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Board of Directors

Hedgebrook’s Board of Directors is a dynamic group of leaders who uphold our vision and values by providing creative guidance, nonprofit knowledge and experience, expertise in their areas of interest, and sound financial management. As ambassadors of Hedgebrook in the world, they bring to their work a passion to nurture and amplify women’s voices, and a commitment to Hedgebrook’s sustainability into the future.

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Eunice Valentine - Interim Board President
Bay Area

 Eunice has served on the board since 2014. As a Senior Program Officer with Pacific Foundation Services (PFS) in San Francisco, Eunice manages their Santa Rosa, CA office. She holds an MSW from Ohio State University and an MFA in writing and literature from Emerson College. She recently volunteered as a mentor and advisor for several international women’s programs, including one in Danang, Vietnam.

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Sue McNab - Vice President
Seattle

Sue McNab is a newly retired executive having served with companies as varied as Starbucks and Wizards of the Coast. She is an executive coach and management consultant and member of the Board of Seattle Rotary. Sue has authored a number of articles on women and power in the workplace and speaks often on the national level regarding issues of business culture transformation and employee engagement. She is an avid sailor, Rotarian, calligrapher and scuba diver who is addicted to travel and adventure.

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Shauna Woods - Treasurer
Seattle

Shauna Woods is current Treasurer of the Hedgebrook Board and former Board President. She is President of the Pace Woods Foundation, an organization focused on bettering the lives of individuals through education and cultural activities. She is a former Washington State Arts Commissioner and former Board Chair and Treasurer of the Center for Women & Democracy and worked for Citibank in the US and Latin America.

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Abigail Carter - Board Secretary
Seattle

Abigail Carter was an expat Canadian living in New Jersey with her husband and two children when her husband died in the attack on the twin towers on 9/11. Following the catastrophe, Abby began writing to try to come to terms with what had happened to her family and moved to Seattle with her children in 2005. Writing as a form of catharsis resulted in her memoir, The Alchemy of Loss: A Young Widow’s Transformation being published in 2008. Her novel, Remember the Moon was published in 2014.

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Sonora Jha, Ph.D. - Seattle

Sonora Jha, Ph.D. is a writer and Professor of Journalism at Seattle University. Her debut novel, Foreign, was published by Random House India in 2013 and grew out of her work as a journalist, academic, and creative writer. Sonora is a Hedgebrook Alumna.

Donna Hall

Donna P. Hall
Bay Area

Donna Hall has served as the President & CEO of the Women Donors Network (WDN) since August 2002. Hall’s career has crisscrossed the public and private sectors as a manager, strategic planner, foundation executive and deputy director of a woman’s think tank. Donna Hall earned her MBA and BA degrees from Stanford University and her MPH from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. She is a member of the Women’s Forum West and the International Women’s Forum.

Sarah Manyika

Sarah Manyika
Bay Area

Sarah Ladipo Manyika was raised in Nigeria and has lived in Kenya, France, and England. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and for several years taught literature at San Francisco State University. She’s a Patron of the Etisalat Prize for Literature and Books Editor at ozy.com. Her second novel “Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun” was shortlisted for the 2016 Goldsmiths Prize. Sarah is a Hedgebrook Alumna.

Jessika Auerbach

Jessika Auerbach
New York

Jessika Auerbach is a writer, wine-maker and world traveler who has lived and worked in 8 countries on 3 continents.  She has an MFA from NYU/TischAsia, and has served on a number of performing arts boards, both internationally and in NY.  Her book, And Nanny Makes Three, was published in 2007. She now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughters.

Judy Belk

Judy Belk
Los Angeles

As president and CEO, Judy Belk leads The California Wellness Foundation in pursuing its mission to protect and improve the health and wellness of the people of California. She uses her vision and her voice to help Cal Wellness “level the playing field” so that everyone has access to health care, quality education, good jobs, healthy environments and safe neighborhoods.

Belk is a seasoned leader with more than 25 years of senior management experience in the philanthropic, government, nonprofit and corporate sectors. 

She is a frequent writer and speaker on organizational ethics, race and social change. 

Belk received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her master’s degree in public administration from California State University, East Bay.

Huong Vu

Huong Vu
Seattle

Huong Vu has directly managed $125M+ in philanthropic investments for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and the Association of Performing Arts Professionals. Currently, Huong is a philanthropy advisor who helps funders and nonprofits maximize their social impact. She earned a BA from the University of Washington and program certificate from Stanford University. In 2016, Huong won the Mayor’s Arts Award (Philanthropy Leadership) from the City of Seattle. 

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Darshana Shanbhag MD
Seattle

Darshana Shanbhag is a physician practicing Internal Medicine in the Seattle area and loving it.

She is a current Board member at the Seattle chapter of Pratham, an education NGO based in India for increasing literacy for millions, and is a Community Health care Education Program Advisor for IAWW (India Association for Western Washington).

Arian Colachis
Seattle

Arian is a lawyer with over thirty years of public and private legal experience. She started her legal career as a regulatory and enforcement attorney with the US Securities and Exchange Commission continuing to serve the public at several other regulatory agencies here and abroad. In 2000, Arian moved to Seattle from Australia with her husband and two children and has continued to expand her expertise in corporate governance, risk management and sound counsel. Arian currently serves as GC to a late-stage biotech company developing innovative treatments for multiple therapeutic indications in the areas of HIV, cancer and immunology.

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Rinku Sen - Currently on leave from the Board
New York

Rinku Sen is a writer and a political strategist. She currently serves as Senior Strategist at Race Forward, having formerly served as Executive Director and Publisher of their award-winning news site Colorlines. Her books Stir it Up and The Accidental American theorize a model of community organizing that integrates a political analysis of race, gender, class, poverty, sexuality, and other systems.

Allison Narver

Allison Narver – Currently on leave from the Board
Seattle

An award-winning stage director whose work has been seen at theatres across the country, Allison was the Resident Director for The Lion King (Director, Julie Taymor) both in London and on Broadway in New York. She is the former Artistic Director of The Empty Space Theater, Annex Theater and The Yale Cabaret. Allison directed numerous productions written by Hedgebrook alumnae including Sarah Ruhl, Kathleen Tolan, Karen Hartman, Alva Rogers, Naomi Iizuka, Theresa Rebeck, and Erin Cressida Wilson.

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