Meet a New Board Member: Erika North
The Pomegranate Center has had a busy spring: in addition to moving offices and introducing our newest program, the Institute for Everyday Democracy, we’ve double our Board, adding four dynamic new members. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll introduce them all here, starting with Board Secretary Erika North.
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 the skills necessary to succeed in Community Management that include annual and long-term budgeting, contract negotiating, project management, public relations, and communication skills.
How did you first hear about Pomegranate Center and get involved with our work?
I met Milenko when we approached him for help with renovating our Issaquah Highlands Ashland Park that he designed 20 years ago.
Why did you decide to join the Board?
After meeting and working with Milenko, I was inspired to help promote the organization anyway I could. I met Eric at the 30-year anniversary party in February 2017 and contacted him afterwards about ways I could help. He suggested joining the Board, so here I am.
What does community mean to you?
A community can simply be described as a group of people who reside in a certain locality. But to me it means building camaraderie among those people as a result of sharing common or different attitudes, interests, and goals by bringing those people together for social events, i.e. various club meetings, parties, concerts, festivals, or any other type of community “get-togethers.” Social media takes a lot away from socializing these days and I truly believe it is necessary for people to have venues where they can meet and mingle and get to know one another. This bonding is what can build a strong, cohesive community environment.