Gage Academy of Art is guided by a board of local and national advisors with expertise in educational, business and nonprofit affairs, and an artistic advisory board comprised of nationally and internationally recognized artists and gallery owners from around the world.

Gage continues to seek and recruit community leaders with a passion for arts education to serve on a variety of committees and the Board of Trustees. Please contact Renate Raymond to learn more about leadership opportunities at Gage.

Meet our Board of Trustees!


Nirupa Shah

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Mary Fisher

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Kit Herrod

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Erik Haroldson

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Christine Gedye

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Kristine Travaglini

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Anna Dang

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Barry Jennings

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Ben Kalman

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Sean Higgins

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Laura Hoppenjans

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Pamela Johnson

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Connie Mao

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Patricia Pugsley

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Pamela Taylor

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Mary Fisher

A newcomer to the Pacific Northwest, Mary is coming off of a 7-year tenure serving in various roles at the National Academy of Design in New York including School Administrative Director and, most recently, Interim Executive Director.  While there, she focused on managing organizational change by building partnerships, redefining and updating the mission and its implementation, and expanding the institution's reach to new diverse audiences.

Mary holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics with a concentration in innovation and entrepreneurship, and an MA in Intercultural Communication from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Past adventures include teaching French and Latin, translation, and advising international artists on immigration processes.

As a Board Trustee, Mary aims to support artists administratively so they have more time to devote to their craft. Currently, she also volunteers with animal care organizations in the Seattle area and works for an international NGO. 

In recognition of the national examination of systemic racism and injustices, Gage Academy of Art is committed to continued analysis and expansion of our own institutional practices.

Land Acknowledgment: Gage Academy of Art would like to acknowledge that we stand on the traditional ancestral lands of the Coast Salish peoples—specifically the Duwamish People, past and present—and honor, with gratitude, the land itself, the Duwamish Tribe, and their ancient heritage. Without them, we would not have access to this gathering, dialogue and learning space. We ask that we take this opportunity to thank the original caretakers of this land, who are still here.

Non-Discrimination Policy: Gage Academy of Art does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, age, religion, or ethnic origin in administration of its educational and admission policies, scholarships, and any school administered programs

Gage Academy of Art is committed to social justice in a diverse democracy

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