Board & Governance

Organizational Charter (updated 2011)
Rules & Regulations (last amended August 2017)
Budget Summary (updated 2018)

Board materials

Board members

Robert Schwartz, Chair - Associate Vice President, Facilities, Seattle University

Shalimar Gonzales, Vice Chair - Executive Director, West Seattle & Fauntleroy YMCA

Frank Alvarado, Treasurer - Vice President, HomeStreet Bank

Derrick Belgarde, Secretary - Deputy Director, Chief Seattle Club

Catherine Hillenbrand, Immediate Past Chair - Community Volunteer

Dana Behar - Owner, Discovery Bay Investments

Rachel Ben-Shmuel - Vulcan Real Estate (retired)

Paul Breckenridge - Owner, Breckenridge Consulting Services

Sara Cubillos - Emerging Leader Fellow – Strategic Advisor, Seattle Public Utilities

Bob Fikso - Principal, Fikso Kretschmer Smith Dixon Ormseth

Chasten Fulbright - Founding Principal, Blanton Turner

Michael Malone - Principal, Hunters Capital

Barbara "b.g." Nabors-Glass - Vice President, Job Training & Education, Seattle Goodwill

Eric Snow - COO/CTO, The Fresh Toast

Selomé Teshome - Insurance and Financial Services Agent, State Farm

Drew Porter, on leave of absence - Associate General Counsel, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Robert Schwartz - Robert has provided facility management and capitol project development for Seattle University since 2010. Prior to that, he was a leader in strategic planning, sustainable design and construction, and project management at M.A. Mortenson Company. Previously he held project management roles with Oki Developments and Bechtel Corporation. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds an MS from the University of California and a BS from the University of Washington.

Shalimar Gonzales - Shalimar is a fourteen-year YMCA professional who started her career working in arts-based youth programs. Shalimar is the current Executive Director of the West Seattle & Fauntleroy YMCA. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the Meredith Mathews East Madison YMCA. In her 3 years in the role she established several new lines of business for the YMCA, resulting in nearly $2 million in new revenue. She is engaged at an Association level in multicultural leadership development, board development, and diversity, inclusion, and global capacity building. Prior to this she was the Association Director of Membership Growth and Development at the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. While there, Shalimar developed Association-wide best practices and spearheaded large-scale marketing and promotional plans for the Association’s 23 branches, guiding staff in meeting operational goals. Shalimar is the immediate past chair of Y-USA’s Multicultural Advisory Committee and past chair of Y-USA’s LGBT Employee Resource Network. She serves as a standing member of the YMCA’s National Diversity and Inclusion Council. She is a mentor with Y-USA’s Multicultural Mentoring Program (MMP) and a graduate of the Multicultural Executive Development Institute (MEDI). She is a member of the Seattle taskforce for My Brother’s Keeper. An avid athlete, Shalimar regularly competes in the CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting competitions.

Frank Alvarado - Frank's banking career started in 2003 after graduating from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Serving as a provider of financial services, Frank has helped his community by offering trusted banking advice and solutions. The result is the creation of relationships with clients who continue to do business with Frank to this day. As a resident of and employee in the vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood, he has given back by donating his time, talent and treasure. Frank's affiliations include the following organizations: Community Lunch on Capitol Hill, Flying House Productions, Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Seattle Business Association and Capitol Hill Housing.

Derrick Belgarde – Derrick has been a resident of Capitol Hill since 2011. He is currently the program director for Chief Seattle Club, a day-center that serves urban Native American’s. Prior to that, he worked for El Centro de la Raza as a food bank & hot meal coordinator as well as a job developer. Derrick also resides on the Affordable Housing Advisory Board (AHAB). He completed his undergraduate from Seattle University (SU) in 2013 with high honors in public affairs, and went on to complete his master’s in public administration in 2015 at SU.

Catherine Hillenbrand - Cathy is a 45 year resident of Capitol Hill. She has had several businesses on the Hill including the Comet Tavern and the Real Comet Press. After 30 plus years in the Stevens neighborhood, she and her husband are resident owners of the DuBois Apartments near Seattle Central College. Cathy chaired the Steering Committee of the Capitol Hill Champion, a joint venture of the Community Council and the Chamber of Commerce, formed to implement our community's vision for the redevelopment above the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station. Cathy is a graduate of Duke University and holds a JD from the University of Washington.

Dana Behar - Dana leads Discovery Bay, investing primarily in real estate. Prior to Discovery Bay, he was President and CEO of HAL Real Estate Investments for 23 years, where he acquired and/or developed residential, office, and retail properties valued at $1 billion and generated a cumulative return on equity in excess of 20%. Prior to HAL, he led several start-up companies. Dana has a BA in Business from the University of Washington, an MBA from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania, and an AMDP from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Dana serves on the boards of Forterra and the Samis Foundation. He has served on the downtown Seattle Design Review Board, the Seattle Landmarks Board, and the Development Committee of Historic Seattle.

