Board of Directors
MoPOP Founding Director and Board Chair
Jody Allen is the founding director of MoPOP, which she co-founded with brother Paul G. Allen in 2000 to inspire the innate creativity in everyone. She is also co-founder and chair of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Vulcan Inc., and the Allen Institute, which works to solve some of the biggest mysteries in bioscience. In addition, Jody serves as chair of the Seattle Seahawks NFL and Portland Trail Blazers NBA franchises, recognizing the role of both teams as powerful catalysts for civic pride.
A philanthropist with a passion for conservation, she is dedicated to protecting marine life, fighting wildlife trafficking, and saving Africa’s elephants from extinction. She also founded Wild Lives Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to wildlife conservation and other philanthropic initiatives. In addition, Jody serves as a board member of Sealife Response, Rehab, and Research (SR3), an organization dedicated to improving the health and welfare of marine wildlife in the Pacific Northwest.
Jody is also a board member of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, and previously served on the boards of ArtsFund, the Theatre Communications Group, the University of Washington Foundation, the Museum of Glass, the Los Angeles International Film Festival and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
- First pop culture memory: When I was five, Terry, my babysitter from up the street, playing her “With the Beatles” LP in her bedroom for Paul and me. Terry was 14 years old and Paul was 12. I still remember it after all these years.
- Favorite current or recent exhibition at MoPOP: I have always loved SoundLab, the science fiction gallery, and exhibits showcasing costumes and fashion.
- Other hobbies: I have a special fondness for the fiber arts, including knitting and fabrics.
MoPOP Board President
Chris McGowan serves as Chief Executive Officer of Vulcan Sports & Entertainment (VSE), where he oversees business operations of all VSE sports franchises and facilities. Chris also serves as VSE representative for the ownership stake in the Seattle Sounders (MLS).
Named Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter President & Chief Executive Officer in October 2012, McGowan, 47, moved to the Pacific Northwest from Los Angeles-based Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), where he was recognized by the Sports Business Journal in its exclusive “Forty Under 40” list in 2012. McGowan spent 16 years with AEG, including a final assignment as Chief Operating Officer of AEG Sports, before becoming one of the NBA’s youngest CEOs.
McGowan oversees the day-to-day operations of the Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter including Arena Operations, Ticket Sales and Service, Corporate Partnerships, Premium Seating, Analytics, Brand Strategy, Innovation & Technology, Corporate Communications, Community, Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Broadcasting, Digital, Finance and Human Resources.
With the help of McGowan’s leadership and vision, both the Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter organizations have seen record-breaking growth. At the same time, he has ensured all business decisions are made with sustainability in mind while piloting major venue and technological improvements to the Rose Quarter campus and Trail Blazers Practice Facility, including $16 million in capital improvements.
In 2020, McGowan spearheaded the initiative to fight racial injustice and expand diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in the community and organization. Under his guidance, the Trail Blazers launched the Racial Injustice Initiative, consisting of an organization-wide commitment to fight racism with the creation of the Racial Injustice Fund of the Trail Blazers Foundation.
Under McGowan’s leadership, the organization’s charitable giving has increased annually thanks to new funding sources, including proceeds from the Trail Blazers specialty license plates for Oregon vehicles and new Racial Injustice Fund. During the 2019-20 season, the team’s cash grants and donations exceeded $1.1 million benefitting schools and nonprofits in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
In 2018, McGowan was named to the additional role of CEO of Vulcan Sports & Entertainment, where his responsibilities expanded further into the professional sports franchises and entertainment properties in the Vulcan portfolio. McGowan manages a cross-functional executive team in both Portland and Seattle in leading these business operations.
McGowan earned his bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Delaware in 1996, where he was captain of the soccer team. Chris, his wife Susan, and their two sons, Ryan (18) and Kyle (16), reside in Southwest Portland.
- First pop culture memory: Waiting in line to see the first Star Wars movie.
- Favorite films: Goodfellas, Rushmore, and Braveheart.
- Other hobbies: I collect Pearl Jam concert posters.
