Washington Lawyers for the Arts is pleased to announce our new officers! Officers were unanimously elected at the November Board meeting, and begin their terms on January 1, 2015. The officers comprise the Board’s Executive Committee.
Jeff Nelson will serve as Chair. An attorney with Graham & Dunn PC, Jeff joined the board in early 2014. He quickly stepped into leadership as chair of our Education and Services Committee, which coordinates the organizations external-facing programs.
“Washington Lawyers For the Arts has been providing support for artists and arts organizations for almost 40 years. In 2014, thanks to passionate leadership and a dedicated board, staff, and volunteers, we expanded the number of artists reached by the organization. The 2015 Board brings experience and an enthusiasm for art and artists that will allow us to further extend our support to even more artists within and outside the Puget Sound area. Our newly-elected Executive Committee is eager to keep propelling WLA forward by increasing our membership and strengthening our services to the arts community across Washington. I hope you’ll join us.”
Rachel Buker will serve as Co-Vice Chair. Rachel is a visual artist and writer, and an attorney with Ironmark Law Group, PLLC. She has volunteered with the organization for several years, and joined the board in 2014. She has provided guidance on outreach and legal content for the blog. In 2015, Rachel will serve as the blog editor and as co-chair, with Jennifer Jolley, of the Education and Services Committee.
“Both as an attorney and as an artist I am thrilled to be a part of Washington Lawyers for the Arts. I am so grateful for the opportunity to help lead WLA in 2015. This has been a time of tremendous advancement for the organization’s mission, and I look forward to continuing that growth in 2015 through increasing membership, expanding programming, and furthering our reach throughout Washington State.”
Makalika Naholowa’a will serve as Co-Vice Chair. Makalika is an attorney at Microsoft, and joined the board this year. She chairs the Fundraising Committee, where she is instrumental in increasing external support for the organization.
“I’m grateful to the current executive committee members for all of their work. In the last year, WLA doubled the clients it served and meaningfully increased membership. I’m excited for the opportunity to build on that kind of amazing momentum. Our goal is to double clients served again in 2015, and I can’t wait to get to work.”
Valerie Moseley will continue serving as Treasurer. Valerie is a Certified Public Accountant, and principal of Moseley & Associates. Valerie has led the board through strategic financial planning during her tenure. Valerie is also an actor and avid participant Seattle’s theater community. A former client of WLA’s Arts Legal Clinic, she is passionate about supporting WLA’s role in the arts community.
“I’m pleased to have the opportunity to serve WLA again as Treasurer. Over my tenure I’ve seen an improvement in internal reporting and growth in our numbers. I look forward to continuing my participation in this lovely trend!”
Jordan Rood will serve as Secretary. Jordan is an attorney with the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions – Securities Division. He’s served on the executive committee for several years, and helped develop the organization’s legal internships.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to serve another term as an officer for WLA. The current team accomplished so much in just a year, and I am looking forward to the hard work of trying to exceed the high bar that was set last year.”