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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.


Also in Issaquah Highlands, Nina chaired the legal review team for transitioning the Highlands from the master developer to homeowner control and assisted in transitioning 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 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 love a deep of PNW history and its enduring architectural treasures.


How did you first hear about Pomegranate Center and get involved with our work?

As an engaged Issaquah Highlands resident, I learned about Pomegranate Center’s work in shaping that community.


Why did you decide to join the Board?

I want to bring Pomegranate Center’s philosophy deeper into my life and to contribute what I can to the special work the Center does in building communities.


What does community mean to you?

To me, community is the framework by which people (or other creatures!) relate to one another and find common objectives to share. The types and strengths of communities are wide-ranging. I am most interested in those whose physical proximity creates shared experiences and bonds over common objectives.