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Meet the Board
Sharon Foster, Board Chair
Sharon Foster, of Olympia, was appointed as the Board Chair in August 2009.
She is a retired self-employed contract lobbyist. Among her clients were the YMCA, the Council of Youth Agencies, the California Wine Institute, NARAL, Community Mental Health, the Washington Restaurant Association, Oracle and Traffic Safety Education. Prior to becoming a registered lobbyist, Foster was the Washington Director of the YMCA Youth and Government Program for 10 years.
Foster has been on the Heritage Park Board, overseers of the Capitol Lake park area on the campus of the Washington State Capitol, for 21 years and is a steering committee member of Oly 2012, which is dedicated to enhancing the viability of downtown Olympia.
Ruthann Kurose, Board Member
Ruthann Kurose, of Mercer Island, was appointed to the Board in January 2007. She serves on the KCTS Public Television Advisory Board, the Seattle Art Museum Community Advisory Board, and the Wing Luke Museum Capital Campaign Committee. She has served as chair of the Bellevue Community College Board of Trustees for 15 years.
Kurose has a long history of public service working on congressional legislative policy in Washington D.C., and on economic development policy in the cities of Seattle and Tacoma.
Chris Marr, Board Member
Chris Marr, of Spokane, was appointed to the Board in February 2011. Prior to his appointment to the Board, Marr served as a State Senator for the 6th District in Spokane from 2006 to 2010. His roles in the Senate included Vice-Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, and Majority Whip. He also served on the Human Services & Corrections, Environment, Water and Energy Committee and the Health and Long Term Care Committees.
Marr has also served on the Board of Regents of Washington State University (WSU) and the Board of Governors of the WSU Foundation. He formerly chaired the Board of Empire Health Services and Inland Northwest Health Services, as well as the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Washington State Transportation Commission. Marr has a 20 year history of civic involvement in public policy and state and local politics.
Prior to his election in the Senate, Marr spent twenty years as managing partner of the Foothills Auto Group in Spokane, after working in management at Ford Motor Company and McDonald’s Corporation.