Leadership, Board & Financials

Executive team


Robert W. Davidson (Bob)
President & CEO 
(206) 693-6161 

Brad Rutherford
Chief Operating Officer
(206) 693-6268


Grant Abel
Director of Life Sciences
(206) 693-6233

Derek Baker 
Director of Strategic Initiatives & Government Affairs 
(206) 693-6293    

Susan Bullerdick, Ph.D.
Director of Capital Projects
(206) 693-6248

Rick Johnson
Director of Finance & Administration
(206) 693-6114

Tim Kuniholm 
Director of Public Affairs
(206) 386-4345

Erin Meyer, Ph.D.
Director of Conservation Programs & Partnerships
(206) 693-6099

Tom Nguyen
Director of Information Technology
(206) 693-6240

Jesse Phillips-Kress
Director of Facilities
(206) 693-6158

Veronica Smolen
Director of Human Resources 
(206) 693-6216

Rachael Weakland
VP of Philanthropy
(206) 693-6106

Jim Wharton, Ph.D.
Director of Conservation Engagement & Learning
(206) 693-6206

Kat Willson
Director of Marketing and Communications
(206) 693-6188

Board of directors



*Melissa Mager, conservationist and retired attorney

*Michael Guidon, Goldman Sachs
Vice Chair / Chair elect

*†Bob C. Donegan, Ivar’s, Inc.
Immediate past chair

*Karissa A. Marker, KPMG

*Erin J. Letey, Fox Rothschild LLP

**Robert W. Davidson
President & CEO

Jesús Aguirre, Seattle Parks and Recreation
Mike Anderson, Pay Northwest LLC
Kevin L. Blair, Washington Trust Bank
Andrew Bleiman, Tractive GmbH
**John R. Braden, retired, Seattle Aquarium
Duncan Butcher, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
Bill Chapin, NHL Seattle
Eddie Chang, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty
Cary Clark, Argosy Cruises
Baionne Coleman, Rainier Valley Leadership Academy; The Global Majority Consortium
John Delaney, retired, Windstar Cruises
*Patti Dill, Ascent Private Capital Management of U.S. Bank
Terren Drake, PACCAR Inc. 
*William T. Einstein, Puget Sound Energy, Inc.
Susan L. Gates, Beneficial State Bank
Effie Gleason, Gull Industries
Lisa Graumlich, Ph.D., University of Washington, College of the Environment
*Philip M. Guess, K&L Gates LLP
*†James C. Gurke, retired, Getty Images
†Dan M. Guy III, retired, Columbia Pacific Capital Management
Janet Haberbush, Community Volunteer
*Stephanie Kornblum, Marketing law attorney
Mark E. Kramer, F5 Networks
Katherine A. Krogslund, University of Washington, School of Oceanography
Gary Kunis, Community Volunteer
Natalya Leahy, Holland America Line and Seabourn
*Lisa C. Luther, Nordstrom
*Laura MacNeil, PNC Bank, N.A.
Dave Magee, CBRE
†J. Terry McLaughlin, retired, The Professional Basketball Club, LLC
Tomoko Moriguchi-Matsuno, Uwajimaya
Robert W. Power, SEA CON LLC
Michael Purpura, D.A. Davidson
Tom Raaf, Amazon
Nathan Rauschenberg, Seattle Seahawks
*†Stuart T. Rolfe, Wright Hotels, Inc.
Casey J. Schuchart, Schuchart
Ivan Seda, MUFG Union Bank
Christian Sinderman, Northwest Passage Consulting
*Gary S. Smith, Lease Crutcher Lewis
*Gary T. Smith, Smith and Stark
*†Randy J. Tinseth, retired, The Boeing Company
Marcus Trufant, Trufant Family Foundation; Self Storage; retired Seattle Seahawks
Michael Trzupek, Core Scientific
Alex Washburn, Columbia Pacific Advisors, LLC
Carla C. Wigen, Laird Norton Wealth Management
Christopher Williams, Parks Alternate
*†George V. Willoughby Jr., retired, King Broadcasting
Charles Wright, Wright Associates
Susie Wyckoff, Community volunteer

†Ted Ackerley
**William C. Arntz
†Don Audleman
Mary L. Bass
Gini Beck
Lesley Canfield
†Dan Hungate 
Linda K. Johnson
†James P. Kerr
†Paul J. Kundtz

*Executive committee
†Past chair

Auxiliary board

The Seattle Aquarium auxiliary board formed in December of 2014 to actively involve Seattle’s young professionals and their communities in the Aquarium’s mission through innovative and engaging programs, events and activities.

Devin Kunysz, Amazon

Co-vice chairs
Kendall Krause, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Deb Kay Murphy, Cutter & Buck
Sophie Riley, AHT Insurance

Gavin Burns, Loge Co​ 
Marie Chervanick, Facebook
M. Harpur Davidson, O’Keefe Development
Eric Dormaier, Pennon Construction
Dan Karr, iSpot.tv
Kendall Krause, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Stren Lea, Queen Investments Corp.
Frank McLaughlin, Merriman Wealth Management
Sara Murray, MiiR
Emily Power, Microsoft
Sophie Riley, AHT Insurance
Billy Sanchez, RECON Management, LLC
Bryant Smick, Carney Badley Spellman
Andy Stolz, Stolz & Associates
Nicholas Stevens, Zillow Group
Aaron Talwar, POP
Alicia Wetmore, Google
Brianna Voigt, Mary's Place
Kelsey Yates, Amazon
Yumi Zhang, Amazon


For additional information about the auxiliary board and its activities, please contact auxiliaryboard@seattleaquarium.org.

Board Meetings

Board meetings are held monthly at noon (unless otherwise noted). Meetings will be held online until further notice and are open to the public.

2021 meeting dates

Public comments

Public comments are welcome at the board meetings. A 10-minute public comment period is provided at the beginning of each regular meeting of the board.

For virtual meetings, all public comments must be submitted via email, publiccomments@seattleaquarium.org, by or before 11am (one hour prior to the meeting’s 12pm start time).

During the public comment section of the meeting, a member of the Aquarium staff will read each public comment aloud, on a first-received, first-read basis, up to two minutes each.

For all board of director questions, please call (206) 386-4300 or email contactus@seattleaquarium.org.

Seattle Aquarium 2020 annual report cover featuring a photo of the front exterior of the Seattle Aquarium building.
2020 annual report
Cover of 2019 annual report showing a sea otter
2019 annual report
Cover of 2018 annual report showing fish underwater
2018 annual report
Cover of 2017 annual report showing squid dissection
2017 annual report
Cover of 2016 annual report
2016 annual report
Cover of 2015 annual report showing sea otters
2015 annual report
Cover of 2014 annual report
2014 annual report
Cover of 2013 annual report showing harbor seals
2013 annual report