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Patricia’s involvement with education began when working as the Director of the civil rights non-profit, NDNs (Indians) for Justice. She had the honor of helping initiate and investigate the Seattle Police Department for practices of discrimination and excessive force on people of color and the homeless with the Department of Justice. Patricia is also an active member of Universal Zulu Nation (UZN), Seattle Chapter, helping with production planning, community organizing and youth mentorship with an emphasis on the foundational mission of Hip Hop as a vehicle of urban solidarity.
Patricia is a recent University of Washington graduate. She holds a BA in Law Societies and Justice and Ethnic Studies, with a Minor in Human Rights and Diversity. She has researched in Peru, South Africa and Canada on Matriarchal Cultures, Storytelling as a form of social justice and healing, the efficacy of Truth & Reconciliation Commissions, and Hip Hop as a social justice movement.
Before working at NAAM, Patricia was the Director of Diversity Efforts at the University of Washington. In her spare time, she enjoys growing her Hip Hop and R&B music collection, learning how to Deejay, learning various cultures, writing on her blog, and being an active member in social justice organizing in the Northwest.
Interim Chief Financial Officer
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Stacie Ford Bonnelle
Interim Project Coordinator
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Olivia Littles Erickson
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Olivia Littles Erickson holds a Ph.D in anthropology from the University of Washington. Her interest in museums and history led to positions at the William S. Hart Museum in Los Angeles, Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, and The D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History at the Newberry Library in Chicago, before she came to NAAM in 2007.
Interim Exhibition & Public Programs Curator
Peggy Allen Jackson
Acting Development Director
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A seasoned fundraiser and enthusiastic roller-up of her sleeves, Peggy brings a decade of arts education nonprofit experience to her role as acting Development Director at NAAM. She is passionate about connecting community members to the mission of the Museum and inviting people in to be a part of shaping the important arts and social justice work happening at NAAM. Born and raised in the northwest (and a proud UW graduate!), Peggy currently resides in South Seattle with her family.
Marie T. Kidhe
Facilities, Rentals and Events Manager
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A proud Seattle native, the Ugandan -American party planner is no stranger to event management. As the former Assistant Manager and Event coordinator for the popular Good Hair Salon, Marie was happily connected to the Museum via their partnership; leading to her consulting in the planning of NAAM’s AfroPunk Bash, Get the Tea: Beauty, Power and Womanhood and Groove and Give Bash before formally becoming a part of the Museum staff.
Ms. Kidhe’s background consists of various administrative management positions within the nonprofit and private sector, while heavily involving herself in the connection of talented people and the volunteering of their services (hers included) for a variety of local charitable events.
Marie has a BS in International Business. Marie is excited to involve and develop her vast network and community engagement skills to the greatness of NAAM.
Dr. Mildred Ollee
Interim Executive Director
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Barbara Earl Thomas
Major Gifts Officer
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Major Gifts Officer, is also, a visual artist and a writer with a longstanding record as an arts administrator. She has overseen programs for Seattle’s Department of Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Northwest’s largest arts festival, Bumbershoot. Her administrative and professional art career spans more than 25 years. She brings a wealth of experience working with most of Seattle’s art organizations as well as with individual artists in all genres.
Helen K. Thomas
Interim Marketing & Communications Manager
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Helen is a Seattle native who recently completed her M.A. in Cultural Studies at University of Washington Bothell. She also holds a B.A. in English from Spelman College. She is passionate about arts marketing and is thrilled to be sharing with the public, all of the wonderful exhibits, events and programs happening at NAAM.
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