Meet the Board
The Alliance board of directors consists of a diverse mix of Pioneer Square professionals and residents.
Blanton Turner & BIA Ratepayer Board
Barry began his career in real estate management at Jennings & Co. Property Management in 1980 in Eugene, Oregon. Barry was offered a partnership in the firm in 1985, and by 1987 the firm had grown into a regional management firm with offices in Eugene, Salem and Lake Oswego, Oregon. In 1994, Barry formed Lorig Management Services (LMS), a Washington partnership between his Oregon firm and Lorig Associates, a Seattle-based real estate development company. Barry served as President of LMS until 2011, when he left to form his new firm, Blanton Turner.
Blanton Turner is a regional real estate management company led by Barry and his partners Heidi Turner, Chasten Fulbright, Alan Byars and Krista Janes-Blackburn. Blanton Turner has offices in Seattle and Eugene, Oregon. Blanton Turner specializes in the management of urban mixed-use properties, student housing properties, and provides consulting and marketing services for new developments and property lease-ups.
Barry served as the 2010 President of the Western Washington Chapter 27 of the Institute of Real Estate Management, and was named Chapter 27 Certified Property Manager of the Year for 2009. Barry has served on several industry and community Boards including Washington Rental Housing Industry Coalition, Washington Association of Realtors, Downtown Events Management/Eugene Celebration (Eugene), Jackson Street Corridor Association (Seattle), and Pioneer Square BIA (Seattle).
Martin Smith Inc
Ryan Smith is a Principal of Martin Smith Inc, a commercial real estate investment company specializing in office and industrial properties. With approximately 1.5 million square feet under ownership/management including over 200 tenants, Martin Smith Inc holds a leading position in the Northwest commercial real estate marketplace. He graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Business Administration and Finance. Ryan currently serves on the Board for The Alliance for Pioneer Square, a neighborhood non-profit focused on the economic development of Seattle oldest neighborhood. He also serves on the Metropolitan Improvement District (MID) Ratepayers Advisory Board, and is a past chair of the finance committee. In addition, he is a member of The Urban Land Institute, Young Leadership Group.
Leila Kirske is the Chief Financial Officer of Simply Measured – the leading social media analytics platform, providing complete measurement and reporting for serious marketers. Leila is responsible for finance, IT and other administrative operations. She has held financial executive roles at EMC Isilon, Varolii, Washington Mutual, and Bsquare. Leila has more than 25 years of experience driving finance, accounting and administrative activities in the technology and telephony industries. She began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and is a Certified Public Accountant. Leila holds a B.B.A. Degree from the University of Washington. Her interests include promoting local businesses, enabling technology start-ups and historic preservation.
Property Owner/Samis Land Co and BIA Ratepayer Board
Adam Hasson is the Senior Property Manager for Samis, a real estate company with 11 building in Pioneer Square. He is the co-chair of the Design Committee at the Alliance for Pioneer Square and former member of the Pioneer Square Preservation Board. His interests include urban design, promoting local retailers, alley activation and historic preservation.
Pioneer Square Resident
Jan Drago is an 18-year resident of Pioneer Square. She is a partner in Drago Associates, a business development company. She established, owned and operated four Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream Shoppes in the Seattle area. She is a graduate of Douglass College, Rutgers University. Jan served 16 years on Seattle City Council including two terms as Council President. Her committee chair responsibilities included Finance and Budget, Transportation, Business and Labor, Economic and Community Development, Land Use and Construction and Government Affairs. She also served one year on the Metro King County Council. Jan currently serves on the Alliance for Pioneer Square Board, Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau Board and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Board.
Hugh Holman is the CEO and co-founder of Seattle marketing validation startup Observa. Prior to starting Observa, Holman was Director of Strategic Initiatives for Savers, the world’s largest chain of for-profit thrift stores, the largest privately held employer headquartered in Washington, and the state’s 6th largest private company. Before that he was EVP & Chief Strategy Officer for Aqua Star; a Seattle headquartered global seafood company and the 20th largest private company in Washington State. Holman holds an MBA from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington and a Business Finance degree from the Albers School of Business at Seattle University. Holman has been a board member for the Alliance for Pioneer Square since the organization’s inception and served on the board of the Pioneer Square Community Association prior to that.
Pioneer Square Resident
Although not a Seattle native, Jen Kelly fell in love with Pioneer Square shortly after moving there in 2009. After living in the neighborhood for just a few months, she decided to start a blog called “The New Pioneer Square” that could show people the positive aspects of the neighborhood and help build a strong community of Pioneer Square residents. A few years later, she had a daughter, who is now a precocious toddler who loves the city, and helped Jen to get more involved in making Seattle a more family-friendly city. In 2014, she and her husband opened a fast-casual restaurant in Smith Tower, called SPROUT. She hopes to continue to be an activist for Pioneer Square, get residents more involved in facilitating change, and share the realities of living in Seattle’s first neighborhood.
