Executive Director, Town Hall Seattle
Wier Harman is the executive director of Town Hall Seattle, a position he has held since 2005. In the early 1990s, he directed plays and was marketing manager at Seattle's Annex Theatre. While at Actor's Express Theatre in Atlanta, Wier won Best Director and Best New Talent awards from the local press. In addition to his artistic work, he spent five years in commercial radio (as national sales manager of KMPS in the early 90s) and written Fodor's Travel Guides of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. A native of Virginia, Wier is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (1989) and studied directing at Yale School of Drama (1999). He is married to Barbara Sauermann.
Associate Professor, Seattle University School of Law
Christian Halliburton is an associate professor at Seattle University School of Law, where he teaches courses in criminal law, constitutional law, criminal procedure, and law and religion. After receiving his JD from Columbia University School of Law, he spent several years in private firm practice before joining the faculty at Seattle University in 2002. In addition to his teaching and involvement in the Seattle University School of Law community, Christian is actively involved in the protection and pursuit of individual civil liberties as a member of the board of directors for the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington.
Director of Marketing, Premera Blue Cross
Indranil Ghosh is the director of marketing at Premera Blue Cross, where he leads the advertising, branding, marketing communications, competitive intelligence and market research functions for Premera and its affiliate companies. Mr. Ghosh received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Jadavpur University in Kolkata, India, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in communication design with an emphasis on branding from Parsons School of Design in New York. An avid fan of public media, Indranil has experienced many "driveway moments" while listening to public radio. He lives in Seattle with his wife, two children and their retired racing greyhound.
Susan Feeney is a partner at GMMB, a political, issue and cause communications firm. She joined the Seattle office in 2010. Susan co–leads the firm's strategic communications work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on education reform and policy advocacy. Prior to joining GMMB, Susan was senior editor for NPR's "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition." She earned her bachelor's degree in journalism at Syracuse University. Susan lives in Seattle with her husband Steve Hirsh and two sons.
Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Nelson Dong represents technology companies in international business transactions and investments — particularly those involving US export control or national security issues — at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, an international law firm. Mr. Dong is on the board of directors of the National Committee on US–China Relations in New York City and was the 2010 president of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association, the alumni group of White House Fellows. A public radio listener since the 1970s, he is married to Diane Wong, a former journalist. He received his JD from Yale Law School and his AB from Stanford.
Anchor, Northwest Cable News
Katharine Barrett is an Emmy award–winning broadcast journalist who spent two decades with CNN as a correspondent, anchor and producer covering business and financial news in New York, and more recently general news from the Northwest. She now anchors occasionally on Northwest Cable News. Katharine graduated from Princeton University with a degree in politics and Latin American studies. She and her three children live on the Eastside.
Associate Vice President of Media Relations and Communications, University of Washington
Norm Arkans has worked at the University of Washington since 1979 and overseen the University's media relations program since 1985. He was named to his present post in 2004, having served as associate vice president and executive director of University Relations from 1993–2004, and as assistant vice president for University Relations from 1985–92. Mr. Arkans received his AB from Franklin and Marshall College and earned MA and PhD degrees in English literature from UW, with a scholarly emphasis on Victorian literature.