Lisa Howard, Executive Director
Lisa has worn many hats on behalf of Pioneer Square. In her current role as Executive Director of the Alliance, she leads a collaborative team focused on business development, advocacy, and public realm improvement. Lisa uses her strong relationships with city leaders and key organizations to advocate for the neighborhood and the issues that impact Pioneer Square at the city, county, and state levels. From long term goals and planning to issues that need to be handled NOW, Lisa is a true team and utility player.
Phone: (206) 667-0687 Ext. 102
Nikki Somers, Office Manager
Along with her deep liaisons in the neighborhood, Office Manager Nikki Somers brings organization and order to our team. Nikki manages our data, information, and financial systems. She’s part of our outreach to businesses, assists with events, and generally rolls up her sleeves and pitches in. Have a question? Chances are Nikki will have the answer.
Phone: (206) 667-0687 Ext. 104
Liz Stenning, Deputy Director
Pioneer Square has an unprecedented number of projects impacting the public realm: reclaiming alleys, redesigning streets and parks, fixing curbs and medians, waterfront, parking, and bike lanes. All this and more are all-in-a-day’s work for Liz Stenning, our Deputy Director. A friendly and familiar face in the neighborhood, Liz is all about ongoing improvements to our public realm from curb cuts to crosswalks.
Phone: (206) 667-0687 Ext. 106
Karen True, Director of Business and Community Development
Karen True is the Director of Business Development for the Alliance for Pioneer Square. In our neighborhood, her approach to business development is the secret sauce. Part retail recruitment, part matchmaker, full-time community builder. Need to find the right space? Want to try a new concept? Need help with the Preservation Board or the Department of Planning & Development? Karen is the answer to your prayers. We are building a community in Pioneer Square. This “community first” approach wouldn’t work for every commercial district, but it’s the right combination for Pioneer Square.
Phone: (206) 667-0687 Ext. 103
Sara Pizzo, Public Realm Manager
Sara tackles projects that improves the streets, parks, and public spaces. She diligently works to enhance the streetscape, coordinate construction, and manage parking, along with anything else that is needed. Her efforts make the neighborhood a safer and cleaner place for everyone to enjoy and for businesses to thrive. She enjoys connecting with the community and building relationships.
Phone: (206) 667-0687 Ext. 107
Jennie Kovalcik, Communications Director
In her role as Communications Director at the Alliance for Pioneer Square, Jennie oversees the brand and marketing of the neighborhood. Focusing on experiential design, authenticity, and intentionality, Jennie uses storytelling to highlight the people that make this neighborhood so unique – including the work of her Alliance team members. From business openings to community meetings to construction updates, her job is to make sure the right information is out there engaging the right audience.
Phone: (206) 667-0687 Ext. 105
Chris Woodward, Marketing Manager
Chris implements the Alliance for Pioneer Square’s marketing and communication strategy. Chris utilizes a diversity and equity lens to tell the Pioneer Square community’s story through various digital and print communication channels. Chris honors the authenticity that Pioneer Square exudes by finding innovative approaches to amplify the neighborhood’s ethos.
Phone: (206) 667-0687 Ext. 101