Historic Seattle is governed by its Preservation and Development Authority Council and its Preservation Foundation Board.

Council members provide expertise in architecture, urban planning, real estate development, engineering, finance, non-profit management, and historic preservation. Four are appointed by the Seattle Mayor, four are elected by the Historic Seattle membership, and four are appointed by the Council itself.

Foundation Board members are committed philanthropists who support Historic Seattle’s mission to educate, advocate, and preserve, and help introduce others to historic preservation in our region.


Kate Krafft, Chair
Japhet Koteen, Vice Chair
Rick Sever, Secretary
Connie Walker Gray, Treasurer

Alyssa Alcantara
Mary McCumber
Pete Mills
Jeffrey Murdock
Mike Powe
Valerie Tran
Krista Whiters
David Yeaworth

Foundation Board

James Fearn, President
Rick Sever, Vice President
Michael Herschensohn, Ex Officio
Vernon Abelsen
Marvin Anderson
Kji Kelly (Historic Seattle’s Executive Director)
Marcia Wagoner