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Andrea Owner

With over 15 years of experience in non-profit housing and leadership in Seattle, Andrea brings a unique prospective and expertise to the SLU Community Council Board. She has previously served as Housing Director for the YMCA of Greater Seattle, where she provided regional leadership in housing programs for young adults, and oversaw a network of operations, and social services across King County.  She has also served at Bellwether Housing, providing leadership on the Property Management team for affordable workforce housing throughout Seattle. And now for the past four years as the Director of Property Management at Plymouth Housing Group, Andrea leads a department of 100 staff, managing operations for approximately 1000 units of supportive housing (mainly formerly homeless).  Andrea has been involved in the community for many years, serving as a member of the McKinney Vento Steering Committee, Co-Chair of the Committee to End Homeless Youth and Young Adult Committee, Chair of the King County Young Adult Housing Task Force, and on the Board of Rainier Avenue Church.Andrea  is proud to represent Plymouth Housing and its commitment to Seattle’s unique and vibrant neighborhoods –including South Lake Union. In 2000, Plymouth developed the David Colwell Apartments in the South Lake Union neighborhood on Yale Street.   The Colwell Apartments provides 124 units of affordable workforce housing.  The Pat Williams Apartments opened in 2013 on Pontius Avenue North.

Jerry Dinndorf
Jerry Dinndorf is the Seattle District Manager for the Associated General Contractors of Washington (AGC). AGC is the oldest and largest commercial construction trade association in the state of Washington, in existence for more than 80 years. It has nearly 600 member companies with over 30,000 employees. The chapter headquarters of AGC has been located in the South Lake Union neighborhood since 1970 in a building the Association constructed and own.

A long-term land owner, property manager, and advocate for its membership, the AGC has a strong interest in the health and vitality of the South Lake Union neighborhood and the City of Seattle. As Seattle District Manager Mr. Dinndorf's responsibilities include industry relations with local governments and a variety of membership support functions. He has over 30 years of experience in transportation and growth management planning and advocating for these issues.

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Lloyd Douglas
Cascade Neighborhood resident Lloyd Douglas is an active participant in the South Lake Union Community. A longtime neighborhood volunteer, Lloyd played an active role in crafting the South Lake Union Urban Design Framework.

He is a founding member of the Cascade Farmer's Market Committee, SLU Art Walk Committee and in 2009 was named Ambassador of the Year by the SLU Chamber of Commerce. He has also held board positions with other neighborhood organizations.

Kyle Ducey
Kyle Ducey is the Controller for W.G. Clark Construction Company. He is responsible for the company's financial activities and setting the financial policies of the organization. W.G. Clark is a general contractor with projects throughout the Greater Seattle Metropolitan Area. The company is located in South Lake Union and has been working with local clients for over 100 years. W.G. Clark relocated to South Lake Union in 1923 and has been an active part of the South Lake Union business community for the last 90 years. The company is committed to quality development in the South Lake Union neighborhood.

Kyle attended the University of Washington and received a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from the School of Architecture and a Bachelor of the Arts in Accounting from the School of Business. He is also a volunteer tax preparer for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, which serves low and moderate income persons, especially those 60 and older.

Phil Fujii
With over 25 years' experience in public policy, government projects and community relations, Phil Fuji has cultivated relationship with city executives and council members, business leaders and neighborhood groups and diverse communities. In both the public and private sectors, Phil has contributed to solving the complex issues surrounding major project impacts/mitigation, transportation, park facilities, public safety, human service needs and creative partnerships.

In 10 years with Vulcan, Inc., the former City of Seattle Urban Designer, Capital Projects Manager, Phil has supported many community priorities in South Lake Union including shaping a collaborative process that allowed for the creation of the Mercer Corridor Stakeholder Committee and the Uptown/SLU Mobility plan.


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Ben Grace







Jim Goodspeed
Jim Goodspeed is an architect and resident in South Lake Union. He started Goodspeed Architecture in 2012 to focus on urban character and community-based projects, small commercial design (including T.I.'s), and residential projects. Prior to forming his own practice, Jim's 18 years of experience includes working for notable designers such as Tom Kundig and Daniel Libeskind. While at LMN Architects he was the Project Designer for the award-winning Paccar Hall (UW's new business school). Jim's interest in South Lake Union is to help improve the design of the pedestrian experience, taking into consideration the ground level facades, streetscape, landscape and retail design. Such attention will improve walkability, security, commerce, and vibrancy in the neighborhood. He has worked with the community to develop the ideas as a former board member of the Lake Union Opportunity Alliance.

Erin Maher
With a background in resort development and a passion for regional place-making, Erin joined her partners in 2010 to open Row House Cafe in Seattle's Cascade neighborhood. The partners' interest in the hospitality industry led them to want to create an urban retail retreat featuring a small enclave of local businesses to serve the diverse residential population and emerging workforce in the South Lake Union.

Erin is a member of CAPO, a coalition formed to represent the interests of the underdeveloped family owned properties in the Cascade neighborhood relative to growth, livability and streetscape vitality. Erin owns The Maher Company, a real estate consultancy that advises developers, investors, lenders, and asset managers in the Northwest. The firm specializes in launching new developments, conducting strategic property and business turnarounds, and spearheading business development, marketing and public relations efforts to maximize financial performance for her client companies.

Mike McQuaid
A fourth-generation Seattleite, Mike is president of McQuaidUSA Strategic Communication in Seattle and serves in a variety of volunteer, civic leadership and advisory roles and speaks at area high schools helping teens set and pursue higher education and career goals and build their social interaction skills.  In 2009, Mike was appointed by Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels to the Seattle Sister Cities Coordinating Council. He also serves as a board member of the Seattle-Galway Sister City Association and Access Seattle Steering Committee, a City of Seattle advisory committee to examine Seattle streetscape/mobility funding. He also serves on the board of the national board Row For the Cure benefitting Susan G. Komen for the Cure, serves on the Chairman's Committee of the Auction of Washington Wines, Seattle Sports Commission's annual Sports Star of the Year Awards is active volunteer with the Washington Olympians Association and formerly served on the Advisory Committee to oversee and guide the City of Seattle's relationship with the Y@Cascade People's Center in Seattle's Cascade Neighborhood.

John Pehrson
John Pehrson has been a resident of the Downtown Seattle for 17 years, the first 11 in Belltown and the last 6 in South Lake Union. In Belltown he formed and led the Belltown Housing and Land Use Committee that followed housing, development and right of way issues, as well as being one of the architects of the 2006 downtown rezone and the Bell Street Park. Since moving to South Lake Union John was active in 2010 on the SLU Urban Design Framework team. He was a founding member and President of the Lake Union Opportunity Alliance that was active on the recent SLU rezone.  John's areas of passion include leadership in public education and local civic organizations. He served on the Bellevue School Board during the 1960's. He has served on the boards of the Washington State Principals Education Foundation, Pike Place Market Foundation, Center for Ethical Leadership, Antioch University Seattle, Mirabella Seattle Foundation, Asian Art Council of the Seattle Art Museum, Executive Service Corps of Washington, and UW Math, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) organization.

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