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Oct 17, 2017

Washington State University

Lisa Calvert, a development and fundraising expert with more than 30 years of experience, has been named vice president for advancement at Washington State University and CEO of the WSU Foundation. She starts Oct. 25, and will be WSU's chief fundraising officer. She was vice chancellor for institutional advancement and COO of the foundation for Texas Tech University System, and also worked at Purdue University and Creighton University. She replaces Gil Picciotto.

Northwest Access Fund

Northwest Access Fund will give out its annual awards Nov. 2 at Bell Harbor Conference Center. The winners are: Innovation Award, Anat Caspi of Taskar Center; Best Practices Award, Edmonds Theater (small business) and Microsoft (large business); Recreational Engagement Award, Cody Goldberg of Harper's Playground in Oregon; Frances Pennell Economic Opportunity Award, Do-It; and Ron Adams Outstanding Advocate Award, Conrad Reynoldson. The group promotes access to technology and economic opportunity for people with disabilities.

Oct 13, 2017

Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt


Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt named Graciela Gomez Cowger as its first CEO, which is a new position for the firm. She is the first woman to lead Schwabe, and one of just a few Latinas to lead a U.S. law firm. The change comes after 16 years of shared leadership by Managing Partner Mark Long and President David Bartz, Jr.

Hoedemaker Pfeiffer Gallery

Hoedemaker Pfeiffer Gallery is opening in Georgetown at 6109 13th Ave. S. The first exhibit is a group show with work by Kim Van Someren and Ellen Ziegler. Hoedemaker Pfeiffer is a design studio led by Steve Hoedemaker and Tim Pfeiffer focused on architecture, interiors and landscape.

Flying Fish Partners

Heather Redman, co-founder and managing partner of Seattle-based Flying Fish Partners venture capital firm, has joined the Washington State University Board of Regents, replacing Laura Jennings. Redman will serve until Sept. 30, 2021.

Oct 12, 2017

Stokes Lawrence

Stokes Lawrence is expanding its real estate practice with attorneys Erin Howshar, Serena Sayani, Julia Osher Clark and David Rubenstein, and paralegals Sarah Prodzinksi and Kay Brittain. They were with McNaul Ebel Nawrot & Helgren. Howshar and Sayani will lead the team. Both have worked on cross-border transactions and REIT formations, and complex property transactions across the United States. The firm has offices in Seattle and Yakima.

Impel NeuroPharma

Impel NeuroPharma, a Seattle biotech company, named Jon Congleton president and CEO. Impel develops intranasal drug treatments for central nervous system disorders. He was president and CEO of Nivalis Therapeutics. The firm's co-founder and interim CEO, John Hoekman, will remain as executive vice president and chief scientific officer.

Oct 11, 2017

Marten Law

Marten Law said Sarah Dennison-Leonard has joined the firm as a partner in Portland. Her practice focuses on complex commercial and regulatory transactions, particularly related to energy. Sarah Peterson joins the firm as an associate in San Francisco. Her practice focuses on litigation, permitting and counseling on environmental, energy, natural resources, land use and product law.


SportsArt has promoted Ivo Grossi from executive vice president to CEO of the Americas. Ivo has domestic and international executive experience in the fitness, health and wellness industry, including at Technogym, Peak Pilates and Sensoria Fitness. SportsArt's new line of cardio equipment will include a treadmill that harvests energy generated by users and feeds it into the grid.

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