About

Who we are and what we do

The Queen Anne Community Council is a 501(c)(4) organization whose membership includes all residents of Queen Anne as well as employees and owners of businesses located within Queen Anne. For decades, it has advocated for issues relevant to those in the neighborhood. The council is governed by a board of trustees, who are elected by members at an annual meeting. We advocate for concerns of the community and the impacts of a multitude of changing factors in the neighborhood. An estimated 40,000 residents live in the neighborhood and the population doubles during the work day. With so many different enclaves and distinct sections of our beautiful and industrious neighborhood, we encourage anyone who needs issues addressed to come and speak their minds at the appropriate committee meeting.

A neighborhood advocacy group.

Providing a connection point for information to and from our community.

Members of the Board of Trustees

Justin Allegro

Board member since 2019

Since moving to Seattle from the east coast in 2013, Justin has lived in Queen Anne with his wife and two elementary-aged kids. Justin works for the government relations team at the Nature Conservancy in Belltown, having previously led the Energy and Major Projects Division at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. In Washington, D.C., Justin lobbied Congress for several conservation organizations and earned his Masters in Energy Policy and Climate Change from Johns Hopkins University. He served as Treasurer of the Coe Elementary PTA and recently completed a year-long civic leadership program for the Puget Sound with a focus on racial justice, called Leadership Tomorrow. He is interested in supporting Queen Anne's role in making a growing and vibrant city also be a just and affordability city that is transparent about existing power structures and where all our neighbors can thrive.

Ben Bennett

Board member since 2019

Ben has been a home owner on Queen Anne for the past 17yrs. His wife is a born and raised Seattle native. Their two boys are attending St. Anne and Bishop Blanchet High School. Ben is a born and raised army brat, starting kindergarten in Fort Lewis, Washington and finishing high school at Timberline (where he was student body treasurer) in Lacey and did his graduate school at the University of Washington. He is a proud owner of technology consulting business after many years as Program Manager and Product Planner at Microsoft. He is currently working on a startup focused on Outdoor recreation. He is an avid backcountry skier, trail runner, swimmer and home owner in the scenic Alpental valley outside of Seattle. He sits on the board of directors for the Goldener Condos which is situated across the parking lot of the Alpental ski area at Snoqualmie Pass.

Between his military upbringing and the legacy of his 6th great-grandfather who was a personal body guard to George Washington, he feels a responsibility to ensure a secure and working civic body.

Denny Bird

Board member since 2014

Denny spent 25 years working as a project manager for capital projects at Verizon (and its predecessor GTE).

He’s been living on QA since 1994, and since retiring from his professional career in 2003, he's enjoyed going to the dog park nearly every morning, remodeling projects, gardening and traveling.

Denny is involved with not only the QACC, but also Picture Perfect Queen Anne and the Port of Seattle Neighbors Advisory Committee (NAC) as a representative of Queen Anne.

Beth Bunnell

Board member since 2015

Beth is the council's secretary. Beth is the managing director of a recruiting and consulting company that specializes in cross-border Asia-related transactions. She worked as a lawyer in Greater China for 20 years, serving both in private practice and as Asia Pacific general counsel for a Fortune 100 company. She's now a homeowner and mother of two in Queen Anne.

Sean Champagne

Board member since 2016

Sean works at Ekata (formerly Whitepages Pro) selling identity verification and fraud prevention software. Previously, he sold advertising to attorneys at Avvo and spent several years working as a personal banker at various credit unions in the area.

Raised in Tri-Cities, Washington, he moved to Queen Anne Hill in 2011 at Queen Anne High School, the historic sandstone building between the two radio towers, with his two dachshunds Hansel & Wimbledon.

Sean is a graduate of Seattle Central College and Western Governors University with a B.Sc. in Marketing Management. He likes listening to podcasts about global news, culture, economics, and technology; going to the gym; collecting antique books.

Laura Corvi

Board member since 2017

Having lived in Seattle all her life, Laura moved to Queen Anne in 2016.

She's currently retired, but having worked for The Boeing Company, she still uses that experience for aerospace consulting opportunities.

