Leadership, Board & Financials

Contact Us

Phone: (206) 386-4300
Fax: (206) 682-7240

Executive Team

Robert W. Davidson (Bob)

President & CEO

Brad Rutherford

Chief Operating Officer

Grant Abel

Director of Life Sciences

Derek Baker

Director of Strategic Initiatives & Government Affairs

Susan Bullerdick, Ph.D.

Director of Capital Projects

Rick Johnson

VP of Finance

Tim Kuniholm

Director of Public Affairs

Erin Meyer, Ph.D.

Director of Conservation Programs & Partnerships

Tom Nguyen

Director of Information Technology

Jesse Phillips-Kress

VP of Facilities & Operations

Helen Rice

Interim Director of Human Resources

Rachael Weakland

VP of Philanthropy

Jim Wharton, Ph.D.

Director of Conservation Engagement & Learning

Kat Willson

VP of Marketing & Communications

Board Meetings

2023 Meeting Dates

Board meetings are held at 12pm, unless otherwise noted. Meetings are open to the public and will be held at the Seattle Aquarium and simultaneously streamed online.

Upcoming Meetings:

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.

A sign-up sheet will be available upon check-in at the Seattle Aquarium. Time will allotted on a first come, first served basis with up to two minutes allowed per speaker. Public comments can also be submitted via email at publiccomment@seattleaquarium.org

All written comments must be submitted by 10:00 am the Monday before the meeting and will be distributed to all board members prior to the meeting. If you have questions regarding board meetings, please send an email to contactus@seattleaquarium.org.

Board Information

For inquiries regarding the Seattle Aquarium Board of Directors or Auxiliary Board please contact us.

Board of Directors


*Michael Guidon, Goldman Sachs

*†Melissa Mager, conservationist and retired attorney
Immediate past chair

*Karissa A. Marker, retired, KPMG

*Erin J. Letey, Fox Rothschild LLP

**Robert W. Davidson
President & CEO

Mike Anderson, Pay Northwest LLC
Kevin L. Blair, Washington Trust Bank
Andrew Bleiman, Tractive GmbH
John R. Braden, retired, Seattle Aquarium
Duncan Butcher, ARTICA
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, Lindblad Expeditions
Patti Dill, Community Volunteer
*†Bob C. Donegan, Ivar’s, Inc.
*William T. Einstein, Puget Sound Energy, Inc.
Susan L. Gates, Beneficial State Bank
Effie Gleason, Gull Industries
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
Andrew J. Lewis, Seattle City Council—District 7
*Lisa C. Luther, Nordstrom
*Laura MacNeil, PNC Bank, N.A.
Dave Magee, CBRE
†J. Terry McLaughlin, retired, The Professional Basketball Club, LLC
Robert W. Power, SEA CON LLC
Tom Raaf, eBay
*†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
Julie Syrdal, Community Volunteer
*†Randy J. Tinseth, retired, The Boeing Company
Marcus Trufant, Trufant Family Foundation; Self Storage; retired Seattle Seahawks
Michael Trzupek, Imagination Technologies
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
Eric Steinwinder

*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. 

Emily Power, Ocean Made 

Vice chair
Jes Collins, Community Volunteer

Arun Talwar, Wheelhouse Digital Marketing Group
Alicia Wetmore, StealthCo.
Bill Berger, Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions
Brandon Smith, Amazon
Bryant Smick, Grafana Labs
Deb Kay Murphy, Frog
Devin Kunysz, SalesForce
Kendall Krause, Bill and Melinda Gates
Luke Hamlin, Kestra Medical Technologies
Marie Flatley, Meta
Nicole Pargoff, Amplify Consulting Partners
Sophie Riley, AHT Insurance