UDP Organizational Structure

The U District Partnership is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Directors. The current operating policy is that the Board have a broad representation from throughout the District including two property owners, two business owners, two residents, one social service provider, one business tenant, up to four "at-large" representatives in the District, and four UW representatives. The UDP Board meets on a monthly basis and is governed by bylaws to oversee the work plan of UDP staff and address issues arising in the neighborhood.

The U District Partnership is funded through the use of a Business Improvement Area (BIA). BIAs are self assessing mechanisms enabled by Washington State Law. The U District BIA was expanded in early 2014 to include a larger part of the U District Community. The official city ordinance was passed in April 2015. The BIA has its own Ratepayer's Advisory Board which contracts with the U District Partnership to execute a Strategic Plan. The U District BIA has a tiered assessment structure. Every property owner inside the BIA boundaries pays a base rate of $0.25 for every $1,000 of Total Taxable Value into the General BIA Fund. If a property is located within one of two cleaning areas, there is an additional fee based on the total Lot Area of the property. The Ratepayers Advisory Board meets on a quarterly basis. The 2018/19 BIA Budget can be found here



Sally Clark: UW Director of Regional and Community Relations; Co-Chair

Miles Richardson: Audi Seattle General Manager;  Co-Chair

Andrew McMasters: Jet City Improv Director; Outgoing Chair

Lois Ko: Sweet Alchemy Owner; Business Tenant; Secretary

Rob Lubin: UW Associate Director of Facilities & Capital Planning, Housing & Food Services; Treasurer

Eric Lawson: UW College of Education Assistant Dean

Stephen Antupit: Resident & Property Owner

Jeanette Henderson: UW Director of Real Estate

Barbara Quinn: Resident;  UHCC Board

Louise Little: University Book Store CEO

Alfred Shiga: Shiga’s Imports Owner

Don Schulze: Shultzy’s Bar & Grill Owner

Patricia Simpson: Pastor University Temple United Methodist

Anson Lin: Resident; Astora Construction & Development, LLC Owner

Dawn Perry: Floating Bridge Brewing Owner




Mark Crawford
Interim Executive Director

Mark joined the UDP in January 2018. He has worked in the non-profit sector as an interim executive for the past 10 years with organizations including the Talaris Institute, the Bellevue Arts Museum, the Foundation for Early Learning, the Arc of King County and Northwest Folklife. He has also served as the long-term executive for Portland Center Stage and the Committee for Children. 



Marcus Johnson
Clean & Safe

Marcus joined the UDP team in November of 2015, as the director of the Clean and Safe program, the neighborhood has been steadily improving every day since.



Chase Landrey
Community Engagement

Chase joined the UDP team in April of 2017 as the Community Engagement Coordinator. Having been involved in the U District for the last decade, Chase is excited to do all he can to grow and strengthen the already great community in the local neighborhood.



Evan Morse
Economic Development

Evan joined the UDP team in August of 2018 as the Economic Development Manager. Evan works with both our current and prospective businesses to provide them support and resources they need to thrive in the U District.


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Jennifer Astion
Social Media and Communications

As Communications Coordinator, Jen works on email contacts; contact lists; social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; email newsletters; digital ads; website updates; and other communications projects.