Pomegranate Center Board of Directors
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.
Kim Beach, Board Treasurer
Prior to an active and happy retirement Kim spent over 30 years as an executive and professional managing and overseeing finance, accounting and operations for a wide range of companies including: All Star Directories, Seattle Coffee Company, Todo, Capital Realty Corp, Nerco, and Ernst & Young.
Jenny is committed to improving organizations and society by facilitating authentic human connection. In her current position as Manager of Learning and Organizational Development at Seattle Colleges, she brings that commitment into how she designs and delivers professional development workshops for staff, faculty and administrators. During her 12 years of training and development experience in nonprofits, healthcare, and higher education, she has seen the positive effects of learning environments that honor all voices, invite people to be vulnerable, and encourage collaborative learning. Jenny’s understanding of the power of community came from her 6 years of living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It was there where she and her daughter experienced a way of living that honored the unique gifts that each community member, young and old, could provide. The community openly talked about issues it faced, and worked together to find a collective solution. Jenny deeply believes that it matters how communities are brought together to discuss and find solutions to their shared concerns. That’s why she was drawn to Pomegranate Center’s work. Their collaborative and inclusive approach didn’t just make sense to her, it felt like coming home to a deep knowing about how we should treat one another and work together, for the betterment of the whole community. Given Jenny’s educational background in Geography and Organizational Psychology, it’s not surprising she found her way to Pomegranate Center, where her love for place and effective civic engagement go hand in hand.
Catherine Calvert is Managing Director at VIA Architecture and leader of VIA’s Community Design Studio. With 29 years of experience in the design of churches, schools, and seniors’ facilities, Catherine brings broad experience serving community groups, non-profits, churches, and other clients with thoughtful, crafted design responses. Catherine’s project work has included tenant improvement projects, additions, and new construction of small-scale projects. She is knowledgeable about the challenges associated with building renovation and the issues associated with weaving new spaces into an existing architectural memory.
Catherine also provides leadership to VIA’s staff on issues of environmental sustainability and the incorporation of these principles in project work and in the day-to-day practice of the firm. Her most recent projects have focused on the integration of architectural and planning practice with agricultural projects, reflecting both a personal and professional interest in issues relating to local food supply and regional resilience.
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 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.
Erika North, Board Secretary
As Senior Community Manager of Issaquah Highlands Homeowners Association (IHCA), Erika is responsible for overseeing the budgeting, maintenance, homeowner compliance, and special projects of the Operations Department. Before joining the IHCA team 9 years ago, she spent time with several prominent Community Management Companies in the Seattle area managing portfolios of different properties including single family, condominium, and large scale community associations. The various jobs included working with developers through the project conception stage to the budgeting and building phases and on to transitioning the associations from developer control to homeowner control. Twenty-seven years in community management has given her the opportunity to hone skills necessary to succeed in Community Management that include annual and long-term budgeting, contract negotiating, project management, public relations, and communication skills.