MoPOP Board Secretary
Shaunta Hyde is a business community relations leader and aviation professional with more than 20 years of responsibility for relationship and reputation/risk management, strategic community investments, and CSR program driving business growth and impact. She brings to the boardroom her deep expertise in crisis management, ESG, CSR, government affairs, local, state, and federal regulatory relationships, and public private partnerships. In addition to grassroots and strategy work and a proven track record in community-based strategies of engagement.
Shaunta has helped Fortune 100 organizations lead international, and national grassroots campaigns for business development, regulatory affairs and reputation enhancement. Her expertise in crisis communications and reputation enhancement in both the private and public sector has navigated organizations through change. She has knowledge and experience working and navigating in the European Union Environment and regulatory structure.
Shaunta is Managing Director of Community Relations at Alaska Airlines. She joined Alaska as its first African American female executive overseeing community relations. Shaunta leads community relations, charitable giving, strategic investments/national partnerships, and engagement strategies while overseeing a budget of $17M. She is responsible for Alaska’s social impact pillar and metrics for the company ESG scorecard. Shaunta’s leadership achievements include the pivot from a less cohesive corporate philanthropy effort to a strategic program and business tool that builds Alaska’s brand and drives customer loyalty.
Prior to joining Alaska Airlines, Shaunta served as the Director of Global Aviation Policy for The Boeing Company, and manager of Government Affairs where she worked developing and executing strategies to shape local, national and international public policy. Before joining the Boeing Company, Shaunta oversaw for King County regional government - local and national strategy, federal funding, and policy advocacy.
Shaunta currently serves as Chair of Nominating and Governance on the Museum of Flight board. Previously, Shaunta served on the boards of Pioneer Human Services, United Negro College fund - PNW Chapter; and Port Jobs. Additionally, she was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges.
Shaunta is an accomplished speaker and 2020 keynote addresses include those at the Watermark ‘s for Women, Silicon Valley and the Girl Scouts of Washington. Community recognition includes awards from the Corporate Giving Network, 2017 and Women of Color Leading Change, 2019.
Shaunta earned an Executive MBA from the University of Washington’s, Michael G Foster School of Business, a BA from Seattle University and is a graduate of the World Public Affairs Institute. Shaunta is a 2018 graduate of Deloitte’s OnBoarding Women program which takes a business centered approach to educating women for corporate boards nationwide. She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).
- First pop culture memory: Dressing up with my family and going to a Star Trek convention in downtown Seattle I think in the late 70s.
- Pop culture passion: I am passionate about everything Sci-Fi and Rock and Roll music.
- Other hobbies: I have currently taken up watercolor painting and ping pong.
MoPOP Board Treasurer
Throughout her career Marjorie Thomas has led and supported businesses in all stages of maturity, from start-up and high growth, to reinventions of businesses. Marj is currently the Chief Financial Officer of the Allen Institute where she is focused on bringing forward her experience with the impact of growth in size and complexity. She joined the Allen Institute in 2017 and leads all accounting and financial functions, including treasury, procurement, and grants administration. Her background before joining the Allen Institute, was in public technology companies, working as CFO at RealNetworks, and a finance executive at Intuit, Sony and Hewlett Packard.
A native of the Mountain West, Thomas received a B.A. in Business Accounting from Boise State University. Marj currently serves on the RealNetworks Foundation board and has served as a member of the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Northern California, a board member for HP Globalsoft in India, and an advisory board member for the Boise State University Accounting Board.
- First pop culture memory: Going to a drive-in movie in my jammies with my cousins.
- Favorite exhibition at MoPOP: Jimi Hendrix.
- What led to MoPOP: Using my powers for good.
MoPOP Board Member
Jeremy is a Senior Interaction Designer at Google, where he envisions how people use emerging technologies (Cloud Computing, AI) and brings that vision to life through refined product design. Simultaneously, Jeremy is the Chapter Organizer at CreativeMornings for Seattle where he's been involved since 2009. CreativeMornings is the world’s largest face-to-face creative community that promotes connection with like-minded individuals through monthly breakfast lectures.
