Ratepayer Advisory Board

About the University District Business Improvement Area’s Ratepayer Advisory Board

An Interim Ratepayer Advisory Board was appointed by the Seattle City Director of the Office of Economic Development in September 2020.  The Director shall appoint an Inaugural Board by the end of October 2020.

Find Ratepayer Advisory Board Meeting Minutes, Agendas, and Legal documents here.

It is responsible for making recommendations to the Director of Finance on the annual work plan and budget for the U District Business Improvement Area (UDBIA) in accordance with the established UDBIA Bylaws.

 

The 2020 ordinance stipulates the following for its membership:

  • Two members must be a resident (owner and renter)
  • Three members must be a commercial tenants of which, at least two shall be NNN lessees.
  • 80% of members or more must be Ratepayers (as that term is defined by the City)
  • One member must be a Ratepayer contributing less than 0.5% of the total assessment.
  • No more than 5 members may represent the University of Washington
  • There is an annual meeting of all Ratepayers

 

Current Board Member

OFFICERS

  • MAUREEN EWING, CO-CHAIR – U HEIGHTS COMMUNITY CENTER
  • AARON HOARD, VICE CHAIR – UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
  • KATE BARR, TREASURER – SCARECROW VIDEO – COMMERCIAL TENANT)
  • CHRIS GILES, SECRETARY – RESIDENT (TENANT)

MEMBERS

  • ANDREW MCMASTERS – JET CITY IMPROV – COMMERCIAL TENANT
  • MARIA BARRIENTOS – BARRIENTOS LLC
  • MAX BLUME – BLUME COMPANY REAL ESTATE
  • DAVID COHANIM – WHITEFALL LLC
  • LORA GASTINEAU – RESIDENT (OWNER)
  • POLLY YORIOKA – UNIVERSITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
  • JEREMY EKNOIAN – UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
  • LINCOLN JOHNSON- UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
  • NIKOLE O’BRYAN – NIKOLE O’BRYAN DDS
  • ASUW STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE
  • SANDY SUN – COMPASS
  • HUI TIAN – STUDION 19 ARCHITECTS
  • MARY KAY GUGERTY – UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
  • MIKE POLZIN – AMERICAN CAMPUS COMMUNITIES
  • CHRIS PETERSON – ALLEGRO CAFÉ – COMMERCIAL TENANT