Board Members

Allied Arts – Board of Trustees

Laine Ross, President

Laine moved to Seattle to launch an art gallery business in Pioneer Square which was followed by a gallery in San Francisco. Most recently, she co-founded Big Story Group, a new media development and production company.  An arts, historic preservation and community building advocate, Laine has been a steward of the mission of Allied Arts for a decade. Her leadership has helped guide the organization through numerous opportunities and challenges. She is extremely passionate about quality of life issues.

David Allen, Vice President

Bio Pending

Brian Steinburg

Chair of the Waterfront Committee, Brian joined the Allied Arts Board in the mid 2000’s as the organization was coalition building for the Waterfront for All Campaign. He was engaged in the process to develop the guiding principles presented by Allied Arts, inviting the public to expand its vision of Seattle’s Front Porch. His leadership on the Waterfront Stakeholder Committee and the Design Oversight Committee helped guide discussions during the City’s design process. Brian is a Senior Associate at Weber Thompson.

Deborah Daoust

Deborah Daoust is a seasoned communications and outreach specialist and is currently the Director of Communications for Seattle Center.  Deborah initially joined the Allied Arts Board over a decade ago and returned to the organization in 2009 to share her wisdom and knowledge ranging from international political and trade relations to performing arts management and public affairs. She excels in connecting people to one another in ways that produce collective benefit.  Deborah is passionate about the arts, historic preservation and urban livability issues.

Jan Johnson

Jan Johnson joined the Allied Arts Board in 2013.  As the owner of the Historic Panama Hotel, she fulfilled on one of her dreams to designate the property as a National Historic Landmark, which is located in Japan Town. Jan has been passionate about Historic Preservation and great places, and shares her wisdom with the Allied Arts community.  She is passionate about quality of life issues.

Jeff Pelletier

Jeff joined the Allied Arts Board in 2008 and is a former Board President.  In that role, Jeff challenged the organization to amplify the results the public has come to expect from Allied Arts.  Jeff is an Architect and founder of Board & Vellum Architecture and Design, a nationally recognized and award-winning firm focusing on neighborhood friendly spaces.  Jeff serves on the board of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and is passionately engaged around improving livability through great place making both personally and professionally.

Madeline Crowley

Madeline Crowley is an instructor at CityU of Seattle and teaches art to teens at Gage Academy. She is also a recipient of grants from 4Culture & The Awesome Foundation, Seattle.  Madeline joined the Allied Arts Board in 2014 and brings her strong background in the arts and wealth of knowledge to the organization.  She has quickly demonstrated a commitment to the growth and health of Allied Arts.

Mary Hood

Mary joined the Allied Arts Board in 2014 and brings a passion for historic preservation in architecture, urban landscape, and design. As a native of Detroit, Mary restored a home listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was active in the Boston Edison Historic District and the historic preservation communities that worked to preserve the cultural and architectural heritage of Detroit. A former member of Detroit Urban Gardeners, Preservation Wayne, and initiator of many local community projects and fundraising events both in Detroit and Seattle, she brings her diverse knowledge, experience, and passion to Allied Arts.

McKenna Hartman

McKenna joined the Allied Arts Board in 2010 and is a political fundraiser in her role as owner of McKenna Hartman Consulting.  As Chair of the Allied Arts Candidate Endorsements Committee, McKenna brings a wealth of knowledge to the team and has expertly guided Allied Arts through the candidate review process.  Allied Arts is fortunate to have her on the Board to help navigate the political landscape in Seattle.

Paul Byron Crane

Paul is a Landscape Architect, long time resident of Seattle and has been on the Allied Arts Board for over 7 years. He brings a long history of experience in great place making, advocacy for the arts and historic preservation to the team. Paul served on the Allied Arts, Waterfront for All Campaign design team and shared his design vision of what the Central Waterfront could become. He is very active with the Seattle Design Community and currently works for the City of Everett.

Samuel Ferrazaino

Allied Arts welcomes our newest Board Member, Sam Ferrazaino, who is passionate about Arts & Culture as a driver for economic development and as a key to sustainable, vibrant communities. With 30 years of construction industry experience and working in and around the arts, he founded Equinox Development Unlimited, dedicated to facilitating the creation and preservation of affordable arts and cultural spaces. Some of his local projects include Equinox Studios, Inscape and the Ridiculous Factor, Equinox Gallery and Theatre.

Stephanie Tschida

Stephanie joined the Allied Arts Board in 2013 and brings a long history of arts advocacy to the organization. As a co-founder of Urban ArtWorks, she recognized the need to bring teens, young adults and the arts together. She developed Panels for Progress, a program that introduced hundreds of teens to the art of making murals.  Stephanie shares her passion for the arts and need to provide opportunities for youth activities and education with the Allied Arts community.

Tom Graff

Tom joined the Allied Arts Board almost two decades ago and continues to bring a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to the organization.  He is very passionate about the arts, historic preservation and fulfilling on the Promise of City Life.  As President of Ewing & Clark, Inc., he has over twenty five years of commercial sales and leasing experience and has completed over 500 real estate transactions specializing in downtown Seattle investment property and downtown Seattle retail.  Allied Arts is fortunate to have Tom as a steward for the organization.