As a Senior UX Design and Product Management leader, Jeremy has experience crafting product vision and driving design in fast-moving and diverse environments including: large tech (Microsoft, Google, Apple), early stage startups and most recently, a boutique design studio (Intentional Futures). Throughout his career, Jeremy has focused on incubating and delivering new product experiences that users value; that leverage emerging technologies; and that help companies differentiate in competitive markets. Jeremy is deeply passionate about craft and believes that technology, shaped by smart design, has the power to elevate and complement our potential (not replace it).
Jeremy’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rice University, and a Master of Business Administration from Jones Graduate School of Business.
- First pop culture memory: Watching Enter the Dragon on VHS with my aunt when I was 5.
- Favorite exhibition at MoPOP: It's a toss-up between Indie Game Revolution and Infinite Worlds.
- What led you to become involved with MoPOP? 10 years ago, I attended my first CreativeMornings event at the museum and I was floored that there was a cultural institution devoted exclusively to culture that I consumed—music, film, games, etc.
MoPOP Board Member
Tim is an experienced manager with a demonstrated history of working in the entertainment and label services industry. For more than 20 years he has been the General Manager of Pearl Jam Ten Club, heading up product and business development. With skills in Operations Management, Advertising, Event Management, Business Development, and Artist Mentorship, he also has a deep understanding of non-profit management due to work with Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation.
Tim is an expert on the Seattle music scene and industry and a leader in the Seattle community with deep relationships with influential groups. He brings a passion for youth music education and philanthropy to his work. Leader in the Seattle community with deep relationships with influential groups. Tim holds a Bachelor degree in Geology and Earth Science from the University of Montana and was served on the board of The Recording Academy.
- First pop culture memory: The Monkees TV show.
- Favorite exhibition at MoPOP: Pearl Jam: Home and Away. Duh!
- Other hobbies: I’ve spent most of my life as a single digit handicap golfer.
MoPOP Board Member
Dana grew up in her family run real estate investment firm in Seattle, Frank Enterprises. Twenty-five years ago, she became the General Managing Partner of the company – now named The TD Frank Family Properties – and she continued to expand their investments with prime real estate properties in Washington state and Arizona. Dana has been honored with her properties being featured as the Seattle Times Home of the Week and recognized for her work to assist low-income families in finding housing. In March 2016, Dana and her mother/partner Theresa Frank were featured on the cover of the Seattle Times in a story titled “Persistence Pays” which shared their journey as long-term landlords in the transitional Central District.
Dana engages in numerous local philanthropic endeavors including an annual gift drive for Treehouse for Foster Kids at the holidays, now in its 15th year. She has co-chaired Bellevue LifeSpring, Woodland Park Zoo, Treehouse's 25th Soiree Gala, and served on MoPOP's Founder's Award Committee.
Dana is frequently asked to do “The Ask” at fundraisers because of her passion for charitable fundraising. She did the ask for the LINKS STEAM program, raising funds for low-income students in the field of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math as well as the O Wine Scholarship Foundation which raised enough to fully pay four years of tuition and board for two deserving women.
One of Dana’s biggest assets is event planning and using her expansive network of friends and business associates as a resource. An avid supporter of the arts and culture, Dana leveraged her network for the grand opening ceremonies for the first African American Museum in Seattle which honored her uncle, music impresario, Quincy Jones and hosted talent Santana and the late James Ingram.
Dana resides in Seattle and has two children – a son, Brett (27) who is a graduate of the Foster Business School at the University of Washington, who is now her business partner, and a daughter, Taryn (19), a Chapman University Dodge School of Film and Media Arts student. When not otherwise engaged, Dana enjoys traveling, playing tennis, attending sporting events, reading, movies, and visiting her second homes in Scottsdale, Arizona or her fiancé in Nashville, Tennessee.
Dana and her sister co-write a blog, www.menopausebarbees.com, as the tagline goes, “We are getting older, but we are still dolls!”
- First pop culture memory: Jackson 5 concert circa early 1970s.
- Favorite exhibition at MoPOP: Prince from Minneapolis.
- Other hobbies: Tennis, skiing, travel, power walking, reading (hard copies and books on tape) movies and LIVE music!
MoPOP Board Member
Gregg is a proven music industry leader with a legal background and deep experience in strategy, operations, and people management. Currently SVP of Ticketmaster Music, Gregg manages the day-to-day business and operations for the teams that provide the world's biggest touring artists with ticketing products, services, and strategies to help them achieve their goals.
