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Leadership: Team Members
Leadership: About
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Kathleen Barry Johnson

Executive Director

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.

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Ellen Ta

Office Manager & Bookkeeper

Ellen is HSD's office manager and bookkeeper since 2022.

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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.

Board Members

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.

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Dana Phelan
Seat 7
PSQ Arts & Entertainment
Board President

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Derek Lum
Seat 11
Non-profit/Planning
Board Vice-President

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Jessica Rubenacker
Seat 8
CID Arts & Entertainment
Board Secretary

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Shava Lawson
Seat 9
PSQ Culture & History
Board Treasurer

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Leesa Kunke
Seat 1
PSQ Business

Diane Le
Seat 2
CID Business

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Nuria Hansen
Seat 3
PSQ Resident

Leadership: Testimonials
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Tuyen Than
Seat 4
CID Resident

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Jessa Timmer
Seat 5
PSQ Nonprofit

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Quynh Pham
Seat 6
CID Nonprofit

Ken Takahashi
Seat 12
City of Seattle

Stephanie Pure
Seat 13
Local legislative Authority – King County Metro

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Aleksa Manila 
Seat 10
CID Culture & History

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Jennifer Tam
Seat 12
Local Legislative Authority -- City of Seattle

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Vacant
Seat 13
Local legislative Authority

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