Andrea Owner - Vice President
With 20 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 joined Plymouth Housing Group in 2012 as the Director of Property Management and now serves as the Chief Operating Officer, overseeing more than 100 staff, managing operations for approximately 1000 units of supportive housing (mainly formerly homeless). 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. Andrea has been involved in the community for many years particularly around housing options for high-risk young adults and those exiting the foster care system, and served on the Board of Rainier Avenue Church. She graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a BS in sociology. 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, providing supportive housing for 83 households.
Matthew Curry - Board Secretary
Originally a kid growing up on Queen Anne Hill, Matt remembers the days when South Lake Union draws were Denny’s, Jafco, Athletic Awards, and the Washington Natural Gas blue flame. He has made it his life’s work to get people talking and achieving. Through work in mass communication up and down the west coast, to his current role as Operations Manager for the University of Washington School of Medicine here in South Lake Union, Matt takes a keen interest in the development of the neighborhood as a place that supports both residents and workforce members. We all share an interest in making SLU a welcoming and inviting location that takes advantage of our geographic ‘centralness’ to offer a home, neighborhood and destination for both work and play. Toward that end Matt builds on his MPA from the UW Evans School to partner with neighborhood members, neighboring community groups and staff and electeds at the city, county, state and federal levels to promote shared interests. With the Community Council’s established role representing this neighborhood with the City of Seattle, Matt believes we can have an impact in furthering these goals. In addition to his Secretary role, Matt also chairs the Policy & Planning Committee.
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 - President
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scott Rusch is Vice President of Facilities and Operations at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Scott has been at the center since 1990 and has been involved in all aspects of the planning, design, construction and the operations of the 15 acre, 1.5M GSF campus in Seattle. Scott also led the planning and construction of Hutch facilities in Cape Town, South Africa (10,000 GSF of laboratory space) and Kampala, Uganda (25,000 GSF of clinic and laboratory space). Scott is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.
Shkëlqim Kelmendi is a Manager at the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) and over sees policy and strategic initiatives. SHA is an organization that fosters stability and increases self-sufficiency for individuals with low incomes. Prior to joining the Seattle community, he worked with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and the U.S. Department of Labor in Dallas, Texas. Throughout his career Kelmendi has been actively involved in his local community. He currently serves on the Board of the South Lake Union Community Council, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network, and is a Commissioner on the Seattle Human Rights Commission. Kelmendi is a member of the Leadership Tomorrow Class of 2018. In Dallas, he served on the City of Dallas Community Development Commission, where he chaired the Economic Development and the Housing and HOME Programs Committee, and participated on the Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty. He also served on the Board of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Young Professionals and Dallas CASA Young Professionals. As an Albanian-American who immigrated to the United States as a refugee in 1999, Kelmendi has been an advocate for the rights of immigrants and refugees. In 2015, Kelmendi founded the Dallas Young Albanian Professionals organization. Kelmendi currently lives in the South Lake Union neighborhood with his wife Tereas and their new puppy, Sarah.
James B. Notkin