Board of Directors

Hedgebrook’s Board of Directors is a dynamic group of leaders who uphold our vision and values by providing creative guidance, nonprofit knowledge and experience, expertise in their areas of interest, and sound financial management. As ambassadors of Hedgebrook in the world, they bring to their work a passion to nurture and amplify women’s voices, and a commitment to Hedgebrook’s sustainability into the future.

Sonora Jha, Ph.D.


Sonora Jha, Ph.D. is a novelist and an Associate Professor of Journalism at Seattle University. Her debut novel, Foreign, was published by Random House India in 2013 and grew out of her work as a journalist, academic, and creative writer. Sonora is a Hedgebrook Alumna.

Eunice Valentine

Vice President

Eunice Valentine is currently Senior Staff/North Bay Director of Pacific Foundation Services. Prior to joining PFS she served as the Executive Director of The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County. Eunice holds a MSW and an MFA, and her published essays include “A Woman in ‘Nam.”

Shauna Woods


Shauna Woods is President of the Pace Woods Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on bettering the lives of individuals through education and cultural activities. She worked for Citibank in New York and Brazil as a Vice-President in corporate banking. Shauna has served as a Washington State Arts Commissioner and has been on the boards of several non-profits focusing on women’s issues and the arts: as Chair and Treasurer of the Center for Women & Democracy and as Board Chair and President of the Seattle Repertory Theater, where she is currently Trustee Emeritus.

Grace Nordhoff

Sustainability Chair

Grace Nordhoff is a small business owner and community volunteer. She lived in North Carolina for 25 years, where she earned her MSW, served on the Board of the Durham Library Foundation, and started a cafe/bakery that’s still going strong. Since moving to Seattle in 2002, she has continued the Nordhoff family support of Hedgebrook, begun by her mother.

Abigail Carter

Abigail Carter wrote The Alchemy of Loss: A Young Widow’s Transformation (HCI, 2008) as a form of catharsis after her husband’s death in the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. She teaches at The Recovery Cafe in Seattle and is on the Board of The Healing Center, a Seattle-based bereavement center for children and their parents.

Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Ph.D.

Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Ph.D., was raised in Nigeria and has lived in Kenya, France, and England. Her first novel, In Dependence, is published by Legend Press (London) and Cassava Republic Press (Abuja). She currently teaches literature at San Francisco University and serves on the board of the Museum of the African Diaspora. Sarah is a Hedgebrook Alumna.

Sue McNab

Sue McNab is a newly retired executive having served with companies as varied as Starbucks and Wizards of the Coast. She currently serves as the volunteer Chair of Humanities Washington. Sue has authored a number of articles on women and power in the workplace and speaks often on the national level regarding issues of business culture transformation and employee engagement. She is an avid sailor, Rotarian, calligrapher and scuba diver who is addicted to travel and adventure.

Ann Medlock

Ann Medlock is a writer and activist. She founded The Giraffe Heroes project in the early 1980s to honor people who stick their necks out for the common good. She’s published a book of poetry, Arias, Riffs & Whispers, and Outing the Mermaid, A Novel of Love, Fear & Misogyny.. Ann is a Hedgebrook Alumna.

Allison Narver

Allison Narver is a director whose recent local credits include Animal Crackers at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Romeo and Juliet at Intiman Theatre; Eurydice at A Contemporary Theater in Seattle; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre; and Little Women at Book-It. Allison has an MFA in directing from the Yale School of Drama.

Elizabeth Rudolf

Elizabeth Rudolf spent nine years on the board of the Seattle Repertory Theatre, and served on the board of Hugo House. Through the Elizabeth D. Rudolf Fund at The Seattle Foundation, she actively supports numerous social service groups in the Pacific Northwest.

Rinku Sen

Rinku Sen is the President and Executive Director of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation and the Publisher of the award-winning news site Colorlines. Under Sen’s leadership, Race Forward has generated some of the most impactful racial justice successes.