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Meet a New Board Member: Kim Beach

Our newest Board Member and Treasurer, Kim Beach, brings decades of financial and operations management experience to the Board, along with an energetic and pragmatic leadership style.

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. Kim has spent the past six years enjoying a lovely retirement: living in London, traveling extensively, and pursuing her passions for yoga, walking/hiking, beautiful places, gardens, and food. Presently, she lives with her husband of nearly 37 years in Bellevue where they raised our son and daughter.

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Meet a New Board Member: Jenny Calhoun

Jenny Calhoun is committed to improving organizations and society by facilitating authentic human connection. In her current position as Manager of Learning and Organizational Development at the 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 nonprofit, 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.

 

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Meet a New Board Member: 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.

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The Institute for Everyday Democracy: Strengthening Collaborative Intelligence

In November of 2016, Pomegranate Center and I became reflective about our country’s fractured state and how our work and mission should evolve to address it. What came out of our conversations and planning is a natural extension of the work we’ve already been doing for thirty years: determining the best ways people can work together to improve our communities.

Since retiring from the role of Executive Director, I’ve had the opportunity to spend more time engaging with the Pomegranate community through thoughtful conversations, which have in turn inspired me to focus more on thinking and writing. I’ve been fortunate to spend the last three decades doing the hands-on work of collaborative community building with Pomegranate Center, and now I plan to take that experience and focus on the invisible work that is so critical for our world now, what I call the work of “everyday democracy.”

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