S T A F F

Caroline Cumming

Executive Director

A native of Ireland, Caroline arrived in Seattle at the height of the dot com boom as a producer of online development and digital media technologies. After moving to the non-profit sector, she has served various Seattle arts organizations in administration, strategic planning, fundraising and programming. She joined Folio in 2016 as Business Manager before focusing on Development and Communications. With a strong background in Computer Applications and Communications, and a passion for media literacy, Caroline has developed and taught writing, filmmaking and media literacy programming for youth and adults. She also co-founded the Irish Reels Film Festival and produced MINOR DIFFERENCES, a documentary film that chronicles the 18 year journey of five former juvenile offenders.

caroline@folioseattle.org

Lillian Dabney

Library Manager

Lillian Dabney has been involved in every aspect of the book, from fierce reader, to book binder and is an advocate of all things literary. She has served on the board of the Washington Book Arts Guild and Friends of the Seattle Public Library. She received a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington and worked at the Seattle Public Library as an on-call reference and readers services librarian.

lillian@folioseattle.org

Tess Selim

Membership and Development Coordinator

Tess comes to Folio with 10 years of experience in digital marketing, events and development both in the US and Saudi Arabia with her most recent role being Digital Marketing Manager at Amazon. A digital professional with a passion for gender equality in tech, Tess founded GCON, a gaming community and annual convention for women players and developers in Saudi Arabia. Her non-profit experience includes fundraising for the Womxn’s March on Seattle, ReelGrrls and Arts Ed Washington, where she currently serves as a Board member.

tess@folioseattle.org

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​BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tom Lombardo

President

Tom Lombardo is a financial advisor with Baird. He has participated on the boards of several Seattle area non-profit organizations in the educational and cultural fields, most recently as past president and treasurer of The Northwest School, a private middle and high school in Seattle serving domestic and international students. In addition to Folio, he currently serves on the board of The World Affairs Council of Seattle, and tutors citizenship and English as a second language with St. James Immigrant Assistance.

Margit Rankin

Vice President

The former Executive Director of Artist Trust and Seattle Arts & Lectures, Margit also served as Associate Director for the University of Washington’s Simpson Center for the Humanities. For over 15 years Margit has developed public arts and humanities programs in partnership with local arts organizations. She has also taught literature courses at the college and secondary levels in the U.S. and abroad. Margit has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University, a B.A. cum laude from Yale University, and completed Stanford Business School’s Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders.

Katherine Alberg Anderson

Treasurer

Katherine Alberg Anderson is the owner of The London Plane and Marigold and Mint. She is also an organic farmer, floral designer, arts writer, and landscape architect. She holds degrees in literature and architecture from Harvard.

Morton Kondracke

Secretary

Morton Kondracke is a former Washington, DC, journalist who still writes columns for the website RealClearPolitics.com. He was executive editor of Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, and The New Republic and Washington bureau chief for Newsweek. He also was a panelist on The McLaughlin Group and Fox News’s Special Report and The Beltway Boys; and was a panelist on the 1984 presidential debate on foreign policy. He is the author of two books Saving Milly: Love, Politics and Parkinson’s Disease and Jack Kemp: The Bleeding Heart Conservative Who Changed America. Mort currently lives with his wife Marguerite on Bainbridge Island.

Gary Ackerman

Gary Ackerman is an attorney at Foster Pepper and also serves as Board President of the Book Club of Washington. An avid reader he prefers used book stores to new. His eclectic collecting interests include Robertson Davies, A.E. Housman, Dard Hunter, Frank Lloyd Wright, architecture and design (arts and crafts, art nouveau, art deco), golf (Bernard Darwin), Ludwig Bemelmens, Boswell/Johnson and the Adams family.

Jonathan Franklin

Jonathan is the Associate Dean for Library and Information Systems at the University of Washington School of Law. Jonathan has written articles on information licensing and international law issues as well as having taught a course at the law school on Preservation of Indigenous Cultural Heritage. He earned his A.B., A.M. Anthropology and J.D. degrees from Stanford University and M.Libr. with a Certificate in Law Librarianship from the University of Washington. Prior to the University of Washington, he spent five years as a reference librarian and foreign law selector at the University of Michigan Law Library. In law school, he was a Senior Editor of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal and a Note Editor for the Stanford Law Review.

Mary Ann Gwinn

Mary Ann Gwinn, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalistwrites about books for The Seattle Times, Newsday, Booklist and other publications. She was the book editor at the Seattle Times for 18 years. She’s vice president/secretary for the National Book Critics Circle board and has served as a Pulitzer juror.

John Hart

John Hart joined the UW faculty as a Law Lecturer in 2013 where he has taught Conflict of Laws, Jurisprudence and Constitutional Rights, as well as a course on Land Use Law and Policy. Previously he taught for nine years at Duke University, where he was a Senior Lecturing Fellow at the Law School; and as a Lecturer at the University of Chicago, in the Law School and in the Law, Letters and Society program in the College. He began his teaching career in 1986 at Widener University School of Law and has also taught at the University of Illinois, DePaul University, Valparaiso University and the Chicago-Kent College of Law. John has published numerous articles in the Harvard Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review and other journals on the history of land use regulation in America.

Linda Jenning

Linda Kramer Jenning is an independent journalist and journalism educator. In Washington, D.C., she served as the DC editor for Condé Nast’s Glamour magazine and taught in the graduate journalism program at Georgetown University until moving to Bainbridge Island in 2017. She is a graduate of Smith College and earned a master’s in creative nonfiction from John Hopkins. Linda is past president of the Journalism and Women Symposium and has served on the boards of the Smith College Alumnae Association, Running Start (a DC-based organization), and Arts & Humanities Bainbridge.

Bharat Shyam

Bharat loves books and travel. In his professional life he has worked as a General Manager at Microsoft, as the Chief Information Officer on the Washington State Cabinet and as an entrepreneur and angel investor.

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