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Sep 09, 2020

Environmental Works


Jess Zimbabwe has been selected as executive director of Environmental Works, effective Oct. 26. Zimbabwe has an extensive background in design, planning and nonprofit management. She is currently the principal of Plot Strategies. She served for 10 years as the founding director of the Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership, a partnership of the National League of Cities and the Urban Land Institute. Before that, she led the Mayors' Institute on City Design, and was community design director at Urban Ecology in Oakland. She is on the boards of Next City, the National Main Street Center and Colloqate. An architect and city planner, she is a member of the urban planning faculties at Georgetown University and the University of Washington. Roger Tucker will be stepping down as executive director in December, after 23 years at Environmental Works (including 10 as executive director). His responsibilities as executive director will wind down this year, but he will continue to serve EW on a consulting basis.

Historic Seattle


Historic Seattle hired Taelore Rhoden as its community events manager. Rhoden is a Seattle native with 10 years of experience as an events industry professional, including as a podcast manager, small business consultant, marketing consultant and festival producer. She has worked with a diverse clientele, including Black, Indigenous and people of color-owned small businesses, visual and recording artists, nonprofits, technology companies and community organizations. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Pepperdine University. Historic Seattle is a public development authority the city established to preserve and protect Seattle's built heritage through restorations, education and advocacy.


Bellevue-based T-Mobile announced Project 10Million, an initiative aimed at delivering internet connectivity to millions of underserved student households at no cost to them. Partnering with school districts across the country, the program offers free wireless hotspots, free high-speed data and access to laptops and tablets, at-cost. The initiative's goal is to help every unconnected student in the U.S. get access to internet connectivity. The program is now live and available to school districts.

Dorsey & Whitney

International law firm Dorsey & Whitney has named corporate partner Lawrence Ward as head of the firm's Seattle office. Ward will replace Seattle office head and intellectual property partner Jennifer Spaith. Ward's practice focuses on U.S. national security law, and he is a former member of the U.S. State Department's Defense Trade Advisory Group. Dorsey has locations across the United States and in Canada, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region,

Broadmark Realty Capital

Broadmark Realty Capital, a commercial real estate finance company, has appointed Nevin Boparai executive vice president and chief legal officer. Boparai previously served as assistant general counsel, corporate and securities at Ventas, an S&P 500 healthcare real estate investment trust. He also served as managing director of Ventas Life Science and Healthcare Real Estate Fund, Previously, Boparai served as counsel, corporate transactions for Abbott Laboratories and as an associate with the law firm of Jones Day in Silicon Valley. Broadmark Realty Capital provides secured financing to fund the acquisition, renovation, rehabilitation or development of residential or commercial properties.

Unimark Construction


Seattle-based Unimark Construction hired Ross Peyton as director of business development. Prior to joining Unimark, Peyton held several high-profile roles in commercial real estate over 20-plus years: as associate director at CBRE; a broker for Colliers; general manager and director of leasing at Unico Properties; and senior leasing manager at Hudson Pacific Properties. Unimark is a commercial interiors general contractor that is expanding its footprint throughout Puget Sound.

Sep 04, 2020


Smartsheet, of Bellevue, announced that Rowan Trollope has been appointed to its board of directors. Trollope currently serves as CEO of Five9, a provider of cloud contact center software. Prior to Five9, Trollope was senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Applications Group. He also served as group president sales, marketing and product development at Symantec, where he was responsible for cloud security. Smartsheet is a cloud-based platform for work execution.


Seattle-based ExtraHop announced Reveal(x) has been selected as the three-time winner of the “Best AI-based Solution for CyberSecurity” award from AI Breakthrough, a market intelligence platform that recognizes the top companies, technologies and products in the artificial intelligence (AI) industry. AI Breakthrough evaluated over 2,000 nominations from companies all over the world. Reveal(x) applies cloud-based machine learning to all network traffic to provide visibility, real-time threat detection, and intelligent response. ExtraHop recently introduced the Reveal(x) 360 platform, powered by cloud-scale AI, which decrypts and analyzes all cloud and network traffic in real time.

Hohimer Wealth Management

Hohimer Wealth Management hired Mark Dederer in the newly created position of director, philanthropic services. Dederer will help individuals and businesses maximize giving strategies. Most recently, Dederer served as the executive director of the Biller Family Foundation. He previously served as senior vice president of community affairs for Wells Fargo in Washington, Oregon and Alaska, and as vice president of the Safeco Insurance Foundation. Hohimer Wealth Management is an investment advisor providing goals-based wealth management. They specialize in multi-generational wealth management for high net-worth families as well as designing and managing retirement plans for business owners.

Academy Mortgage

Producing branch manager Umar Gebril announced that Danny Meier has joined Academy Mortgage Eastlake as a producing branch manager. In this role, Meier will contribute to growth in production, recruiting and coaching of loan officers and other team members in the greater Seattle area. Meier has over 10 years of mortgage experience, and most recently, he was a loan originator for Homestreet,


BitTitan, the developer of MigrationWiz, has been recognized by Seattle Business magazine as a top company in the state of Washington, earning recognition in the magazine's annual 100 Best Companies to Work For awards program. The award, which published in the August issue of Seattle Business magazine, recognizes the leading companies in Washington that set the standard for work environment, rewards and recognition, benefits, communications, responsibility and decision-making, and executive leadership. BitTitan allows IT service professionals to deploy and manage cloud technologies through automation. MigrationWiz is a SaaS solution for mailbox, document, public-folder and Microsoft teams migrations. The company has offices in Seattle and Singapore.

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