Board & Governance

Organizational Charter (updated 2011)
Rules & Regulations (updated 2014)
Budget Summary (updated 2016)

Board materials

Board members

Catherine Hillenbrand, Chair - Community Volunteer

Robert Schwartz, Vice Chair - Associate Vice President, Facilities, Seattle University

Drew Porter, Treasurer - Associate General Counsel, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Frank Alvarado, Emerging Leader Seat - Vice President, HomeStreet Bank

Paige Chapel, Emeritus Seat - President & CEO, Aeris

Dana Behar - Owner, Discovery Bay Investments

Derrick Belgarde - Program Director, Chief Seattle Club

Rachel Ben-Shmuel - Vulcan Real Estate (retired)

Paul Breckenridge - Breckenridge Consulting Services

Elizabeth Dunn - Principal, Dunn + Hobbes, LLC

Bob Fikso - Principal, Fikso Kretschmer Smith Dixon Ormseth

Michael Malone - Principal, Hunters Capital

Barbara "b.g." Nabors-Glass - Vice President, Job Training & Education, Seattle Goodwill

Alice Quaintance - Partner, 3 Dog Bricolage

Eric Snow - COO/CTO, The Fresh Toast

Selomé Teshome - Insurance and Financial Services Agent, State Farm

Catherine Hillenbrand - Cathy is a 45 year resident of Capitol Hill. She has had several businesses on the Hill including the Comet Tavern and the Real Comet Press. After 30 plus years in the Stevens neighborhood, she and her husband are resident owners of the DuBois Apartments near Seattle Central College. Cathy chaired the Steering Committee of the Capitol Hill Champion, a joint venture of the Community Council and the Chamber of Commerce, formed to implement our community's vision for the redevelopment above the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station. Cathy is a graduate of Duke University and holds a JD from the University of Washington.

Robert Schwartz - Robert has provided facility management and capitol project development for Seattle University since 2010. Prior to that, he was a leader in strategic planning, sustainable design and construction, and project management at M.A. Mortenson Company. Previously he held project management roles with Oki Developments and Bechtel Corporation. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds an MS from the University of California and a BS from the University of Washington.

Drew Porter - Drew joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2008, and works with all program areas on issues relating to grant making, investments, advocacy activities, corporate governance, and tax compliance. Prior to that, Drew was an attorney at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, where he counseled clients regarding the organization and operation of tax-exempt entities. He also served as Tax Counsel to a senior member of the Ways & Means Committee of the US House of Representatives. Drew holds a law degree from Columbia University and a Masters of Law in Taxation from Georgetown University, and gradutaed from the University of Washington. He lives with his family on Capitol Hill.

Frank Alvarado - Frank's banking career started in 2003 after graduating from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Serving as a provider of financial services, Frank has helped his community by offering trusted banking advice and solutions. The result is the creation of relationships with clients who continue to do business with Frank to this day. As a resident of and employee in the vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood, he has given back by donating his time, talent and treasure. Frank's affiliations include the following organizations: Community Lunch on Capitol Hill, Flying House Productions, Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Seattle Business Association and Capitol Hill Housing.

Paige Chapel - Paige is President of Aeris, which supports investment in community development financial institutions (CDFIs). She has worked in community development and finance for more than three decades. She co-founded ShoreBank Advisory Services and served as co-CEO beginning in 1991. During her tenure, she led several of the company's largest development banking assignments. Paige went on to establish the loan production offices and national deposit-raising efforts of ShoreBank Pacific, a federally regulated rural development bank. In 1999, Paige launched a national consulting practice focused on market-based strategies and innovations in development finance.

Dana Behar - Dana leads Discovery Bay, investing primarily in real estate. Prior to Discovery Bay, he was President and CEO of HAL Real Estate Investments for 23 years, where he acquired and/or developed residential, office, and retail properties valued at $1 billion and generated a cumulative return on equity in excess of 20%. Prior to HAL, he led several start-up companies. Dana has a BA in Business from the University of Washington, an MBA from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania, and an AMDP from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Dana serves on the boards of Forterra and the Samis Foundation. He has served on the downtown Seattle Design Review Board, the Seattle Landmarks Board, and the Development Committee of Historic Seattle.

Rachel Ben-Shmuel - Rachel recently retired from Vulcan Real Estate, where she had been a Senior Project Manager since 2005. Prior to that, she managed permitting for the Seattle Monorail Project. From 1990 to 2002, Rachel led a consulting practice that provided land use advice, government relations support and permit management to attorneys, developers, architects and local governments. She was executive director of the Seattle Planning Commission from 1984 to 1988, during which time the Commission developed a model for neighborhood planning and citizen involvement in the budget process that is still in use today. Rachel holds a BA in history from the University of Wisconsin and an MA in Russian area studies from the University of Washington.

