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
Jessa Timmer, Deputy Director
As Deputy Director, Jessa navigates the many public and private investments in Pioneer Square’s public realm. Her extensive background in community engagement and organizational leadership is instrumental in building and maintaining relationships with a varied population of stakeholders. Through her work, Jessa champions what best supports and enhances the community’s experience of everyday life in the neighborhood’s public realm.
Phone: (206) 667-0687 Ext. 106
Karen True, Economic Development Director
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
Chris Woodward, Business Development Director
Chris implements the Alliance for Pioneer Square’s business development 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
Thembela Mavuso, Marketing Manager
Thembela serves as the Alliance’s Marketing Manager, applying creative marketing strategies to achieve its communication goals. From social media to marketing projects and advertising campaigns, Thembela chronicles Pioneer Square’s rich, vibrant culture highlighting the community’s history and development. Thembela’s passion is creating messaging that resonates and adds value to the neighborhood.
Phone: (206) 667-0687 Ext. 105