About the QACC

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're currently developing a mission statement, and will publish that statement here when it's approved.

Board of Trustees

Matt Adkins

Board member

[Matt's bio will be published here shortly.]

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 Secretary

Board member since 2015

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.

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.

Laura Day

Transportation Committee Chair

Board member since 2016

Laura is a care provider at Aegis Living of Queen Anne at Rodgers Park. She enjoys hearing stories from the long-time Queen Anne residents she serves about how the neighborhood has changed over the years. A former renter in Queen Anne, she couldn't resist the opportunity to keep chickens, and now lives in Magnolia. She understands the varied delights and challenges from the tight community feeling and walkability of the urban village to the traffic on Mercer Street, trying to figure out whose turn it is at the seven-way stop, and the nuances of unofficial one-way streets.

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

QACC Vice Chair

Parks Commitee 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

Land Use Review Committee Chair

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.

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

Trevor Klein

Communications Committee Chair

Board member since 2017

Trevor is a marketing manager who brings communications experience from software, education, and journalism. He and his wife moved to Queen Anne in 2014, and welcomed a new son to the neighborhood in 2018. You can often find him walking to Molly Moon's on Galer St. for a scoop of scout mint in a waffle cone.

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

QACC Chair

Board member since 1995

Ellen, the board's chair, also represents Queen Anne on both the Neighbors Advisory Committee (NAC) and the Key Arena neighborhood advisory committee.

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

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

Margaret Okamoto

Board Treasurer

Board member since 2000

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.

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.

Catherine Wilson

Board member

[Catherine's bio will be published here shortly.]

Lu Zeng

Board member since 2017

Lu is a graduate of Brown University and works as a Site Reliability Engineer at Google. She's a Queen Anne co-op dweller who enjoys walking down the hill for performances by the Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet. She's a shape-note singer and also enjoys watching dogs play on Queen Anne Ave.