Giving back to the community is extremely important to Mark and Jeff. They contribute their time and resources to a number of different organizations in the South Sound.
Tacoma Arts Live is a non-profit organization that manages three city owned theaters in downtown Tacoma, including the historic Pantages Theater. Their mission is to energize community through live performance, and they offer a diverse slate of programming and educational services in support of that mission. Mark has been a Board Trustee for the organization since 2012, and he is currently serving as Board President.
Founded in 1990, UW Tacoma is an urban serving university with a 46-acre campus located right in the heart of downtown Tacoma. The student body is extremely diverse, both in terms of ethnicity and age, and many students are the first in their family to attend college. Mark has served on two different community advisory boards for the university – one for the Urban Studies program and one for the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.
Named by USA Today as one of the “Top 10 Places to See Art in Smaller Cities”, the Tacoma Art Museum serves as a vital anchor institution downtown. With a focus on regional art, the museum has recently undergone two major expansions – one to accommodate the Haub Family Collection of Western Art and one for the Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Collection. Jeff has served on the museum’s Board of Trustees since 2013.
With one campus at Fort Steilacoom and one in Puyallup, Pierce College was recently recognized as one of the top five community colleges in the country by the prestigious Aspen Institute, based on their strong record of improvement. The student body at Pierce includes a large number of first generation college students, many who must overcome significant obstacles in order to complete their studies. The Pierce College Foundation was established to better support these students in need. Jeff has served on the Foundation Board since 2017.