Her hobbies range from tap dance to knitting.

Jennifer Crow

Board member since 2017

Jennifer was born and raised in Seattle and lived in the South End until she moved to Queen Anne 16 years ago. She is an alumna of Seattle University with a B.A. in Humanities, and works as a clinic operations supervisor at a hospital on First Hill. Her other work experience includes program management in the Seattle area tech industry and teaching English as a foreign language in Japan. She lives with her husband, young daughter, and mother-in-law on the north side of Queen Anne.

Bill Fitzharris

Board member since 2017

Bill is a mostly retired lawyer. He has lived on Queen Anne for 40 of his 42 years in Seattle, and has been active in all manner of QA youth sports since 1989, including Little League baseball and softball (as a former board member and a continuing umpire), QA Soccer (as a former coach and board member), and the late QA/Shilshole Swim Club (as a board member and official). He and his wife Marsha recently moved into a Queen Anne condo after selling their house of 34 years, realizing their dream of staying in the 98119 zip code.

Kurt Gruber

Board member since 2018

Kurt lives on the west side of Queen Anne, and is a relative newcomer to the hill, having moved in 2018. He works in communications for Philips Oral Healthcare (makers of Sonicare). He has two kids, one in Washington, D.C., and one attending Washington State University, and he joined the council in hopes of finding ways to make Queen Anne an even better place to live.

Don Harper, Vice Chair

Board member since 2001

Don was a stage manger and road manger for punk rock bands before he became a master electrician, building Harper Electric Inc. into a successful company and running it for 30 years. In retirement, he teaches electricians part-time at CITC. He lives on Queen Anne with his wife, a musician, where they raised their son and love volunteering in the community.

Michael Jerrett

Board member since 2016

Michael has been the Executive Director of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and has worked in communications and government relations for the Seattle City Council and Seattle City Light. He currently manages family properties with his wife. Michael has been a Queen Anne resident for twenty six years. He and his wife have two children attending college and another in 7th grade. He enjoys playing golf, playing the guitar, experiencing live music, spending time with family, and cooking.

Martin Kaplan

Board member since 2002

Marty is principal of Martin Henry Kaplan, Architects AIA. A 3rd-generation Seattleite, he and his family have called Queen Anne home for many years. He was a Seattle Planning Commissioner from 2004-2012, and has committed to serving his city and Queen Anne communities in many ways. He and his family are avid outdoor enthusiasts, and among many pursuits, you can find him walking their canine companion Maggie all over the hill, cycling home through Queen Anne streets, or even flying his paraglider off Tiger Mountain!

Robert Kettle

Board member since 2014

Robert is a retired naval officer with over 20 years of service at-sea and ashore involving naval, joint, interagency and multi-national duty in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He was stationed in the region twice at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and Naval Station Kitsap – Bremerton that included overseas deployments respectively onboard the aircraft carriers USS Saratoga and USS John C. Stennis.

He attended Boston University, Georgetown University, the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College which included studies in France, the UK and Belgium (twice) and the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.

Robert moved back to the Pacific Northwest in 2012 after completing his naval career to join his wife Sarah. They have a daughter and live in northwest Queen Anne.

Andrew Koved

Board member since 2015

Andrew is a transportation consultant in Seattle who is focused on getting people around our region responsibly and safely. Living in Queen Anne, he brings this perspective to make our neighborhood a better place to walk, bike, and thrive.

Anna Lauris Boynton

Board member since 2018

Anna lives on Queen Anne, where she and her husband also base their strategic communication company, Message Glue. She is a communication coach, specializing in public speaking. Using her professional theatrical background as a starting point, she has translated basic acting skills and communication modalities for the words of technology and business for more than two decades. You will see Anna most mornings walking "the crown" of the hill with the larger of their two four-legged companions, striving to be as fit and lovely as Lily the dog.

Sharon Levine

Board member since 1994

Sharon has lived and volunteered in Queen Anne for 30 years. She started with the QACC while working in sales for Time Warner, and continues in her retirement.

