Mark Torrance is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and founder of the Mark Torrance Foundation. Since forming the foundation in 2000, Mark has guided its work supporting hundreds of non-profit organizations working to create healthy and vibrant communities.
A native of Seattle, Mark attended Gonzaga Prep and The University of Washington. He founded Yesco Foreground Music which merged with Muzak LLP. He went on to found Photo Disc which combined with Getty Communications Ltd. from London to form Getty Images, Inc.
Mark now runs The Toba Group, a single family office which oversees family holdings in real estate, publishing, communications and other ventures. He has served on the Boards of the Nature Conservancy, the Pacific Science Center, The Northwest Children's Fund and others.
Chris Birkeland is an expert in finance and operations for small, fast growing companies. His background includes various roles as a business consultant and investor as well as eight years as vice president of finance and operations for PhotoDisc, Inc. (Getty Images) and 20 years at Sugar Mountain Capital. As a partner at Sugar Mountain Capital and VP Production, Chris is responsible for the business development and operations development of companies such as Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Pasta & Co., Sugar Mountain Livestock and other various portfolio companies.
Currently Chris is heading up eCommerce and business strategy for RPI Print and Blurb.com; innovators in print-on-demand services worldwide.
Chris has served on the board of the Ackerley Group, a publicly traded diversified media company, and serves as president and trustee of The Bishop Fleet Foundation. Chris is a graduate of the University of Southern California entrepreneurial program.
Mike Mathieu is an entrepreneur focused on using the power of technology to advance the common good. As Chairman of Front Seat, he has served as an active founder, investor, or advisor to dozens of civic, political, and for-profit tech startups. Mike is co-founder of Walk Score and founder and former CEO of All Star Directories, an INC 500-listed online marketing company serving the higher education market, and he spent a decade at Microsoft where he was general manager of MSN.com. He holds a BA from Harvard and lives in Seattle.
Paul Okner is a practicing attorney and principal at Fremont Law, PLLC, a real estate and commercial law firm based in Seattle.
Paul graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University with dual degrees in Economics and Russian, received his Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School, and completed the certificate in commercial Real Estate program at the University of Washington. Paul's pro bono work includes serving as a volunteer attorney with a variety of nonprofit organizations around Puget Sound.
Dana Bass Solomon has over 25 years of senior management in hospitality and social business, leading and working with diverse organizations such as Hollyhock, a transformational lifelong learning organization and innovator in creative culture and social entrepreneur networks; PURPPL-working with leaders to build the capability and capacity to implement sustainable business and impact models; Cavallo Point, Osmosis, Two Bunch Palms and the Jean Michel Cousteau Resort.
Dana serves as a director of Terracycle Foundation, the Forever Land Trust Foundation, and Reef Point Farm, in addition to the Mark Torrance Foundation.
A proud mother of four adult children and happy grandmother of five, Dana loves to swim in the ocean and walk in the forest with her husband Joel Solomon, and enjoys the joy of laughter shared with family and friends.
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