UDP Organizational Structure
The U District Partnership is a 501 (c)(3) Non Profit Organization governed by a Board of Directors. In its articles of incorporation the UDP has mandated 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 over see 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 taxing mechanisms enabled by Washington State Law. The U District BIA was expanded in early 2014 to include a larger swath of the U District Community, the official city ordinance was passed in April 2015. The BIA has its own Ratepayer's Advisory Board who 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 pay a base rate of $0.25 for every $1,000 of Total Taxable Value into the General BIA Fund, additional 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 BIA Budget can be found here.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sally Clark: UW Director of Regional and Community Relations; Co-Chair
Miles Richardson: Audi Seattle; 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
Doug Campbell: Bulldog News Owner; Business Tenant
Andy Sharpe: Executive Director of University Family YMCA
Stephen Antupit: Resident & Property Owner
Theresa Doherty: Senior Project Director, Campus Master Plan & U District Collaborations, UW Planning & Management
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 Owner
Patricia Simpson: Pastor University Temple United Methodist
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.
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 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 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.
Social Media and Communications
Jen is excited to be working at UDP as the Communications Coordinator, starting in April 2018. She works on email contacts; contact lists; social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; newsletters; and other communications projects. Jen encourages anyone hoping to reach her to contact her by email.