Gregg started his professional career as commercial litigator at Gibson Dunn before following his passion for music into the record business and spending 14 years at Sony Music Group and then Warner Music Group. After leaving Warner, Gregg co-founded and ran a digital design agency that he sold just prior to joining MoPOP as Head of Business Development.
Gregg holds a B.S. in Finance and a J.D. from Arizona State University. He serves on the Board of progressive early education school Play Mountain Place in Los Angeles, and he volunteered in several capacities at Upstream Music Fest + Summit.
- Pop culture passion: My passion is music — listening to music, collecting records, going to concerts. Everything about it.
- Favorite MoPOP exhibition: Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses.
- Other hobbies: I love games and play a lot of chess and poker, and whenever I can, I ride my Triumph motorcycle out in the woods.
MoPOP Board Member
Davina Inslee is a seasoned technology attorney with more than 20 years of experience focused on general commercial transactions, intellectual property, and licensing. Over the course of her professional career, she has handled a full spectrum of technology and intellectual property matters, including: the negotiation of complex product co-development agreements; collaborative research agreements; public-private partnerships with companies, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions; tech-transfer; and patent licensing and commercialization.
Currently she is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Global Health Labs, a new nonprofit organization created by Gates Ventures and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop innovative solutions to address unmet needs in primary health care centers. There she is responsible for managing the organization’s legal matters and providing strategic guidance and support to senior management and the board on issues involved in carrying out the organization’s mission.
Prior to her current position, she was Counsel at David Wright Tremaine with a primary focus on legal matters in the technology industry, including product development and commercialization, intellectual property and patent licensing, compliance, and distribution, supporting research and development for diagnostics, machine learning, clean energy, and other transformative technologies.
Previously Ms. Inslee served as lead counsel for the Intellectual Ventures technology-development fund, Global Good and Research created by Bill Gates. She also spent a decade as Chief IP Counsel at Vulcan Inc., where she served affiliates such as Vulcan Energy, Interval Licensing, Vulcan Philanthropy, Vulcan Technology, Vulcan Labs, Vulcan Productions Inc., Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, and Allen Institute for Brain Science. Her work included the successful launch of several technology startups.
Ms. Inslee received a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Purdue University and a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law.
- Pop culture passion: Having two teenage boys, my pop culture passion has been Marvel superheroes over the years. I have seen all the movies and know everything there is about Marvel superheroes.
- Other community work: I am involved in the PTA with my sons' schools and I am also on the board of the Center for Children and Youth Justice, an organization focused on bettering the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
- What led you to MoPOP: I became involved with MoPOP because art and pop culture benefits everyone, it builds and strengthens interactions among all people. It connects people. I want to support an organization that is making society a better place for all.
MoPOP Board Member
Michelle is a Partner at KPMG, leading the Internal Audit and Enterprise Risk consulting practice in Seattle. She guides the delivery of consulting services to pre-IPO to Fortune 50 companies. Prior to starting her KPMG career, Michelle served as Controller for three Seattle based tech start-ups and was part of MoPOP’s opening team. For ten years, she ran her own boutique consulting firm working with clients in the biotech and technology industries.
Michelle is passionate about the arts. In addition to the serving on the MoPOP board she held leadership roles on the Board of Directors of the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) for 10 years and produced the award-winning documentary “The Glamour & The Squalor.” She previously held board roles at Seattle Children’s Global Health Guild and the City of Kirkland Tourism Development Committee. She and her husband, Chef Don Curtiss, own the internationally acclaimed Volterra restaurant in Kirkland.
Michelle was named “Woman of Influence,” “Top 40 under 40,” and “Corporate Champion for Arts and Culture” by the Puget Sound Business Journal.
- First pop culture memory: I was obsessed with Hello Kitty.
- What led you to MoPOP: Serving as controller from 1997-2000, I am passionate about MoPOP’s mission and it’s an honor to serve on the board and help the organization continue to evolve.
- Other hobbies: Producing documentary films is one of my passions. My good friend and legendary Seattle radio personality, Marco Collins, and I have produced numerous live music events.