The Alliance for Pioneer Square


Lisa Howard

Executive Director

As the team member with the most seniority, Lisa has worn many hats on behalf of Pioneer Square. In her current role as Chief Operating Officer of the Alliance, she oversees the brand, message, and marketing of the neighborhood; our internal systems from communication to finance; and steps into issues that need to be handled NOW. A true team and utility player, you will see her handling everything from board meetings to communication with City Council and the press.

E-mail: Lisa[AT]
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.

E-mail: Nikki[AT]
Phone: (206) 667-0687 Ext. 104

Liz Stenning

Public Realm 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 Public Realm Director. A friendly and familiar face in the neighborhood, Liz is all about ongoing improvements to our public realm from curb cuts to crosswalks.

E-mail: Liz[AT]
Phone: (206) 667-0687 Ext. 106

Karen True

Director of Business 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.

E-mail: Karen[AT]
Phone: (206) 667-0687 Ext. 103

Sara Pizzo

Public Realm Manager

Sara tackles projects that improves the streets, parks, and public spaces in Pioneer Square. 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 whenever she can.

E-mail: Sara[AT]
Phone: (206) 667-0687 Ext. 107


Contact Us

Alliance for Pioneer Square
310 1st Ave S, Suite 201
Seattle, WA
Phone: (206) 667-0687

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