Paul Breckenridge - Paul founded BCS in 2007 to help bridge the gap between the organizations that provide tax credit capital and the developers and service agencies that utilize that capital. Prior to starting BCS, Paul served as the Western Region Director for Enterprise Community Investment's Structured Finance Department. At Enterprise, Paul managed over $160 million in NMTC and Low Income Housing Tax Credit investment throughout the western US. Paul previously worked as a developer at the Low Income Housing Institute. Paul is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in Jamaica from 1997-1999. Paul holds an MBA from the University of Washington, and a BS from Willamette University.

Elizabeth Dunn - Liz has owned real estate development company Dunn & Hobbes LLC since 1997. Prior to that, she worked on software engineering and product development at Microsoft and DreamWorks Interactive, and as an independent consultant to several software and media clients. Liz has served on the Mayor's Green Building Task Force, the Cultural Overlay District Advisory Committee and the Pike-Pine Urban Neighborhood Coalition, and is the Consulting Director of the Preservation Green Lab for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Liz holds a BMath in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from INSEAD and has completed graduate coursework in urban policy and sustainability.

Bob Fikso - Bob is a founding principal of Fikso Kretschmer Smith Dixon Ormseth, lawyers focusing on real estate and real estate finance transactions. Bob represents developers, homebuilders, and investors. He also is general counsel for closely held businesses. Before organizing FKSDO in 1995, Bob was a principal in Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson. Bob is Trustee and Secretary of Lucky Seven Foundation. Previously he served on the advisory board of Meredith Mathews East Madison YMCA, and was a director of Open Adoption & Family Services, a Portland-based adoption agency, and Center on Contemporary Art (COCA). He is a 1981 graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, and a 1978 graduate in history from Stanford University. Bob is a lifelong Seattleite, has three college-age children, and resides with his partner in Leschi.

Michael Malone - Michael has been involved in real estate development since the early 1980s. Today he is known for his focus on historic preservation and growth in the Pike/Pine Neighborhood. He founded AEI Music Network Inc. in 1971 and built it into the world's leading multi-national music programming and distribution company before selling it in 2001. Always passionate about preserving Seattle's historic architecture, he bought and renovated the Sorrento Hotel in 1981. Michael has served on many boards and commissions including PONCHO (Patrons of Northwest Charitable Organization), the University of Washington TYEE Board of Advisors, the Seattle Police Foundation, and the National Council of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Barbara "b.g." Nabors-Glass - Barbara joined Seattle Goodwill in 2004, having spent her career serving and giving voice to people who are usually left out of the conversation. In her current role, b.g. oversees all aspects of Goodwill's mission services. She has consistently increased the number of people served by Seattle Goodwill, and she developed all aspects of the Job Training and Education Programs. Prior to Goodwill, b.g. was with Seattle Housing Authority, developing, implementing and securing funding for the Housing Continuum Program for foster youth. b.g. is a member of the National Association of Community Organizers and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Alice Quaintance - Alice has been a resident of Capitol Hill since 1976. She has worked over 30 years in housing and housing related issues, including as general contractor, assistant director of an emergency shelter, director of a hygiene and meal program for homeless people, senior policy analyst for Gambrell Urban, principal for AND Research (specializing in housing policy), and controller for a small housing agency. She was most recently with Manufactured Housing Community Preservationists. Alice holds an MA in urban social geography from the University of Washington, where she was the recipient of the Edward Ullman award for research excellence.

Derrick Belgarde – Derrick has been a resident of Capitol Hill since 2011. He is currently the program director for Chief Seattle Club, a day-center that serves urban Native American’s. Prior to that, he worked for El Centro de la Raza as a food bank & hot meal coordinator as well as a job developer. Derrick also resides on the Affordable Housing Advisory Board (AHAB). He completed his undergraduate from Seattle University (SU) in 2013 with high honors in public affairs, and when on to complete his master’s in public administration in 2015 at SU.

Eric Snow – Eric is currently COO/CTO for The Fresh Toast, a new media startup. Prior to that served in national leadership roles for the American Heart Association, including COO and other strategic planning positions. Eric has been a resident of Capitol Hill for nearly 10 years and a Seattle resident his whole life. He has extensive nonprofit board experience including as President of the Board of Lifelong. He serves currently as President of Coyote Central. He brings over 25 years’ experience in technology and operations leadership and has a proven track record of leading organizations through major change initiatives. Eric is a graduate of the University of Washington with a BA in Economics and lives with his husband and two children in north Capitol Hill.
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