Oct. 28, 2015
Message from board president regarding the board’s decision not to change the name of the Library or adopt a new logo.
Theresa Fujiwara, President
Theresa Fujiwara was appointed to the Library Board by former Mayor Mike McGinn in December 2010. She currently serves as the associate vice president for Community Services at the United Way of King County. She is responsible, with staff and volunteers, for managing the planning and allocations process for United Way investments to over 200 health and human service nonprofit agencies in King County. As the former site director for the Making Connections Initiative, Fujiwara was responsible for the design, leadership, and oversight of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 10-year community change initiative aimed at improving outcomes for vulnerable children and families. Fujiwara also served as special assistant for Health and Human Services for former Mayor Paul Schell and regional government relations coordinator for former Mayor Norm Rice, and was the associate and executive director of the Asian Counseling and Referral Service, a nonprofit organization offering an array of social and behavioral health services in a multilingual, multicultural setting. Fujiwara has served on a variety of boards and commissions, including: Nonprofit Assistance Center, United Way of King County, Refugee Women's Alliance, Interim, Japanese American Citizens League, Minority Executive Directors Coalition, Mayor's Housing Levy Oversight Committee, and the Children's Alliance. Fujiwara is a native of Seattle and received her bachelor's degree and master's degree in social work from the University of Washington.
Kristi England, Vice President
Kristi England was appointed to the Library Board by former Mayor Mike McGinn in September 2012. She is a public affairs director for APCO Worldwide. England has 18 years of experience as a public affairs, community relations and strategic communications consultant. She served as the campaign manager for the 1998 "Libraries for All" campaign, which rebuilt and renewed Seattle facilities. England has also been a consultant to the King County Library System and Sno-Isle Regional Library System. In 2005, England helped former Mayor Greg Nickels and the city of Seattle launch Seattle Climate Action Now, an initiative that asks city residents to take small steps toward stopping climate change. She specializes in community outreach, grassroots advocacy, coalition building and strategic communications and is an expert at working with diverse communities. She currently serves on the boards of Water 1st International and the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle. She is a past board member of Seattle Works.
Dan Dixon was appointed to the Library Board by former Mayor Greg Nickels in December 2009. Dixon is currently chief community engagement officer for Providence Health & Services and previously served as vice president of external affairs for Swedish Medical Center. Dixon has more than 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors in law, government and political affairs, business development, finance, international affairs and corporate affairs. Dixon was Alaska's first director of international trade, and later practiced law with the Seattle-based firm Foster Pepper and Shefelman, where he was an authority in domestic and international business, politics, community relations and finance. He served as a founding director of Cambridge Partners, a Wall Street bank specializing in public finance, and was founding chairman of iCopyright. He also has served as chairman of the board of Biolab, a director of the Washington/China Relations Council, director of Seattle CityClub, chairman of the advisory board of Universal Access Inc., and is a past director of Norsat, a publicly traded Canadian company. Dixon helped bring one of the most technologically advanced heart and vascular institutes in the world to the Swedish Medical Center. Dixon is president of the board of Global to Local (G2L), which uses global health strategies to improve the health of underserved communities in the United States. He also is a trustee of Central Washington University and the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Seattle Community Development Roundtable and a director of the Downtown Seattle Association. He serves on the board of the Seattle Alliance for Education and is an advisory board member of the Seattle University School of Business.
Tré Maxie was appointed to the Library Board by former Mayor Mike McGinn in May 2013. He is the senior strategy advisor to King County Department of Transportation Director Harold Taniguchi. The King County Department of Transportation has a budget of over $2.4 billion and is composed of five divisions: Road Services, Metro Transit, Airport, Marine and Fleet and employs more than 5,000 employees who provide a wide variety of services for people who travel in King County. Maxie previously served as the chief deputy assessor in the King County Department of Assessments. His background also includes work as executive director of Powerful Schools and executive director of the Tupac Shakur Foundation. Maxie has spent 20 years working on behalf of the community in both the nonprofit and public sectors. He currently serves on the Washington State Board of Education, which sets policy and oversees K-12 public education for over 1 million students enrolled in public schools throughout Washington state. Maxie has a bachelor's degree in political science pre-law from Morehouse College and a certificate in Creating Business Strategy from Columbia University Extension School in Tokyo. He earned a certificate from the Executive Leadership Institute at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington and is a graduate of the 2011 class of Leadership Tomorrow Seattle.
Marie M. McCaffrey was appointed to the Library Board by former Mayor Greg Nickels in July 2006. She was a consultant to the 1998 "Libraries for All" bond campaign and later served on the Library Oversight Committee that monitors the implementation and financing of the building program. A native Seattleite, McCaffrey graduated from Nathan Hale High School and studied art and design at the University of Washington. She and her late husband, Walt Crowley, established a design and communications consultancy in 1980. McCaffrey, who lives in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood, now specializes in designing Web sites and books, which have won several awards. McCaffrey served two terms on the Seattle Arts Commission, which honored her in 1996 with the Howard S. Wright Award for outstanding support of the arts. She also has sat on the boards of the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Center on Contemporary Art, Point-No-Point literary magazine, and Real Change. She also is a co-founder, trustee, and executive and art director of HistoryLink.org, the nation's first online encyclopedia of state and local history created expressly for the Internet.