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  People & Companies

Feb 21, 2018

Seattle Colleges

Rosa Peralta was appointed to a five-year term on the Seattle Colleges board of trustees. Peralta is an independent consultant working on civil rights, juvenile justice, community engagement, education and health care. She also serves on the boards of Latinx Health and TeamChild.


Steve Albertson is the first director of administration at KNKX, where he is overseeing human resources, finance, risk management and administrative functions. Albertson was director of instructor resource management at Xerox, and business development manager at RealNetworks. KNKX is a public radio station in Tacoma.


Snohomish County Council vice-chair Terry Ryan was elected president and Pierce County Councilmember Connie Ladenburg was named vice president of the Puget Sound Regional Council's Economic Development Board. Ryan also serves on the boards of other local transportation- and business-related organizations. Ladenburg has served on Tacoma City Council and was a state representative for the 29th Legislative District.

Feb 16, 2018



FareStart CEO Megan Karch will leave the organization to lead IslandWood environmental learning center on Bainbridge Island. Since joining FareStart in 2000, Karch helped expand the Adult Culinary Program and added the Youth Barista, Youth Culinary and Foodservice Apprenticeship programs. Craig Russell, a longtime FareStart board member, will serve as interim CEO. FareStart provides job training in the food industry.

Woodland Park Zoo



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New board members for Woodland Park Zoo are Amy Alcala, Anders Brown, Warren Brown, Bart Ricketts, Kimberly Sambrook and Pallavi Wahi. Alcala is director of global internal communications for operations at Amazon. Anders Brown is president of Valence Group tech consulting firm. Warren Brown is president of North Seattle College. Ricketts is CEO at Lease Crutcher Lewis. Sambrook volunteers at Make-A-Wish and Seattle Humane. Wahi is managing partner of K&L Gates LLP.

Washington PTAC

Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center opened an office on the 41st floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower. Kylene Peters is running the office, which assists WMBE firms to do business with the city of Seattle. Peters has worked with small- and medium-size businesses for over 15 years. Washington PTAC is managed by Thurston Economic Development Center.

Feb 15, 2018

Seattle Art Museum


Manish Engineer joined Seattle Art Museum as its first chief technology officer. Engineer was project director in the membership and development departments at The Museum of Modern Art. He also was IT associate director of applications at MoMA, and developed apps and e-books at Penguin Random House.


Exvere, a Seattle-based mergers and acquisitions firm, has launched Metis, a mergers and acquisitions advisory firm specializing in the Northwest hospitality, wine and alcoholic beverage industries. The Metis team is led by managing partner Erik McLaughlin, managing director Andy Steinman, associate Philippe Michel and analyst Jessica Leung. Metis has closed deals for Walla Walla Vintners, Firesteed Winery and Tamarack Cellars. It has offices in Seattle, Walla Walla and the Willamette Valley.

Columbia Bank

University of Washington Tacoma awarded the 2018 Corporate Gold Star Award to Columbia Bank for supporting UW Tacoma. The bank has contributed to funding and scholarships, and helped with construction of William W. Philip Hall, a major gathering spot on campus.

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