Leadership

At Fred Hutch, we have a daring vision: a world that’s free of cancer. To make it happen, we are relying on the talents of more than 3,000 dedicated faculty and staff who work at the top of their game every day. From our president and division leaders to our Board of Trustees and Board of Ambassadors, meet the leaders who are guiding us to bigger, bolder breakthroughs.

Executive Vice Presidents  |  Scientific Division Directors  |  Vice Presidents  |  Board of Trustees  |  Board of Ambassadors

President and Director

Gary Gilliland

Gary Gilliland, M.D., Ph.D.

With a scientific career that spans Harvard Medical School and Merck Research Laboratories, Dr. Gilliland is an expert in cancer genetics and precision medicine. He has devoted his life to finding better treatments and cures.

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Executive Vice Presidents and Deputy Directors

Fred Appelbaum

Fred Appelbaum, M.D.

Dr. Appelbaum is a leading expert in the research and treatment of blood cancers. Chief among his duties is leadership of Fred Hutch’s strategic research partnerships with the National Institutes of Health and other agencies.

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Bruce Clurman

Bruce Clurman, M.D., Ph.D.

In his tenure at Fred Hutch, Dr. Clurman has worked across disciplines as both a transplant physician and a basic scientist. In his current leadership role, he has been instrumental in the creation of our integrated research centers, which accelerate discovery through cross-disciplinary and cross-divisional collaboration.

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Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Steve Stadum

Steve Stadum, J.D.

Responsible for all operational activities at Fred Hutch, Stadum also plays a central role in relations with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, our clinical care partner. His executive leadership spans academics, administration, construction projects and fundraising.

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Scientific Division Directors and Senior Vice Presidents

Garnet Anderson

Garnet Anderson, Ph.D.

Director, Public Health Sciences Division

In addition to leading our Public Health Sciences Division, Dr. Anderson is also the principal investigator of the Fred Hutch–based Women’s Health Initiative, a long-term nationwide research program that investigates the most frequent causes of death, disability and poor quality of life among postmenopausal women.

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Sue Biggins

Sue Biggins, Ph.D.

Director, Basic Sciences Division

Dr. Biggins studies one of biology’s most fundamental processes: how cells sort chromosomes, the long molecules in which DNA is packaged.

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Nancy Davidson

Nancy E. Davidson, M.D.

Director, Clinical Research Division

Dr. Davidson has several leadership roles within the Fred Hutch / University of Washington Cancer Consortium, building bridges across cancer research and treatment programs at Fred Hutch, UW, Seattle Children’s and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. She is a top opinion leader in the field of breast cancer biology and treatment.

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Eric Holland

Eric Holland, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, Human Biology Division

Dr. Holland is an internationally renowned neurosurgeon and brain cancer researcher. He has spent his career working across disciplines to address the molecular basis of brain tumors and develop new treatment approaches. He also directs the Fred Hutch–based Seattle Translational Tumor Research, a multidisciplinary, multiorganizational effort to translate laboratory findings into precise, personalized treatment options for patients with solid tumors.

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Julie McElrath

Dr. Julie McElrath, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division

Dr. McElrath investigates the complex relationships between HIV and the immune system. Her research has been fundamental to our understanding of the virus that causes AIDS. She also serves as principal investigator and director of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network's Laboratory Program, which is based at Fred Hutch.

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Board of Trustees

Since its founding, Fred Hutch has been guided by the strong leadership of its board of trustees. The board, with appropriate delegation to its committees and officers, oversees Fred Hutch’s affairs. The responsibilities of the volunteer trustees include:

  • Establishment of broad policies for Fred Hutch, including its mission, values and long-range strategies
  • Overseeing implementation of those policies by Fred Hutch management
  • Evaluation of the institutional effectiveness of Fred Hutch
  • Review and approval of Fred Hutch’s strategic plan
  • Approval of annual budgets and overall financial programs and policies, including oversight of management compensation
  • Appointment and evaluation of the effectiveness of Fred Hutch’s chief executive officer
  • Election of board officers and trustees

 

Matthew McIlwain

Matthew McIlwain, Chair

Matthew McIlwain, Chair

Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group

Kathy Surace-Smith

Kathy Surace-Smith, Vice Chair

Kathy Surace-Smith, Vice Chair

Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, NanoString Technologies Inc.

