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Pomegranate Center Board of Directors

James Lauinger

James Lauinger
James is a former Mayor (2005-2009) and city council member (2001-2009) of Kirkland, WA. He previously served on Kirkland’s Planning Commission. Before joining government, he was the owner of Kirkland’s Woods Lakeshore Pharmacy and partner in Parkplace Books. He has served as both a board member and chair of the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce, Hopelink and Eastside Human Service Forum. James is one of 79 national recipients of the National Association for Community Leadership’s Distinguished Leader Award in 2000.

Joe Barrett

Joe Barrett
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.


Catherine Calvert
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.

Lynn Parker

Lynn Parker
Lynn Parker has been a supporter of Pomegranate Center for more than 15 years, having served on the board for three terms.  The collaboration model Pomegranate Center uses to address society’s problems holistically is something she believes in deeply.
In her professional life, Lynn has been an entrepreneur, a writer and a brand strategist.  For 19 years, Lynn was a principal at Parker LePla, Seattle’s leading brand strategy firm, and before that, worked at marketing agencies Regis McKenna and Floathe Johnson, and was a journalist at three papers.  Since selling her firm, she is Principal Strategist at GreenRubino, a full-service, integrated advertising agency.  Lynn is also a monthly columnist for the Puget Sound Business Journal, the author of four books on branding and entrepreneurship, and a speaker at national marketing conferences, including a Tedx talk on naming.  Lynn also serves on the board of The Forty and in the past, held board positions on the boards of the Entrepreneurs Organization, Simple Measures, and Camp Unalayee. Lynn has been married for 30 years to her husband, Larry, and is the parent of three boys:  Calvin, Tristan and Rowan.


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.


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