Royal’s impactful work in connecting communities around public sector government and the arts spans over 35 years. She joined LHPAI in 2009. Her collaborative arts expertise has allowed her to develop viable financial and program infrastructure for eight major city arts/museum organizations. Royal, as expert in discipline, has lectured, taught and presented in the fields of visual arts, art history, art education, pluralistic community building and public infrastructures. Her diverse audiences have included university and professional groups. She is a 2008 recipient of the prestigious University of Washington Charles E. Odegaard Award for Outstanding Achievement, was a 2009 city of Seattle Youth Commission Policy Leader, and received the 2010 John C. Little Spirit Award and 2012 Ford Motor Company National “Freedom Sister” Award. A requested speaker and International, artist Royal holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master Arts Teaching from the University of Washington.

Sandra Boas-DuPree, OPERATIONS

Sandra has a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from the University of Washington. After working as a contract specialist with Sedgewick Payne, where she managed multi-million dollar international accounts, she came aboard LHPAI in 2003. Her artistic lineage starts with her father, the noted jazz pianist Kenny Boas, one of Seattle’s celebrated jazz-era musicians. It continues as a founding member of The Mahogany Project. Her play Journey from Spruce Street premiered in the 2007 Mahogany Project’s theater festival. Sandra’s plays, including Sister Fusion and Black Label, challenge simple-minded stereotypical beliefs about African Americans and reveal her family’s vanguard confrontation of racist barriers in Seattle. A social activist, her careers have always included involvement in race and social justice initiatives in both public and private sectors.


Kristi Woo Matsuda, EDUCATION

Kristi has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington, with a background in community development and education. She is dedicated to preserving history and legacies while empowering individuals through public access to the performing arts. A former education manager for the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, Kristi led educational pursuits in and around Seattle’s Chinatown-International District and Nihonmachi (Japan Town). Her commitment to cultural legacies and wealth brought her to LHPAI in 2005. Her innovation in bridge-building with schools and low income communities around arts education is well respected. She has volunteered and worked with pluralistic communities in Seattle’s Rainier Valley, Chinatown/International District and the Central Area neighborhoods for more than 20 years. Kristi is a member of the Greater Seattle Minority Executive Directors Group.


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