Emily Powell | Director
Emily Powell is the President and third-generation leader of Powell’s Books, one of the largest and most innovative family-owned independent booksellers in the world. Emily grew up in the family business and worked in the bookstores from a very young age. In 2004, she began to prepare for increased responsibility and, ultimately, leadership of the family business. Emily has a BA from Haverford College, and MBAs from the University of California - Berkeley and Columbia University.
Kevin Hoffberg | Director
Kevin has spent his career thinking about and working on some of the most difficult strategic problems facing large organizations. His focus for the first twenty years of his career was on Go-to-Market Strategy, Customer Experience, Sales, Service, Key Accounts, and Customer Relationship Management. Starting in 2002, Kevin focused on the broader topic of quality decision-making and applied that discipline to a broad range of topics and companies. Since 1980, Kevin has been a founder or co-founder of nine different companies. He also served as Chief Knowledge Officer for Onyx Software and from 2010 to 2016, Kevin was the Managing Director of Marketing for the Private Client Services business at Russell Investments. Besides his work on the Green Canopy board, Kevin is also the Executive Director of Vashon Center for the Arts, and a part time citizen farmer.
Peter Orser | Director
Since 2016, Peter has served as director of the Beazer Homes. From 2010-2014, Peter served as the President and Chief Executive Officer for Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company, a subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser Company, where he oversaw five different homebuilding operations across the United States. In July 2014, under his leadership, Weyerhaeuser completed the successful sale of the company. Prior to that, Peter spent almost 25 years in various positions at Quadrant Homes, a leading homebuilder in the state of Washington and a subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser, including serving as President from 2003 to 2010. Peter is active in a number of other civic organizations, including serving as Vice Chair and Acting Director of the Runstad Real Estate Center Advisory Board at the University of Washington, and was recently appointed by the Governor to serve on the Washington State Affordable Housing Advisory Board. Peter holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Washington.
Kate Q. Knight | Director
Kate serves on the New Ventures team at Redfin, the technology-powered brokerage. New Ventures creates businesses and partnerships to dramatically improve the experience of buying and selling homes. Previously, Kate was the National Manager of Redfin Builder Services, Redfin’s first B2B venture.
Prior to Redfin, Kate worked with the AIG Global Real Estate Investment platform in New York. She served the office of the CEO throughout the financial crisis of 2008 and the US Equities team in acquisition, restructuring and asset management for over $2.2B in US multifamily and distressed land holdings. Prior to AIG, she worked with Unitus Microfinance launching fund operations in India.
Active in the community, Kate is a member of the ULI Seattle Multifamily Development Council and the Women’s Leadership Initiative National Steering Committee, and she is a Board Director for Green Canopy Homes. She holds degrees from Columbia Business School and Dartmouth College. She is passionate about bringing data to land use decisions and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
John Du Wors | Director
John is a trial lawyer and partner at Newman/Du Wors Attorneys. His practice emphasizes intellectual property, business, banking, securities and employment law and has litigated hundreds of state and federal court cases and commercial arbitrations throughout the country. His clients include the Boeing Employee’s Credit Union, Widevine Technologies, Inc., Labor Ready, Inc. and the Federal Depository Insurance Corporation. John speaks and writes regularly on legal issues relating to intellectual property and securities litigation. He has served as a chair to the Washington State Bar Association’s Business Law Section’s Publications Committee, and previously served as chairman of the Pasadena Bar Association’s panel on Bankruptcy Business & Commercial Law. An avid lover of the arts, John has volunteered as pro bono legal counsel for The Furious Theater Company, The Lineage Dance Company, and The Washington Ensemble Theater.