Photo: Olson Kundig
Photo: Olson Kundig

UW College of Arts & Sciences

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

Executive Director

portrait of julie steinJulie K. Stein

Dr. Julie K. Stein was appointed Executive Director of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in 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, and was Divisional Dean of Research, Computing, and Facilities for the College of Arts and Sciences. 
Dr. Stein received her M.A and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota and her B.A degree from Western Michigan University. Her research interests are in geoarchaeology, especially studies involving Northwest Coast shell middens. She has excavated archaeological sites on Washington’s San Juan Islands since 1983, and continues to collaborate on research projects involving geoarchaeology. 

Executive Staff

  • Judith Austin, Director of Development
  • Kate Fernandez, Director of Interpretation
  • Peter Lape, Associate Director of Research & Curator of Archaeology
  • Lisa Lau, Director of Communications
  • Jamie Lee, Director of Human Resources
  • Alvin Logan, Jr., Director of Education
  • Polly Olsen, Director of Diversity, Equity, Access, Inclusion & Decolonization / Tribal Liaison
  • Hally Swift, Director of Finance & Operations


  • Holly Barker, Oceanic & Asian Culture
  • Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse, Native American Art
  • Sara Gonzalez, Archaeology
  • Sven Haakanson, Native American Anthropology
  • Peter Lape, Archaeology
  • Adam Leaché, Genetic Resources & Herpetology
  • Richard Olmstead, Herbarium
  • Alejandro Rico-Guevara, Ornithology
  • Sharlene Santana, Mammalogy
  • Christian Sidor, Vertebrate Paleontology
  • Caroline Strömberg, Paleobotany
  • Luke Tornabene, Ichthyology
  • Greg Wilson Mantilla, Vertebrate Paleontology

Burke Museum Association Officers

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Elise Hebb
Community Volunteer

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Hunter Jeffers
Vice President
Community Volunteer

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Tiffany Clark
Education Consultant

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Brian Vautour
Amazon Web Services

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Rebecca Wilson
Past President
Physio Foundation

Fundraising Board

Burke Museum Association

The Burke Museum Association actively supports the museum by raising funds for programming and growth, strengthening ties to our diverse communities and fostering recognition of the Burke as a museum leader.

The BMA is a separate 501(c)(3). For more information about the BMA, email burkeadm@uw.edu.

Burke Museum Association

Brittany Bakken

Kiana Lodge, Suquamish Tribe

Geri Ann Baptista


Mike Bruemmer


Lester Brown

Pine Street Group

Rex Buck, Jr.

Wanapum Tribe

Dwane Chappelle

Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning

Heather Coldwell

Davis Wright Tremaine

Anne Delaney

Columbia Pacific Wealth Management 

Ellen Ferguson

Community Volunteer

Cezanne Garcia

Community Volunteer

Indira Gillingham


Elise Hebb

Community Volunteer

Chris Hurley

University of Washington

Hunter Jeffers

Community Volunteer

Leslie Kincaid-Lawrence

Convoy, Inc.

Janine Ledford

Makah Cultural and Research Center, Makah Tribe

Ellen Look

Community Volunteer

Kristin Luttinen

Community Volunteer

Edgar Marcuse

Community Volunteer

Joe McKinstry

Joseph McKinstry Construction Company

Kisha Xiomara Palmer

The Institute for Inclusive Leadership

Brian Screnar

New Profit

Kirsten Turner

Community Volunteer

Tiffany Clark

Education Consultant

William Urschel

Accord Partners, LLC

Brian Vautour

Amazon Web Services

Rebecca Wilson

Physio Foundation

Erin Younger

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage


State of Washington

The Hon. Jay R. Inslee
Governor, State of Washington

University of Washington

Ana Mari Cauce
President, University of Washington

Rogelio Riojas
Chair, Board of Regents, University of Washington

Robert Stacey
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Washington

Burke Museum Association Advisory Council

Greg Blume

George W. Counts

Jan Creighton

Mary Dunnam

Sheila Edwards Lange

Leonard Forsman

Alicechandra Fritz

Mike Garvey

Marie Halverson

Sydnie Heberling

John Howell

Ron Irving

Eleanor Nolan

Darcy Paschino

John Pohl

John Price

Brent Reys

Jennifer Schubert

Spencer G. Smith

Susie Stoller

David Towne

Steve Whiston

Melissa Yeager

Advisory Board

Native American Advisory Board

The Native American Advisory Board provides essential advice and direction as to the Burke Museum’s efforts in a number of important areas including, but not limited to, exhibits, collections, community outreach, repatriation, education, research, and collaborative relations with tribal and museum programs. Its membership focuses on Native American colleagues in the Northwest who are museum specialists, natural resource specialists, artists, experienced traditional knowledge keepers, or cultural heritage specialists.

The NAAB is led by an Executive Committee who are elected by Tribal governments to guide the board. For more information,
contact Polly Olsen (Yakama), Tribal Liaison, at polly@uw.edu.

Executive Committee

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Rex Buck Jr., Chairman


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Warren KingGeorge


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Connie McCloud


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Marilyn Wandry


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Josephine Jefferson

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

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Yellowash Washines


Native American Advisory Board

lisaaksiichaa Ross Braine

Apsaalooke Nation

Jacqueline Cook


Rodney & Colleen Cawston


Arlene Wheeler

Lower Elwha Klallam

Lena Tso

Lummi Nation

Janine Ledford


Warren KingGeorge


Annette "Nettsie" Bullchild

Nisqually Indian Tribe

Dr. Charlotte Coté


Brandon Reynon

Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Charlotte Basch

Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Connie McCloud

Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Jan Flagg

Samish Nation

Josephine Jefferson

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Charlene Krise

Squaxin Island Tribe

Marilyn Jones


Marilyn Wandry


Cecilia Gobin


Bobbie Conner


Teara Farrow Ferman


Adam Osbekoff

Unangan (Aleut) (Employed at Snoqualmie Indian Tribe)

Rex Buck Jr.


Davis "Yellowash" Washines

Yakama Nation

Patricia Whitefoot

Yakama Nation

Dr. Miranda Belarde-Lewis


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Our Work

At the Burke, we bring together people, objects and the stories that make them meaningful.

Photo: Mark Stone/University of Washington
Photo: Mark Stone/University of Washington