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Pomegranate Center Board of Directors

Joe Barrett

Joe Barrett, Board President
Joe oversees Vendaria’s global sales organization, which is responsible for establishing new manufacturer, retailer, and service company accounts, growing and servicing current accounts, and building strategic relationships with new and existing business partners. He brings over 20 years of highly relevant professional experience to his role at Vendaria, leveraging a rare blend of expertise in sales & marketing, ecommerce, corporate strategy, entrepreneurship, global management, and financial and analytical acumen – honed at the likes of Procter & Gamble, Harvard Business School, Alliance Consulting Group, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., Corbis, and a half-dozen venture and angel-funded Internet commerce start-ups where he was either a co-founder or CEO. Joe brings an “outside-in” methodology to all client opportunities, seeking to deliver the maximum benefit for Vendaria’s clients (and their customers and shoppers) based on an integrated view of markets, products, competitive dynamics, user experience rigor, profit and ROI considerations, available and advanced technologies, multi-channel opportunities, and client budgets.

 

Juan Calaf

Juan is a community-based architect/planner with more than 15 years of experience in community planning, participatory design, and green affordable housing development. He has engaged deeply in a variety of innovative community development projects, facilitating “end-user” participation to engage stakeholders as planners and problem-solvers for their future neighborhoods – from visioning, to documentation, to implementation. Juan has worked as a project manager, advocacy planner, group facilitator, and green technical assistance provider in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Puerto Rico. He believes one of his greatest strengths is in creating visual literacy tools that allow multiple stakeholders to understand and to participate in complex projects. Currently, he is a planner working on transit-oriented development planning with Sound Transit – Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority.

 

 

Joshua Curtis

As Partnerships Manager at the City of Seattle’s Office of the Waterfront, Joshua Curtis leads the development and management of real estate partnerships, public space operations, and public/private financing strategies essential to the success of the City’s waterfront improvement program. Prior to this, he helped create a private park management model for the Downtown Seattle Association that was named one of Seattle Magazine’s “Most Influential Projects of 2015.” He has also developed a $20 million residential and commercial energy efficiency program, served as Executive Director for a land use and transportation advocacy non-profit, managed the Fremont Solstice Parade and Fremont Sunday Market, and worked as a project manager for a real estate firm active in Seattle, Poland, and Sweden. Joshua was born and raised on Maui and moved to Seattle in 2001 after managing rural infrastructure and disaster mitigation projects for the Peace Corps-Dominican Republic. He has a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Washington.

 

Nina Milligan

Nina Milligan is the Communication Manager for Issaquah Highlands, the planned community of about 10,000 residents, including over 1M square feet of residential/commercial development. She recently served on the Issaquah City Council after eight years on Issaquah’s Urban Village Development Commission. Through both appointments, Nina worked on several land use actions, including very large and complex development agreements. She also served on the Citizens Advisory Group for the Rowley Property development agreement in Central Issaquah, laying the groundwork for the Central Issaquah Plan. Also in Issaquah Highlands, Nina chaired the legal review team for transiting the Highlands from the master developer to homeowner control and assisted in transiting Highlands Council from founder control to a community Board of Trustees. Nina also enjoyed a career in educational programming, bringing high-profile learning opportunities to primarily legal professionals across the US who worked in land use, energy, environment, and other governance issues. Nina’s love of architecture and place began at her family’s walk-in, summer residence, a small cabin among 20 others, on the south end of Whidbey Island. The tribal nature of summers there infuses her hopes and expectations for larger, less isolated communities. She fosters a deep love of PNW history and its enduring architectural treasures.

 

Dawn Bushnaq

We are currently looking for new board members who are excited about our mission, bring diverse perspectives, and who are willing to share their time, skills, and networks. The Board meets once a month and contributes strategic direction, fiscal oversight, and professional services in support of the organization. For more information, please email us at info@pomegranate.org.