Director of Recovery & Equitable Investments, City of Seattle
In December 2020, Pamela Banks was appointed by Mayor Durkan to this newly created role. Pamela was previously the President & CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle and prior to that served in various positions for the city of Seattle.
Retired Chief of Police, City of Seattle and Law-enforcement Analyst
Carmen Best served in the Seattle Police Department for nearly 30 years, rising to lead the department as Chief of Police in 2018. In 2020, she retired from SPD and became a NBC/MSNBC contributor and a KING 5 Law-enforcement Analyst.
Jenny A. Durkan
Mayor of Seattle
Jenny Durkan was elected the 56th mayor of Seattle in 2017. During her term, Durkan has focused on housing affordability, homelessness, providing free college tuition to high school graduates and police reforms. Prior to becoming mayor, Durkan was a US attorney for Western Washington.
President & CEO, ArtsFund
Michael Greer joined ArtsFund in June 2020, after an extensive national search for the role. A former professional dancer, he previously served as executive director of the Oregon Ballet. He’ll lead ArtsFund through a dynamic and changing cultural environment.
CEO, Seattle Kraken
As CEO of the Seattle Kraken, Tod Leiweke is responsible for fielding a competitive NHL expansion team scheduled to take the ice this fall at Climate Pledge Arena. The arena is currently undergoing a $1.6 billion renovation while Kraken practice facilities are in development at Northgate.
President of Stores, Nordstrom
A fourth-generation family member, Jamie Nordstrom began his career in the stockroom of Nordstrom’s Bellevue location in 1986. He now supports the strategic direction and daily success of the retailer’s 100 stores.
President & CEO, Visit Seattle
For the past 12 years, Tom Norwalk has led Visit Seattle, the private, nonprofit marketing organization that promotes Seattle as a destination for international and domestic leisure travel, meetings and conventions. Tom also spent nearly 20 years in various roles with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts.
Founder & Chief Designer, Authentic Design
With a background in industrial design, Surya Vanka founded his Seattle-based company in 2014. He helps a wide variety of corporate and nonprofit clients develop innovative solutions to challenging problems worldwide. He is part of a team engaging with DSA to created a collaborative, inclusive process to inform a plan for downtown recovery.