Holly earned a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin and worked in public libraries for 25 years. Holly served as the Director of Strategy and the Director of Library Operations for the King County Library System for 12 of her 21 years with the system. In June 2020, Holly concluded a 9-month role as the Acting CEO for Leadership Eastside, helping to guide the organization through a major leadership transition.
Holly grew up in Boulder, Colorado and made her home in the Seattle metro area with her husband, Christopher, a musician and a senior lecturer in game design at the DigiPen Institute of Technology. Holly is a quilter, prose and poetry writer, and organic gardener. She also loves to cook, camp and travel.
Holly holds a BFA in Studio Arts, with focus on large scale oil painting and screen printing, and a BA in Art History from the University of Colorado–Boulder. She is an avid student of photography and received a Certificate in Photography from the University of Washington in 2020. She is also learning ceramics – at the Kirkland Arts Center! A lover of animals, Holly is a regular volunteer at Pasado’s Safe Haven, an animal rescue and rehabilitation sanctuary committed to ending animal cruelty.
Holly believes deeply in the individual and collective power of creative expression, building caring and connected communities, assisting and empowering those in need, and equity for all. She is honored to serve on the Board of Directors of the Kirkland Arts Center.