Meet the Staff/Board

Seattle 2030 District Staff

Daniel Poppe: Executive Director

Daniel Poppe, S2030D ED

Daniel Poppe is a sustainability professional with extensive experience in clean energy and nonprofit management. As Executive Director, he manages the programmatic and administrative functions of the Seattle 2030 District.

Before joining the 2030 District, Daniel worked for nonprofits focusing on clean energy equity, salmon conservation, and transportation. Daniel holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia and an M.P.A. from the University of Washington. When not advocating for building sustainability, Daniel can be found having fun with his wife, daughter, and border collie in West Seattle.

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Ellen Southard: Stormwater Program Consultant

Seattle Stormwater Program Consultant, Ellen Southard

With 29 years of experience in the green building industry, Ellen Southard has served as a consultant to many local NGOs, focusing on policy, parks and open space projects, as well as eco-tourism planning. She was an early adopter of building and site certifications and is a founding member of the Cascadia Green Building Council. Her firm Site Story ran the Salmon-Safe Puget Sound program for 10 years, and Ellen has been dedicated to solving stormwater challenges and water-quality issues in Puget Sound for nearly 15 years. Her focus is on finding solutions for land owners that encourage ecological site function and conservation, while adding value to their land assets.

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Seattle 2030 District Board of Directors

Sabrina VillanuevaClise PropertiesChair (2016)

Sabrina Villanueva, Seattle Board Chair

Manages commercial buildings within the district. Access to tenants for educational opportunities. Influence over capital projects that move the mission forward. Heavily involved in transportation planning and projects throughout the city. Native Seattleite with a vested interest in sustainability. Committees: Executive, Visions Awards. 

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Catherine StanfordBOMAVice Chair (2011)

Catherine Stanford, SEA Board member

Founding member of the District. Works in and understands government and public affairs. Strong network with policy makers in the region and at the State level. Thirty years of experience in commercial real estate management and development/public and private sectors. Represent BOMA Committees: Executive, Policy.

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Todd SparrowHudson Pacific Properties: Treasurer (2020)


Senior Engineering Manager for Hudson Pacific Properties. Responsible for managing engineering operations for the company’s Pacific Northwest portfolio. Works collaboratively with acquisition and development teams to meet the company’s ESG goals.

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Jared SillikerNBBJ: Secretary (2011)

Jared Silliker, SEA Board member

Coordinates built environment stakeholders to pursue aggressive sustainability goals. Diverse background of program development, marketing strategy, and financial analysis. As secretary, keeps board logistics organized. Passionate about solving the climate change crisis, especially with systems that can scale impact. Committees: Executive, Policy.

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Kurt SarchetCBRE Inc. (2011)

Kurt Sarchet, SEA Board member

Manages high-rise office asset within the district. Educates property owners, tenants, contractors & citizens about sustainability. Sustainability is about survival and the need to be resilient. Seattle as a city encompasses the vision of the 2030 District. Sustainable efficiencies make great business sense and corporate responsibility.

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Kiki GramVulcan Real Estate (2018)

Kiki Gram, SEA Board member

Development Manager for commercial and residential projects within the District. Significant experience in transit-oriented development and innovative public/private stormwater projects. Advocate for affordable retail development strategies. Licensed architect with over twenty years of sustainable design and development experience.

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Bryce TaylorGLY Construction (2018)

Bryce Taylor, SEA Board member

Bryce focuses on relationships, costs, and schedules—moving the team forward at a fast rate while keeping a watchful eye on design intent, sustainability, and life cycle goals. Bryce is also widely recognized for his leadership in community service.

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Peter AlspachNBBJ (2020)

Peter Alspach, SEA BoardMbr

An engineer amongst architects. Passionate about environmental, human, and business performance. Education focus includes teaching K-12 to university levels, national presentations, and leading professional development programs. Research and data-driven solutions to solving the climate crisis while helping people and businesses flourish into a future of uncertainty.

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Ian KellSeneca Group (2020)

Ian Kell, SEA Board member

Development Manager overseeing two large commercial mixed-use high-rise projects for local high-tech firms. Leads integrated project teams that drive sustainability into building design and construction, with a focus on reducing carbon and water use intensities, and motivating the building industry to rapidly adapt to decarbonize new construction projects. 

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Kerry MeadeNEEC (2020)

Kerry Meade, SEA Board member

I was born and raised in New York’s Hudson Valley, but I’ve lived in Seattle for over fourteen years. I’m passionate about smart buildings, sustainable cities, innovative policy, and practical solutions like energy efficiency, to mitigate climate change and improve human health and wellbeing. 

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Dayna DealySkanska (2022)


Director of Development for mixed-use, multifamily projects within the District. Oversee all aspects of development from acquisition, entitlements, construction, and leasing. My passion for green buildings and cities began over 20 years ago when LEED first came to the market, and it never stopped. It has grown to include walkable cities, public/private community partnerships and diversity and inclusion. 

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Gladys Ly-Au YoungSundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects (2022)

Gladys Ly-Au Young, Seattle board member

Gladys is a founding partner of a local firm, driven by a social purpose to design earth-friendly, community-based places that function well, create belonging and promote health and sustainability. She leverages the resilience built from her background to connect the work in multiple mission-driven sectors, including community and cultural spaces, education, affordable housing, and homeless day shelter. 

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Anita JeerageUnico Properties (2022)

Anita Jeerage, Unico, Board of Directors

Director of Sustainable Real Estate leading the implementation of sustainability initiatives for Unico’s real estate portfolio. Passionate about finding pragmatic, value-generating solutions that protect the natural environment and enhance communities. Enjoys collaboration and making sustainability topics accessible and relevant to all stakeholders.

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Joseph FernandiSeattle City Light (2022)

Joseph Fernandi, Seattle board member

Joe is the Director of Customer Energy Solutions at Seattle City Light. In this capacity, he leads a division responsible for strategy development, program design, delivery, and ongoing management across a $40M portfolio that includes energy efficiency, demand response, distributed generation, affordability, and electrification programs.

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Kirk HovenkotterCommute Seattle (2022)

Kirk Hovenkotter, Seattle board member

People driving in cars is the largest source of emissions in Seattle. As Executive Director of Commute Seattle, I work with people and places to make walking, biking, and transit the easiest and stress free way to reach the opportunities in Seattle.

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Karrie YurkaninCBRE (2022)

Karrie Yurkanin, Seattle board member

Overseeing Property Management and Operations teams of various Eastside assets. I have been driving Sustainably strategies at each property I have managed over the past 20 years. My passion of the natural beauty that Seattle and our state offers is one that is important to me and with many hands we can collectively make a positive impact now and going forward for future generations.

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Brett PhillipsUnico Properties (2011)

Brett Phillips, SEA Board member

Co-founder and chairman of the 2030 Districts Network working to implement the 2030 Challenge decarbonization goals across multiple cities. Speaks to national and global audiences, sharing thought leadership on pressing topics and current trends in sustainable development and renewable energy.

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