Vivian Phillips, Chair
Vivian Phillips currently serves as the director of marketing and communications for Seattle Theatre Group, where she oversees the marketing, communications and social media engagement for three historic theatres in Seattle. She is also an adjunct professor at Seattle University teaching persuasive communications in the MFA Arts Leadership program and chairs the Seattle University College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Council. Vivian has executive produced for the stage and led marketing and outreach campaigns for large touring Broadway productions and served as director of communications for Mayor Paul Schell. She currently serves on the boards of Arts Corps, Washington State Building for the Arts Advisory Council, the Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium, and the King County Civic Television Citizen Advisory Committee, and is an award-winning producer and host of arts focused television programs.
Juan Alonso-Rodriguez arrived in the United States from his native Cuba in 1966. He is a self-taught artist whose transition from music to visual arts coincided with his move to Seattle in 1982. His work has been exhibited throughout the US, Canada and Latin America and is included in the permanent collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, Museum of Northwest Art, Microsoft, Swedish & Harborview Hospitals and General Mills and he has created public works for Century Link Field, Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, King County Housing Authority, Epiphany School, Sound Transit’s Light Rail system and Chief Sealth High School. His awards include a 2010 Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award, The Neddy Fellowship, PONCHO Artist of the Year, two Artist Trust GAPs, a 4Culture Individual Artist Grant and a residency at the Centrum Foundation. In 2015, he completed artist residencies for the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture and Town Hall Seattle.
Jeff Benesi has more than 30 years of experience as a landscape and urban designer and works at Mithun. His portfolio includes housing authority redevelopment, parks and streetscape design, transit-oriented development and large-scale master planning projects.
Dawn Chirwa focuses on a wide range of strategic advisory work for The Giving Practice at Philanthropy Northwest. Prior to joining Philanthropy Northwest, Chirwa was chief of staff in the U.S. Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she helped develop education strategies and led critical implementation initiatives. She also served as chief of staff to Goldman Sachs’ president and COO and helped build a Goldman Sachs capital markets public policy group. Chirwa received her J.D. from Stanford Law School and her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin.
Cassie Chinn, Deputy Executive Director at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, oversees planning and implementation of exhibition, collection, public programming and education initiatives in collaboration with community members. In her 20 plus years with the museum, she has worked with numerous community advisory committees and community members to create exhibitions, gather oral histories and produce other museum projects, including The Wing’s recent multi-year exhibition on Bruce Lee. During the museum's capital project, she led community-based program planning and served on the design team. She is the author of The Wing’s Community-based Exhibition handbook. She currently serves on the 4Culture Heritage Advisory Board. Chinn holds a BA and MA in art history as well as a Master in Teaching.
Jonathan Cunningham is the Manager of Youth Programs and Community Outreach at EMP Museum where he's tasked with growing EMP's numerous youth initiatives and creating more opportunities for community members to access and design programming at the museum. He has facilitated after-school programming in Seattle's Central District and the South End; hosted a show on Hollow Earth Radio dedicated to music and news from the Central District; and is a part of Hidmo, a community arts collective based at Washington Hall. In addition to being a board member of The Seattle Globalist, he's currently working on a Masters in Communication in Digital Media from the University of Washington. At his core, Jonathan is a transplanted Detroiter with deep connections to Seattle's music and arts community, and is an award-winning music journalist and editor with content published in major outlets such as FADER, Vibe, Spin, Rollingstone.com, and Village Voice Media.
Priya Frank is the Associate Director for Community Programs at Seattle Art Museum where her focus is on partnerships, community building, and equity related initiatives. Previous work at LUCID Lounge, UW Bothell, UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity and the UW World Series have influenced her passion and heart for this work. Priya is a member of the Seattle Arts Commission, a board member of On the Boards and Tasveer, and is a member of Leadership Tomorrow's class of 2015. She holds a B.A. in Communications and American Ethnic Studies from University of Washington Seattle and an M.A. in Cultural Studies from University of Washington Bothell.
