Staff

Get to know the people behind our places!

Curious as to what type of preservationist you are? Take the quiz to find out!

Kji Kelly | Executive Director       

Type of Preservationist: Accidental

Favorite Place in Seattle: Lake Union

Best Part of My Job: Working on a team of like-minded individuals, all with the common purpose of making Seattle a better place to live through preservation.

Eugenia Woo | Director of Preservation Services

Type of Preservationist: Vocal

Favorite Place in Seattle: The Space Needle

Best Part of My Job: Working with individuals and communities to help save historic places that matter!

Naomi West | Director of Philanthropy & EngagementNaomi West

Type of Preservationist: People

Favorite Place in Seattle: Elliott Bay Book Company

Best Part of My Job:  Getting to know the favorite places and local history of our many generous supporters!

Jane Davies | Director of Finance & Administration

Type of Preservationist: People

Favorite Place in Seattle: Any park near the water

Best Part of My Job: Every day, I get to enjoy collaborating with my fun, smart, dedicated co-workers.

David McClain

David McClain | Director of Real Estate

Type of Preservationist: Classic

Favorite Place in Seattle: Ballard. Over the course of many years it has undergone a transformation from sleepy neighborhood to bustling commercial and artistic hub, and the revitalization of the historic district along Ballard Avenue has been a major contributing factor.

Best Part of My Job: The people, of course! Historic Seattle comprises a great team of talented individuals whose work is energized with a keen sense of purpose. 

Rachel Zabalza-Winn | Assistant Director of Philanthropy & Communications

Type of Preservationist: People

Favorite place in Seattle: MoPOP

Best part of my job: Getting to know everyone!

Robin Harris | Facilities Maintenance Manager

Type of Preservationist: People

Favorite Place in Seattle: Washington Hall – it has a rich culture and heritage in music that really resonates with me.

Best Part of My Job: Getting to learn more about the history of our city through historical spaces and the impacts that they have on our current lives

Jeff Murdock | Preservation Advocacy Manager

Type of Preservationist: Accidental

Favorite Place in Seattle: the Liberal Arts Quadrangle at UW

Best Part of My Job: Doing the work of historic preservation with other passionate colleagues while advocating for the places, humble or grand, that tell the stories of Seattle’s unique history.

Taelore Rhoden | Community Events Manager

Type of Preservationist: People

Favorite Place in Seattle: First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square

Best Part of My Job: Building community through experiences, partnerships, and story-telling. I am honored to be a part of the Historic Seattle team and look forward to getting to know Historic Seattle’s community members!

Matt Murray | Good Shepherd Center Building Operations Manager

Type of Preservationist: Classic

Favorite Place in Seattle: Pike Place Market. Growing up it was always an exciting place to visit, and as an adult it was a great place to go for lunch and hang out.

Best Part of My Job: The opportunity to work with a great group of people that are truly committed to preserving the historic buildings of Seattle, and the unique character of the neighborhoods throughout the city.

Lauren Gleim | Bookkeeper

Type of Preservationist: Green

Favorite Place in Seattle: Anywhere on the water

Best Part of My Job: Knowing that the small things I contribute to Historic Seattle make a big difference in our ability to sustainably preserve buildings

Tara Macdonald

Tara Macdonald Good Shepherd Center Lead Gardener

Type of Preservationist: Classic

Favorite Place in Seattle: Discovery Park

Best Parts of My Job: The constant and anticipated ongoing discovery of the plant collection and garden spaces; the history of the site; the community that chose to preserve it and enjoys it now; and my co-workers who passionately help to preserve the GSC and places like it.

Jeff HanselGood Shepherd Center Maintenance and Construction

Margaret JacksonGood Shepherd Center Custodian

Zoe Jane | Morale Manager

Type of Preservationist: People

Favorite Place in Seattle: Optimism Brewing, because they let me hang out inside to get out of the Seattle rain and sometimes name beers after dogs (HINT!)!

Best Part of My Job: Morning playtime with my favorite coworkers – what a team!

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