An active member of the Parks and Transportation committees, Sharon has been a vocal advocate for off-leash dog parks throughout Seattle and within Queen Anne. She has a particular interest in land-use issues and attends many meetings on that topic so she can report her findings to the QACC Board.

Ellen Monrad, Executive Chair

Board member since 1995

Ellen, the board's executive chair, also represents Queen Anne on both the Neighborhors Advisory Committee (NAC) and the Key Arenaneighborhood advisory committee.

Her days are filled with volunteering. She is the vice chair of Picture Perfect QA, the chair of theInterfaith group, and volunteers twice a week at the Sacred Heart Food Bank. She is also a volunteer at the Pacific Science Center.

When not volunteering, she roots for the Marinters as a 35-year ticket holder. She also supports QA Little League, and enjoys reading, knitting, and walking.

Marc Mrkvicka

Board member since 2019

Marc is a native Seattleite and has lived on West Queen Anne Hill with his wife, Cindy Pierce, since 2003.

He is a graduate of Seattle University, and a retired Chief Financial Offier in the insurance industry.

Marc is a member of the Queen Anne Historical Society and the Seattle Art Musuem. His interests include his seven granchildren, attending the theatre, travel, and cooking. As a long-time football fan, he enjoys attending Husky and Seahawks games.

Keep your eyes open, you might see Marc and his westie Brodie roaming the neighborhood!

Margaret Okamoto

Board member since 2000

Margaret is the council's treasurer. Margaret has lived on Queen Anne for 43 years, 39 more than she originally planned to even stay in Seattle. Being on the Council has provided her a unique window onto our community and its relation to the government entities that impact us. She loves to be with family, to travel both domestically and internationally, to explore Seattle's neighborhoods (eating along the way), to attend theatre, opera, concerts, and to garden — especially with Picture Perfect Queen Anne and the Queen Anne Avenue gardens the community created and supports.

Erik Smith

Board member since 2018

Erik grew up on Magnolia and moved to Queen Anne in 2001, appreciating the sense of community that Queen Anne offers its residents.

He spent 33 years working in telecommunications, including at GTE, Verizon, and most recently at AT&T Mobility where he lead a team responsible for business mobility billing strategy.

After retiring from AT&T in 2017, Erik has roved QA with his Labrador/Rottweiler mix, Jente, and continued to take frequent trips to Norway to visit family. He is also a Queen Anne representative to the Port of Seattle Neighbors Advisory Committee (NAC).

James Smith

Board member

Jim and his wife Joan have been Queen Anne homeowners for more than 50 years, most of which he's served on this Board. He also serves on the Terminal 91 Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC). He works to protect the livability of our neighborhood and forge effective relationships with our industrial and commercial neighbors.

Jazmine Smith

Board member since 2019

Jazmine is an activist, advocate and educator who is currently working with Seattle Public Schools at an elementary school in Special Education.

She’s been committed to public service and community building engagement from a young age, serving in the Lynnwood Teen Advisory Group through high school and volunteering for the Center for Human Services after interning there with Teens in Public Service. Jazmine attended Western Washington University and earned a BA in Human Services and went on to serve in the Peace Corps as a Community Economic Development volunteer in Timor-Leste. After returning to Seattle, she’s been serving on the TIPS Alumni Association Board and volunteering with RESULTS.

She is very excited to get involved on the local, neighborhood level and work on building a Queen Anne for all. Her favorite things to do in her free time include reading at our P-Patches, walking around the neighborhood, sipping coffee at our cafes, and traveling.

She’s previously lived in North Queen Anne and now lives in Lower Queen Anne, and is excited to continue renting in this neighborhood for years to come.

Mike Warren

Board member since 1993

Mike was elected to the QACC Board when he was president of the McClure PTSA, having also worked as president of the John Hay PTSA before. He spent time as president of the Seattle Area Retired Public Employees and the Washington State Alliance for Retired Americans, and chairs the board of a statewide advocacy organization for people with disabilities. He moved to Queen Anne in 1950 as a member of a refugee family and has been on the hill most of the time since then.