Steve Galatro, Pratt Fine Arts Center’s Executive Director since 2012, has extensive experience in nonprofit arts administration and higher education, elevated by an MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University. Previous management experience comes from various positions at Empty Space Theatre and the Seattle University Fine Arts Department, where he continues to serve as an adjunct professor. In 2014, Galatro was honored for his rejuvenation of Pratt as one of the top 40 Under 40 business leaders in the region by the Puget Sound Business Journal.
Terri Hiroshima recently joined the University of Washington as a Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, and was formerly Vice President of Communications at Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. She has served and worked in Seattle's non-profit sector for more than 20 years, holding executive and marketing leadership positions at Crosscut Public Media, Seattle Theatre Group, Empty Space Theatre, and One Reel. She is currently vice chair of the Seattle Arts Commission and serves on the Langston board and the Pratt Fine Arts Center board; in the past she has served on the boards of Shunpike and Degenerate Art Ensemble. Terri earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations from Boston University, and completed Seattle's Leadership Tomorrow program in 2009.
Billy O'Neill is vice president of Chihuly Studio. He currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors of the Seattle International Film Festival and Advisory Boards for the Seattle Sounders and The Vera Project.
Tracy Rector is a Choctaw/Seminole filmmaker, curator, community organizer, and Executive Director and Co-founder of Longhouse Media. She earned her Masters in Education from Antioch University's First Peoples Program, and specializes in Native American Studies, traditional plant medicine, and documentary film.
Rector has made 360 short films, and is currently in production of her third feature documentary. As co-producer of the award-winning film Teachings of the Tree People, producer of March Point, and co-director of Clearwater; Rector has developed an awareness and sensitivity to the power of media and film as a modern storytelling tool. Her work has been featured on Independent Lens, Cannes Film Festival, ImagineNative, National Geographic's All Roads Film Project, Toronto International Film Festival, and in the Smithsonian's Museum of the American Indian.
Kelly Rodriguez is the executive director and editor of ARCADE, a nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to reinforce the principle that thoughtful design at every scale of human endeavor improves our quality of life. A native of Los Angeles, California, Kelly’s professional and educational accomplishments have afforded her opportunities to regularly serve the art, design and architecture communities in Seattle, including as a member of the architect selection advisory committee for the revolutionary Bullitt Center; and as artist selection panelist for King County’s cultural services agency 4Culture, and the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture. Kelly holds a bachelor and master of architecture and has been a ballet dancer for 37 years (and counting).
Carlo Scandiuzzi has been the executive director of ACT - A Contemporary Theatre since 2008. He first joined ACT in 2007 to oversee its Central Heating Lab initiative, nurturing and supporting new works, new talent and local artists spanning all art forms. He is a founder of Agate Films, Clear Pictures and film distribution company Indieflix.
S. Surface is a Seattle-based designer, photographer, curator, community organizer, writer, critic, researcher and lecturer. Surface's practice centers the creation and preservation of livable, equitable places and demonstrates how design can support civic participation. As Program Director of Design in Public, Surface organizes the annual city-wide Seattle Design Festival and curates exhibitions at the Center for Architecture & Design. Surface is a curator with The Alice, a project/exhibition space and writers' residency, and is a visiting critic at the University of Washington Department Of Architecture. Surface received their M. Arch. from the Yale School of Architecture and their B.F.A. in Integrated Design from Parsons School of Design, New York, NY.
Sharon Nyree Williams
Sharon Nyree Williams is the Managing Director for the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas. A Seattle resident for past thirteen years, previously Williams was the manager of budget and operations for Seattle University's College of Nursing. Over the past ten years she has served as stage manager, research assistant, production assistant and producer for several performing arts organizations in the Seattle area. In 2006, she founded the collaborative arts organization The Mahogany Project. Sharon is also a playwright, filmmaker, solo performer, and producer.