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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chief Financial Officer
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Linda is from South Texas and via way of her husband’s Navy career spent 10 years in Honshu Japan teaching English in public and private schools. Though supporting her husband’s military career she balanced teaching, travelling, and working in various accounting and administrative roles before moving to Whidbey Island in 2001. Since then she has served as finance and administrative director for nonprofits organizations in King and Pierce counties before coming on board to NAAM in June 2013. She brings over 25 years specializing in financial analysis, strategic business planning, general management, process, people, and change management, software implementation, cross-functional team leadership, and complex problem solving. In her free time she enjoys cooking, listening to jazz, and hanging out with family. Favorite Quote: Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor. – Rumi
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.