LEADERSHIP

Our

2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Architects Without Borders Seattle is governed by a Board of Directors. Members live and work in the Seattle/Puget Sound area and volunteer to guide implementation of AWBS' mission to deliver life-changing design.

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GEOFF PIPER

President

Fivedot

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ELLY DICESARE

Chairperson

Costco

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ALEX BAUTZ

Vice President

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ALISHA TIMM

Treasurer

Starbucks

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DUYEN BUI

Secretary

Fred Hutchinson

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EKRAM HASSEN

Director, Projects Committee Co-Chair

 

Olson Kundig

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GABRIEL QUIJADA

Director, Projects Committee Co-Chair

 

Dowbuilt

BREE MEDLEY

Board Advisor

 

Brandt Design Inc.

PRAGNESH PARIKH

Director

rpau
architecture + urban environments

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MARJA WILLIAMS

Director

 

Urban Oranje

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NICOLE DeKAY

Director

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PRIYA JANARDHANAN

Director

 

Microsoft

MELISSA K. NEHER

Executive Director

melissa@awb-seattle.org

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Melissa Karpouzes Neher has lived and worked on multiple continents, and has been creating positive systemic changes for two decades as a nonprofit leader. Melissa’s positive outlook and strategic approach has helped her develop, implement, and manage multiple programs with results including:

  • A human rights education program for high school students

  • Pro bono legal representation for asylum seekers

  • The implementation of anti-discrimination policies for underserved populations

Melissa is inspired by Architects Without Borders’ passionate volunteers, who fuel the organization’s mission to create life-changing projects around the world. Melissa received her B.A. from James Madison University, and her J.D. from the University of San Diego. Though she is the only lawyer within the AWBS organization of designers, engineers, and architects, she is comfortable being outnumbered, since she lives with her three sons and husband.