beyond her professional pursuits, Ellen enjoys exploring new experiences and connecting with people, all while maintaining a steadfast commitment to community empowerment and small business development.
MaryKate W. Ryan
Community Preservation Associate
MaryKate is an architectural historian who is fascinated with space and how we use it. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon and Agnes Scott College with degrees in art and architectural history. After spending 14 years working for state historic preservation offices in three states, she moved to Seattle to work in neighborhood and community development. She worked for the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority for 4 years before coming to HSD. She lives in the Jackson Place neighborhood.
Communications & Public Policy Associate
Joined HSD September 2023
Established by RCW 43.167.010, the HSD Board is comprised of members embedded in the communities we serve. Members serve 2 year terms and may be re-elected once. Elections are held in the fall of each year.