Rachel Ben-Shmuel - Rachel recently retired from Vulcan Real Estate, where she had been a Senior Project Manager since 2005. Prior to that, she managed permitting for the Seattle Monorail Project. From 1990 to 2002, Rachel led a consulting practice that provided land use advice, government relations support and permit management to attorneys, developers, architects and local governments. She was executive director of the Seattle Planning Commission from 1984 to 1988, during which time the Commission developed a model for neighborhood planning and citizen involvement in the budget process that is still in use today. Rachel has been a member of the City of Seattle Transportation Levy Oversight Committee since 2016. She holds a BA in history from the University of Wisconsin and an MA in Russian area studies from the University of Washington.

Paul Breckenridge - Paul founded BCS in 2007 to help bridge the gap between the organizations that provide tax credit capital and the developers and service agencies that utilize that capital. Prior to starting BCS, Paul served as the Western Region Director for Enterprise Community Investment's Structured Finance Department. At Enterprise, Paul managed over $160 million in NMTC and Low Income Housing Tax Credit investment throughout the western US. Paul previously worked as a developer at the Low Income Housing Institute. Paul is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in Jamaica from 1997-1999. Paul holds an MBA from the University of Washington, and a BS from Willamette University.

Sara Cubillos - Sara is a Strategic Advisor for Seattle Public Utilities with their Drainage and Wastewater Planning Division. Her career has focused on bringing a voice to those most affected and traditionally underrepresented into environmental decision making and investments. Before Seattle Public Utilities, she was the Equity & Environment Program Coordinator at Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment. Sara holds a BA in Public Affairs from Seattle University and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Washington, specializing in Real Estate and a certificate in Historic Preservation. She has been a Capitol Hill resident for nine years.

Bob Fikso - Bob is a founding principal of Fikso Kretschmer Smith Dixon Ormseth, lawyers focusing on real estate and real estate finance transactions. Bob represents developers, homebuilders, and investors. He also is general counsel for closely held businesses. Before organizing FKSDO in 1995, Bob was a principal in Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson. Bob is Trustee and Secretary of Lucky Seven Foundation. Previously he served on the advisory board of Meredith Mathews East Madison YMCA, and was a director of Open Adoption & Family Services, a Portland-based adoption agency, and Center on Contemporary Art (COCA). He is a 1981 graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, and a 1978 graduate in history from Stanford University. Bob is a lifelong Seattleite, has three college-age children, and resides with his partner in Leschi.

Chasten Fulbright - Chasten has been engaged in the Capitol Hill community for over 20 years, leading a homeless ministry from 1995 to 1998, managing 30+ buildings, and calling it home for many of those years. With over fifteen years of experience in real estate management, Chasten is a founding Principal and “Creative Innovator” at Blanton Turner, where he oversees predevelopment consulting, marketing, and real estate operations for approximately half of the portfolio. Prior to that, Chasten was a Portfolio Manager and Marketing Director at Lorig Management Services, VP at Wilkinson Asset Management, and Operations Director at Darco, Inc. Chasten has served as President of the local chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and currently serves on the Broadway BIA Board as well as the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict and Property Management Committee at CHH. Originally from Montana, he is a Certified Property Manager (CPM) with a degree in Biblical Literature from Northwest University in Kirkland.

Michael Malone - Michael has been involved in real estate development since the early 1980s. Today he is known for his focus on historic preservation and growth in the Pike/Pine Neighborhood. He founded AEI Music Network Inc. in 1971 and built it into the world's leading multi-national music programming and distribution company before selling it in 2001. Always passionate about preserving Seattle's historic architecture, he bought and renovated the Sorrento Hotel in 1981. Michael has served on many boards and commissions including PONCHO (Patrons of Northwest Charitable Organization), the University of Washington TYEE Board of Advisors, the Seattle Police Foundation, and the National Council of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Barbara "b.g." Nabors-Glass - Barbara joined Seattle Goodwill in 2004, having spent her career serving and giving voice to people who are usually left out of the conversation. In her current role, b.g. oversees all aspects of Goodwill's mission services. She has consistently increased the number of people served by Seattle Goodwill, and she developed all aspects of the Job Training and Education Programs. Prior to Goodwill, b.g. was with Seattle Housing Authority, developing, implementing and securing funding for the Housing Continuum Program for foster youth. b.g. is a member of the National Association of Community Organizers and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Eric Snow – Eric is currently COO/CTO for The Fresh Toast, a new media startup. Prior to that served in national leadership roles for the American Heart Association, including COO and other strategic planning positions. Eric has been a resident of Capitol Hill for nearly 10 years and a Seattle resident his whole life. He has extensive nonprofit board experience including as President of the Board of Lifelong. He serves currently as President of Coyote Central. He brings over 25 years’ experience in technology and operations leadership and has a proven track record of leading organizations through major change initiatives. Eric is a graduate of the University of Washington with a BA in Economics and lives with his husband and two children in north Capitol Hill.

Drew Porter - Drew joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2008, and works with all program areas on issues relating to grant making, investments, advocacy activities, corporate governance, and tax compliance. Prior to that, Drew was an attorney at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, where he counseled clients regarding the organization and operation of tax-exempt entities. He also served as Tax Counsel to a senior member of the Ways & Means Committee of the US House of Representatives. Drew holds a law degree from Columbia University and a Masters of Law in Taxation from Georgetown University, and graduated from the University of Washington. He lives with his family on Capitol Hill.
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