Lisa has been the Executive Director of the Society since 2006 and brings a unique blend of talents to the organization. She is a lover of all things historic but also believes that we make history every single day. Lisa would love to bring a Jewish Heritage Center or Museum to our community.
As a CPA with over 20 years experience, and with a Masters degree in taxation, Lisa has extensive experience conducting complex research programs. Using her Certificate in Museum Studies from UW, she has produced programs and exhibits that have been well received not only by the Jewish community, but also by the general public of Washington State. Lisa continues to reach out to many organizations to form partnerships and develop public awareness.
Lisa serves as a Board Member on the Association of King County Historical Organizations, is a past recipient of the Gus Norwood Volunteer Scholarship from the Washington Museum Association, a winner of a Fellowship from the Council of American Jewish Museum Association and was awarded a grant by the American Association of State and Local History for Project Management at the Washington State History Museum.
As Engagement Manager, Jessica is responsible for marketing and communications strategy and execution for the Society. She plays a significant role in membership and development, dedicated to promoting the mission of the historical society through various channels. The ultimate goal of her work is to build awareness of the WSJHS and its projects, knowledge of the history of the Jewish people and communities of Washington State, and the maintenance and development of an active membership base.
Jessica graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor degree in public relations. She is a natural organizer and event planner and lends those skills to WSJHS events and projects. Before joining the Society, Jessica planned events ranging from industry networking happy hours, weddings, synagogue youth group events, auctions, galas, -- even a 200-person Passover Seder in rural Washington!
Jessica is a third-generation Seattleite with deep ties to the Seattle-area Jewish community. Growing up, she loved to listen to her grandfather's stories about the way Seattle used to be. She believes that Jewish communities have always revolved around storytelling and that it is vital to preserve the stories of our own local Jewish history. When not working or event-planning, Jessica enjoys reading, playing with her two dogs, gardening, live music, cooking, and spending time with her family.
In addition to the office staff, the WSJHS contracts with a professional archivist to maintain and grow the Washington State Jewish Archives collection housed at the University of Washington.
Eileen earned her master’s degree in Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia in 2010. Since then she has worked as in archivist at museums, universities, and historical societies in Canada, Arizona, California, and New Mexico. What she enjoy most about working as an archivist is discovering stories that have been hidden for decades in personal papers and photographs.
In addition to her master’s degree, Eileen also has a bachelor’s degree in Literary and Critical Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and a certificate in Celtic Studies.
Eileen is originally from Wisconsin. But has lived in Ireland, Norway, Canada, and across the United States over the last ten years. She and her husband moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2015 to put down roots. In her spare time she enjoys reading, kayaking, baking, traveling, personal genealogy, and spending time with her husband and two cats.
The Jewish Archives document the fascinating history of Jews and Jewish communities in Washington State, beginning with the first settlers in 1853. Explore the treasures stored in our archives now! Read more.
Introducing our newest project, Passport to Washington. The WSJHS is capturing a variety of journey stories from Jewish residents throughout Washington. Learn more.
We're nothing without you! The WSJHS relies heavily on the efforts of our volunteers to put on programs, publish books, maintain our archives, and plan events. Find out how you can help. Read more.