Ellen Walker – Council Chair, Managers

Ellen Walker is in her sixteenth season with Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, Washington. Ms. Walker oversaw significant growth of PNB’s audience during her tenure as Director of Marketing & Communications for PNB, with an emphasis since 2009 on the cultivation of young audiences. She was named PNB’s Executive Director in July 2014, and now oversees an operating budget of $26 million and a staff of 715 full and part-time staff members. Prior to joining PNB, Ms. Walker was a marketing and sponsorship consultant to arts and civic organizations in Seattle, and managed numerous projects for Seattle Center and Seattle Center Foundation. From 1988 to 2000 she was Director of Marketing for Seattle Children’s Theatre, where she managed successful efforts to triple the size of the audience for this renowned regional theatre serving young people and families. Before stepping into her latest role, Ms. Walker also served on the faculty of Seattle University’s MFA Arts Leadership program, teaching arts marketing to a new generation of nonprofit arts leaders. Ms. Walker is a native of Seattle, Washington with degrees from the University of Washington.

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