David Giuliani is a Northwest inventor, serial entrepreneur, and business leader. He is the co‑founder and Chair of the Washington Business Alliance, bringing entrepreneurial talent to Washington State governance. He grew up in Silicon Valley, applying his electrical engineering talents at Hewlett Packard, developing some of the world’s first commercial LED products.
David Sherman is a full professor at the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute (Seattle BioMed). He earned his PhD in Biochemistry from Vanderbilt University, and performed post‑graduate work at the Rockefeller University and at Washington University in St. Louis. He began work on M. tuberculosis while at PathoGenesis Corp., where he played a lead role in the discovery and early development of the anti‑TB agent PA‑824 that is now in clinical trials.
Mary Bacarella, Managing Director & Carl Spence, Artistic Director, Seattle International Film Festival
Mary Bacarella, Managing Director
Mary Bacarella came to SIFF after 15 years at the Space Needle LLC/Chihuly Garden and Glass, where she most recently served as the Vice President of Brand Management and Official Spokesperson.
Carl Spence, Artistic Director
Carl Spence, Artistic Director, joined the Seattle International Film Festival/SIFF Group in 1994 as a Festival programmer and head of the Promotions and Marketing team and was promoted to Associate Director in 1998.
John Kelly is responsible for establishing the global responsibility and public policy agenda for Starbucks. He and his team lead Starbucks strategies and functions, including public policy, government affairs, corporate responsibility, and ethical sourcing and environmental impact for all brands, across all business units and geographic regions.
Ben Peterson, King County Noxious Weed Control Program, “Plant Bullies of the Northwest: Why Noxious Weeds are a Big Deal”
Ben Peterson has been with the King County Noxious Weed Control Program (KCNWCP) for over five years, working on both aquatic and terrestrial weed issues. He earned a BS in Rangeland Ecology from Colorado State University in 1998 and an MS in Forest Resources from the University of Washington in 2008. He has 15 years of experience working in the restoration field for federal and local agencies, as well as private ecological restoration companies.
Dr. Lorraine McConaghy is the public historian at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), in Seattle, and a lecturer in Museum Studies at the University of Washington. She has received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching History, the DAR National Heritage Medal for Oral History, the AKCHO Charles Payton Award, and the Annual History Award from the Pacific Northwest Historians Guild.
Brian Turner currently serves on six for profit Boards of Directors, including Microvision, Inc. (Chairman of the Board, Chair of the Compensation Committee), Viewpoint Software (Lead Director), McKinstry, Inc., Solavei Corporation (Chair of Audit and Compensation Committees), Rally Group (Chair of Audit Committee) and InfoArmor, Inc.
One of the most successful and respected coaches in the country, Jim McLaughlin has come to embody Washington volleyball in his second decade in Seattle. The McLaughlin era, thus far, has produced one National Championship, four Final Four appearances, three national players of the year, three Pac‑12 Conference titles, and 15 players that combined for 31 AVCA All‑America awards. Eight times a Husky has earned Academic All‑America, and Husky players have combined for a whopping 55 All‑Pac‑12 awards under McLaughlin.
Daniel Lessler, MD, MHA, FACP, Chief Medical Officer, Washington State Health Care Authority, “The Affordable Care Act and Health Care Reform in Washington State: An Update”
Dr. Daniel Lessler is Chief Medical Officer for the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA), which administers the state’s Medicaid program and Public Employees Benefits. Prior to joining the HCA in May 2013, Dr. Lessler was Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Senior Associate Medical Director at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.