Attorney, Microsoft Corporation
Azar is an attorney at Microsoft Corporation, where he provides legal support to the the company’s online advertising business. Prior to joining Microsoft, Azar was a corporate attorney at Cairncross & Hempelmann, P.S., a law firm located in Pioneer Square. Azar has been a resident of Pioneer Square for almost eight years and is passionate about advocating for the neighborhood’s residents and businesses. Azar received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.S. in Political Science from Northern Arizona University.
President, Union Gospel Mission
Jeff leads the Mission with a bold vision for Seattle and King County. He wants to see the broken hearts of the poor and homeless are healed. His relentless creativity energizes his team to accomplish this vision. Before coming to the Mission in 2010, Jeff was the Executive Director of Hume Lake Christian Camps in California. He managed a budget of $18 million and reached 45,000 campers each year.
General Counsel, Numera
Paul Swegle is currently General Counsel of Numera, Inc. and CEO of Ecrocruise Electric Transportation. He was previously General Counsel of ING DIRECT ShareBuilder and he is the Immediate Past President of the Bellevue College Foundation. Paul serves on the Executive Committee of the Corporate Counsel Section of the Washington State Bar Association and is the Immediate Past Chair of that organization. Prior to joining ShareBuilder, Paul was Director, Law at Seattle-based Plum Creek Timber. He began his career with the SEC’s Division of Enforcement and served two appointments as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. Paul later transferred to the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance where he reviewed IPOs and other corporate transactions. He holds a BA in political science from the University of Washington and received his law degree from the University of Washington School of Law.
Seattle Seahawks/First & Goal Inc
Ed Goines is General Counsel and Vice President of Government Affairs for the Seattle Seahawks and First & Goal Inc. He is responsible for administering corporate legal affairs and managing the organization’s government relations strategy. Ed graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Political Science before heading to UC Berkeley School of Law. He served many years as in house counsel in both Los Angeles and San Francisco for a number of Fortune 500 companies before moving to the Seattle area. Most recently before joining the Seahawks, Ed worked as Assistant Chief Counsel for The Walt Disney Company. He also served as General Counsel and Vice President of Business Affairs for the San Francisco 49ers from 2001-2007. Ed is a consensus-builder and is looking forward to helping to promote the growth and reach of local businesses.
Pioneer Square Resident
David is a Pioneer Square resident. Recently semi-retired, he currently engages in consulting services for agency management and maritime operations through his consulting firm, DM Consulting. Pre-retirement David served as the Assistant Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation, Ferries Division. He was responsible for the management of all aspects of the largest ferry system in the United States. In addition to the Alliance, David serves on the boards of Pioneer Human Services and Friends of the Waterfront. He is also an active member of the Pioneer Square Residents Council as a co-chair of the Safety and Security Committee.
Hudson Pacific Properties
Pioneer Square Resident
Resident & Business Owner
From 1990 until 1994, Mr. Royer served as Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University and as Lecturer at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Prior to his appointment at the Institute of Politics, Charles Royer served as Mayor of Seattle for twelve years. He was elected Mayor in 1977 following a career in newspaper and television journalism. During his three terms as Mayor, Mr. Royer became a national spokesman for American cities in housing, the arts, health care, energy, civil liberties, and the needs of children and youth. He served as President of the National League of Cities in 1983 and was named one of the top 20 American Mayors in 1988 by U. S. News and World Report. In 1989, Seattle was named one of the ten best-managed cities in the nation by Business Month Magazine and Mr. Royer received the 1989 Distinguished Urban Mayor Award from the National Urban Coalition. Charley was named the 2011 Downtown Champion at the Downtown Seattle Association 53rdAnnual Meeting in June 2011; the first time the award was bestowed on an individual. A resident of Pioneer Square, Charley is co-chair of the Alliance. He also serves on the Downtown Seattle Association Board of Trustees and on the Board of the Public Facilities District for Safeco Field.
President Daniels Real Estate
Kevin Daniels is the President of Nitze-Stagen &Co., Inc. and Daniels Real Estate Over the last few years his development team has received two National Preservation Awards and numerous local & state awards for their work. Recently he was named as the first recipient of the Urban Hero award from International Sustainability Institute, and received the Washington State Special Achievement Award and the Judge’s Choice Award from the National Association of Office & Industrial Properties for his work to save the historic First United Methodist Church in Seattle. The American Institute of Architects has made him an honorary member in Seattle for his body of work. Mr. Daniels serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Trust for Historic Preservation where he is vice-chair of the Preservation and Audit Committees. He also serves on the Board of Regents for Gonzaga University and is co-chair of the Alliance for Pioneer Square. Until recently he served on the board of the Gonzaga Business Forum that sponsors Seattle Trek’s annual luncheon and Gonzaga’s Annual Vintner Dinner & Auction in Seattle. Mr. Daniels serves on the boards of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and Historic Seattle as a board emeriti.