The Burke Museum is governed by the University of Washington Board of Regents and administered by the College of Arts and Sciences

Executive Director
Dr. Julie K. Stein

Julie K. Stein photoDr. Julie K. Stein has served as the Burke Museum’s executive director since 2005. Previously she served as the museum’s curator of archaeology. She also maintains a professor position in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington.

Dr. Stein received MA and PhD degrees from the University of Minnesota. Her research expertise includes geoarchaeology and coastal adaptations of prehistoric peoples, particularly in the Northwest Coast. 

Dr. Stein’s curriculum vitae (PDF)

Executive Leadership

Contact information for all Burke staff is available in the staff directory.

Executive Staff
  • Julie K. Stein, Executive Director
  • Melissa Bailey, Director of Government Relations
  • Kate Fernandez, Director of Interpretation
  • Alaina Fuld, Director of External Affairs
  • Tara McCauley, Director of Education
  • Anna O’Donnell, Director of Development
  • Christian Sidor, Associate Director of Research & Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology
  • Hally Swift, Director of Finance & Operations
  • Eldon Tam, New Burke Project Director
Culture Curators
  • Archaeology: Peter Lape
  • Native American Anthropology: Sven Haakanson
  • Native American Art: Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse
  • Oceanic and Asian Culture: Holly Barker
Biology Curators
  • Botany and the Herbarium (WTU): Richard Olmstead
  • Genetic Resources and Herpetology: Adam Leaché
  • Ichthyology: Luke Tornabene
  • Mammalogy: Sharlene Santana
  • Ornithology: John Klicka
Paleontology + Geology Curators
  • Invertebrate Paleontology and Micropaleontology: Elizabeth Nesbitt
  • Paleobotany: Caroline Strömberg
  • Vertebrate Paleontology: Christian Sidor
  • Vertebrate Paleontology: Greg Wilson

The Burke Museum Association (BMA) actively supports the museum by increasing public visibility, raising funds, and providing strong ties to the community. The BMA is a separate 501(c)(3). For more information about the BMA, email burkeadm@uw.edu

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John Howell


Cedar River Group

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Rebecca Wilson


Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

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Ron Irving


University of Washington

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Edgar Marcuse


Community Volunteer

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John Kincaid

Past President

Community Volunteer

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Rex Buck, Jr.

Wanapum Heritage Center, Wanapum Tribe


Dwane Chappelle

Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning


Ellen Ferguson

Co-Chair, Campaign for the New Burke

Community Volunteer

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Ralph Forquera

Community Volunteer

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Alicechandra Fritz

Deloitte Consulting


Sharon Hammel

Community Volunteer

Elise Hebb

Elise Hebb

Madrona Venture Group


Sydnie Heberling

Silver Creek Capital Management

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Chris Hurley

Community Volunteer

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Hunter Jeffers

Mills Myers Swartling


Ellen Look

Community Volunteer


Kristin Luttinen

Community Volunteer

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Doug McTavish

Community Volunteer


Lisa Plath

Community Volunteer

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John Pohl

Triple Creek Development

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Brent Reys

Pistol Creek Company


Jennifer Schubert

City of Seattle

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Spencer F. F. Smith


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Spencer G. Smith

Community Volunteer

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Steve Whiston

The Boeing Company


Melissa Yeager

Cardeas Pharma

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Erin Younger

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

State of Washington
University of Washington
Burke Museum Association Advisory Council
  • Patricia Baillargeon
  • Hugh Bangasser
  • Greg Blume
  • Janet Creighton
  • Mary Dunnam
  • Leonard Forsman
  • Mike Garvey
  • Marie Halverson
  • Mark Hewitt
  • Joyce McCallum
  • Heather Nason
  • Eleanor Nolan
  • Darcy Paschino
  • John Price
  • Alan Rabinowitz
  • Virginia Schafer
  • Bill Stafford
  • Susie Stoller
  • David Towne
  • Bob Wiley
Advisory Boards

The Burke Museum is also guided by its advisory boards.

Native American Advisory Board

The role of Native American Advisory Board members is to provide advice and direction within indigenous efforts that focus on a number of important areas, including exhibits, collections policy, outreach, repatriation and collaborative tribal and museum programs. Its advisors focus on Native American tribes in the Northwest; are involved with museums and cultural center experiences; and/or are cultural heritage specialists. For more information, contact Melissa Bailey at bailey22@uw.edu.

  • Apsaalooke Nation, lisaaksiichaa Ross Braine
  • Colville, Jacqueline Cook
  • Colville, Rodney & Colleen Cawston
  • Lower Elwha Klallam, Roger Fernandes
  • Lummi Nation, Lena Tso
  • Makah, Janine Ledford
  • Muckleshoot, Warren King George
  • Nisqually Indian Tribe, Annette "Nettsie" Bullchild
  • Nuu-chah-nulth, Dr. Charlotte Coté
  • Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Brandon Reynon
  • Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Nicole Barandon
  • Samish, Jan Flagg
  • Squaxin Island Tribe, Charlene Krise
  • Suquamish, Marilyn Jones
  • Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Larry Campbell
  • Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Josephine Jefferson 
  • Tulalip, Cecilia Gobin
  • Umatilla, Armand Minthorn
  • Unangan (Aleut), Adam Osbekoff (Employed at Snoqualmie Indian Tribe)
  • Wanapum, Rex Buck
  • Yakama Nation, Patricia Whitefoot
  • Yakama Nation, Miles R. Miller
  • Zuni/Tlingit, Dr. Miranda Belarde-Lewis
Burke Student Ambassadors

The Burke Student Ambassadors serve as an avenue for communication between the Burke Museum and the UW student body. Applications from UW undergraduate students are accepted in the fall each year. For more information, contact Jamie Lee, Human Resources Manager, at jamiecl@uw.edu or 206.543.6846. 

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