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.

Eunice Valentine

Board President

Serving on the Board since 2014, Eunice is currently the Board President. As a Senior Program Officer with Pacific Foundation Services (PFS) in San Francisco, Eunice manages their Santa Rosa, CA office. She holds a MSW from Ohio State University and an MFA in writing and literature from Emerson College. Volunteers as a mentor and advisor for several international women’s programs, including one in Danang, Vietnam.

Sue McNab

Vice President

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.

Shauna Woods


Shauna Woods is current Treasurer of the Hedgebrook Board and former Board President. She is President of the Pace Woods Foundation, an organization focused on bettering the lives of individuals through education and cultural activities. She is also a Board Chair and Treasurer of the Center for Women & Democracy.

Rinku Sen

Board Secretary

Rinku Sen is a writer and a political strategist. She currently serves as Senior Strategist at Race Forward, having formerly served as Executive Director and Publisher of their award-winning news site Colorlines. Her books Stir it Up and The Accidental American theorize a model of community organizing that integrates a political analysis of race, gender, class, poverty, sexuality, and other systems.

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.

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 debut memoir The Alchemy of Loss: A Young Widow’s Transformationwas a form of catharsis after her husband’s death in the World Trade Center on 9/11. She published her first novel, Remember the Moon in 2014. Her role as Site Director for led to her current career as a freelance WordPress developer/designer.

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.

Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Ph.D.

Sarah Ladipo Manyika was raised in Nigeria and has lived in Kenya, France, and England. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and for several years, taught literature at San Francisco State University. She's a Patron of the Etisalat Prize for Literature and Books Editor at Her second novel “Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun” was shortlisted for the 2016 Goldsmiths Prize.

Jessika Auerbach

Jessika Auerbach is a writer, wine-maker and world traveler who has lived and worked in 8 countries on 3 continents. She has an MFA from NYU/TischAsia, and has served on a number of performing arts boards, both internationally and in NY. Her book, And Nanny Makes Three, was published in 2007. She now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughters.

Elizabeth Méndez Berry

Elizabeth Méndez Berry leads the Nathan Cummings Foundation’s investments in the arts and media. Her work is included on syllabi at colleges around the country, and she has lectured at Princeton, Duke University, Texas A&M, Jackson State and Hunter College. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University.

Donna P. Hall

Donna Hall has served as the President & CEO of the Women Donors Network (WDN) since August 2002. Hall’s career has crisscrossed the public and private sectors as a manager, strategic planner, foundation executive and deputy director of a woman’s think tank. Donna Hall earned her MBA and BA degrees from Stanford University and her MPH from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. She is a member of the Women’s Forum West and the International Women’s Forum.

Judy Belk

Judy Belk is a writer and philanthropic leader. She currently serves as President & CEO of The California Wellness Foundation. Judy currently serves on the board of the Surdna Foundation and is a former board member of the Marlborough School for Girls, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California, the Ms. Foundation for Women and The Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Allison Narver

An award-winning stage director whose work has been seen at theatres across the country, Allison was the Resident Director for The Lion King (Director, Julie Taymor) both in London and on Broadway in New York. She is the former Artistic Director of The Empty Space Theater, Annex Theater and The Yale Cabaret. Allison directed numerous productions written by Hedgebrook alumnae including Sarah Ruhl, Kathleen Tolan, Karen Hartman, Alva Rogers, Naomi Iizuka, Theresa Rebeck, and Erin Cressida Wilson.