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Staff

Staff at Humanities Washington
Julie Ziegler

Julie Ziegler

Executive Director

Julie joined Humanities Washington as executive director in 2009 and works with the board to set strategy for the organization, and oversees the program, finance, development and communications staff working to implement the mission and vision of the organization in creative and engaging ways. Julie first became involved with Humanities Washington as a trustee in 1997, and held leadership posts on the Grants, Development, Finance, and Executive Committees.  She previously worked in corporate philanthropy, serving as Director of National Initiative and Community Relations at Safeco Insurance, Vice President of Community Relations (Northwest Region) for Bank of America Foundation. Julie is a member of the board of the (National) Federation of State Humanities Councils based in Washington, DC, an advisory board member of Seattle-based Fales Foundation, and is a member of the steering committee for the Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts. Previous community involvement includes Seattle 4 Rotary, Powerful Schools, United Way, and ArtsFund.

Contact Julie at (206) 682-1770 x110 or by email.

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Eric Sanders, CPA

Eric Sanders, CPA

Associate Director

In Eric's current role as associate director, he oversees internal operations including performance measurement and program evaluations, finances, governmental compliance, HR, IT, and strategic ad-hoc projects. Eric began his career at Ernst & Young after earning an accounting degree from San Diego State University. He served as a financial analyst for a publicly-traded pharmaceutical company in the Bay Area, worked as an auditor with KPMG Berlin and taught business English in Germany before moving to the Pacific Northwest, where he managed the finances and operations of a small Seattle-based company prior to joining Humanities Washington in 2006.

Contact Eric at (206) 682-1770 x106 or by email.

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Ellen Terry

Ellen Terry

Program Director

Ellen joins us from the Washington State History Museum, where she served as curator of public programs. Ellen holds a master's degree in nonprofit management from Seattle University, a master's in museology from the University of Washington, and a bachelor's degree in Art History from Mount Holyoke College. She interned at the Seattle Art Museum and the Children's Museum of Manhattan. Ellen serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Museum Association.

Contact Ellen at (206) 682-1770 x101 or by email.

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Zaki Barak Hamid

Zaki Barak Hamid

Program Director

Zaki has been involved in community programming and organizing for most of his professional career.  An Arab immigrant from Jordan, he received his bachelor's in theater from the University at Albany, and a Master of Fine Arts in acting from the University of Delaware. A Seattle resident since 2003, he is very proud to serve his community through Humanities Washington. He also teaches classes on Middle Eastern Film Studies at Edmonds Community College. Zaki is in charge of Speakers Bureau, Think & Drink, and special initiatives.

Contact Zaki at (206) 682-1770 x102 or by email.

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David Haldeman

David Haldeman

Marketing and Communications Manager

David is the editor of Humanities Washington's blog and Spark print magazine, and oversees its social media, website, PR, and general marketing. He came to Humanities Washington after seven years in the nonprofit sector, first as a grantwriter at the Pacific Science Center, then in communications positions at the Pew Charitable Trusts and a history of science museum in Philadelphia. A graduate of the University of Washington with a BA in journalism, David has written for the Utne Reader, CityArts, Chemistry International, the scientific journal Neurosurgery, and other outlets.

Contact David at (206) 682-1770 x108 or by email.

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George Abeyta

George Abeyta

Development and Program Coordinator

George recently graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in English, followed by earning a certificate in editing from the University of Washington. George came to Humanities Washington after an internship in Village Theatre’s Development Department. As development and program coordinator, George assists in all development activities, grants, Prime Time Family Reading, and Talking Service programs.

Contact George at (206) 682-1770 x104 or by email.

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Caroline Epstein

Caroline Epstein

Program Coordinator and Administrative Assistant

Caroline comes to Humanities Washington after two years of AmeriCorps service. After graduating from the University of Washington in 2012, Caroline traveled to California and completed a year of service with City Year Sacramento. Upon returning to the Pacific Northwest, Caroline joined the team at Communities in Schools of Seattle where she provided support services to students and families in West Seattle. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in Spanish. At Humanities Washington, Caroline supports the executive director and assists with the Speakers Bureau and Think & Drink programs.

Contact Caroline at (206) 682-1770 x109 or by email.

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Patti Nelson

Patti Nelson

Database Administrator

Patti brings to her position over 30 years of experience working in technology. Most of her time has been in the for-profit sector, working for companies such as Attachmate Corporation and PhyCom Inc., as well as several years as a self-employed custom database programmer. She is now dedicated to the nonprofit sector after working for Senior Services for two years. In addition to her work at Humanities Washington, Patti also continues to offer database support as a volunteer to other local non-profits. Patti holds a bachelor's degree in Animal Science and is a Certified Salesforce Administrator.

Contact Patti at (206) 682-1770 x110 or by email.

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