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Leadership: Team Members
Leadership: About

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 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.

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Ashley-Nichole Holland

Communications & Public Policy Associate

Joined HSD September 2023

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


Derek Lum
Seat 11
Board Vice-President


Jessica Rubenacker
Seat 8
CID Arts & Entertainment
Board Secretary


Shava Lawson
Seat 9
PSQ Culture & History
Board Treasurer


Leesa Kunke
Seat 1
PSQ Business

Diane Le
Seat 2
CID Business

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Emily Kim
Seat 3
PSQ Resident

Leadership: Testimonials

Tuyen Than
Seat 4
CID Resident

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Jessa Timmer
Seat 5
PSQ Nonprofit


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


Seat 13
Local legislative Authority

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