Chris Moore, Executive Director
Chris joined the Washington Trust in 2005 as the organization’s first Field Director. In 2013, Chris became the Washington Trust’s Executive Director, and his responsibilities include day-to-day management and operation of the organization, board governance, fundraising, and human resources. In addition to his executive responsibilities, Chris keeps an active role in the advocacy and outreach work he began as Field Director.
Chris holds a BA in Sociology from the University of California at San Diego and an MA in Preservation Studies from Boston University.
Kristy Conrad, Development Director
Kristy manages the Trust’s fundraising initiatives, including membership, sponsorship, and grants.
Before joining the Trust in 2018, Kristy served as Development Director for the historic Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon. Originally from Idaho, Kristy has an MA in film studies from the University of Reading, England, and a BA in film, gender studies, and creative writing from the College of Idaho. She loves historic theaters, art deco design, classic movies, and baking tasty desserts.
Breanne Durham, Main Street Director
Breanne manages Washington Main Street, a statewide network of communities working to build vitality in their downtown districts using the Main Street Approach®. In this role, she provides support to local Main Street programs across the state and coordinates a variety of educational opportunities. Breanne currently serves as a member of Main Street America’s Leadership Advisory Council.
A native of Eastern Washington, Breanne grew up in Clarkston and is a graduate of Whitworth University in Spokane. Prior to working for the Washington Trust in 2015, Breanne spent five years as the Executive Director of Beautiful Downtown Lewiston, one of Idaho’s first designated Main Street programs.
Alexandra Gradwohl, Project Manager
Alex manages a number of initiatives and special projects for the Washington Trust, including the Historic Cemetery Grant Program and Maritime Washington National Heritage Area. She also coordinates the Washington Trust’s special events, including Vintage WA, the Valerie Sivinski Holiday Benefit, the Youth Heritage Project, and RevitalizeWA, the annual statewide preservation & economic development conference.
A recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest, Alex originally hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan. She holds a BA in History and Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Public History from Loyola University Chicago. Prior to joining the Washington Trust, Alex worked in fundraising events for an environmental nonprofit in the other Washington (DC).
Jonelle McCoy, Main Street Specialist
Jonelle loves exploring new places and downtowns, hunting for the hidden gems that make those places rich with unique people, stories, and heritage. Jonelle joins the Washington Main Street team with a background in community revitalization, civic engagement, human rights and social justice, relationship building, and educational leadership. In her role as Main Street Specialist, she focuses on capacity building and leadership development, primarily for start-up programs, and also manages the Main Street Tax Credit Incentive Program. Jonelle is based in Walla Walla – the town so nice, they named it twice.
When Jonelle‘s not downtown daydreaming about what could go in empty storefronts, you can find her hunting for huckleberries in the Blues, with her nose in a book, or looking at the latest kit-built plane at her hometown Experimental Aircraft Association hangar (Chapter 328).
Jennifer (Jay) Mortensen, Outreach Director
Jay works on the Washington Trust’s advocacy and outreach efforts regarding best historic preservation practices in communities statewide. She manages several programs for the Washington Trust including our Most Endangered Places, the Youth Heritage Project, the Valerie Sivinski Fund, and the Heritage Barn Grant Program.
A northwest native, Jay is originally from Astoria, Oregon, and now lives in Tacoma. She has an MS in Architecture History and Theory (with a Certificate in Historic Preservation) from the University of Washington in Seattle. She has a fondness for industrial architecture – particularly historic concrete – because even utilitarian buildings deserve to be loved!
Cathy Wickwire, Operations Manager
As the Operations Manager, Cathy oversees the day-to-day operation of the organization and the Stimson-Green Mansion. She manages the organization’s financial activities and human resource issues and serves as our in-house docent for guided tours.
A native Washingtonian, Cathy has deep roots that go back several generations on both sides of her family. Born in Spokane, she has spent most of her life in Seattle except for college in Walla Walla at Whitman College and grad school at Boston University where she received an MA in Preservation Studies.
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