Norman Metcalfe

Norman Metcalfe, Treasurer

Norman Metcalfe, Treasurer

Investor

Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson, Secretary

Richard Anderson, Secretary

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Washington Real Estate Holdings

Chris Gregoire

Chris Gregoire, Immediate Past Chair

Chris Gregoire, Immediate Past Chair

CEO, Challenge Seattle; Former Washington Governor

Carl Behnke

Carl Behnke

Carl Behnke

President, REB Enterprises

Sean Boyle

Sean Boyle

Sean Boyle

Chief Financial Officer, Amazon Web Services

Mike Clayville

Mike Clayville

Mike Clayville

Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Sales, Amazon Web Services

Holly Dillon

Holly Dillon

Holly Dillon

Co-Founder, Heidisays.com

Mark Fleischauer

Mark Fleischauer

Mark Fleischauer

Chairman, JH Kelly Holdings LLC

Theresa Gillespie

Theresa Gillespie

Theresa Gillespie

Managing Director, Trilogy Partnership

Stephen Graham

Stephen Graham

Stephen Graham

Partner, Fenwick & West LLP

Robert Herbold

Robert Herbold

Robert Herbold

Managing Director, Herbold Group LLC

Allan Jones

Allan Jones

Allan Jones

President and CEO, Allen Institute

Philip Kent

Philip Kent

Philip Kent

Media Executive

Leigh Morgan

Leigh Morgan

Leigh Morgan

Chief Strategy and Operating Officer, Nia Tero

Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporation

Peter Neupert

Peter Neupert

Peter Neupert

Advisor to Health Technology Companies

Paul Reed

Paul Reed

Paul Reed

Retired Business Executive

Brian Roberts

Brian Roberts

Brian Roberts

Chief Financial Officer, Lyft

Corsee Sanders

Corsee Sanders

Corsee Sanders

Executive Vice President, Strategic Advisor to the Office of the CMO, Juno Therapeutics, A Celgene Company

Bryan White

Bryan White

Bryan White

Founder, Sahsen Ventures LLC

Paula Reynolds

Paula Reynolds, Trustee Emeritus

Paula Reynolds, Trustee Emeritus

President and CEO, PreferWest LLC

James Sinegal

James Sinegal, Trustee Emeritus

James Sinegal, Trustee Emeritus

Co-Founder and Director, Costco Wholesale

Vice Presidents


Kathy Alexion, MBA

Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Elizabeth Boyd, Ph.D.

Vice President, Research Administration & Faculty Affairs

Lynann Bradbury

Vice President, Communications & Marketing

David Browdy

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Jennifer Griffith

Vice President, Government and Community Relations

Lynne Kornblatt, R.N., J.D., LL.M.

Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer


Kelly O’Brien

Vice President, Philanthropy

Niki Robinson, Ph.D.

Vice President, Business Development & Strategy

Scott Rusch

Vice President, Facilities & Operations

Doug Shaeffer, J.D.

Vice President and General Counsel

Matthew Trunnell

Vice President and Chief Data Officer

Board of Ambassadors

The Board of Ambassadors is an appointed group of volunteers whose purpose is to support Fred Hutch and its mission of eliminating cancer as a cause of human suffering and death by serving as community ambassadors. Below are their specific responsibilities:

  • Make an annual contribution commensurate with one’s ability to give
  • Partner with Fred Hutch Philanthropy staff to identify, cultivate and/or secure Innovators Network, President’s Circle, and major-gift-level individual and corporate gifts
  • Participate in individual and corporate prospect strategy meetings with Philanthropy staff
  • Fill a friendship table at or participate in one signature fundraising event each year
  • Actively participate in cultivation events through attendance, outreach, hosting or acting as an emcee
  • Serve as an ambassador and advocate for Fred Hutch in the community
  • Serve on one or more committees within the Board of Ambassadors or serve on Fred Hutch councils or advisory groups when called upon by Fred Hutch leadership

To learn more about the Board of Ambassadors, please contact Annual Giving at annualgiving@fredhutch.org or 206.667.4399.

Karmann Lange Kaplan, Co-Chair

Community Volunteer

Rich Kaplan, Co-Chair

Microsoft Corporation / Microsoft Alumni Network

Bonita Armstrong

Microsoft Corporation

Jon A. Barwick

Barwick & Partners Inc.

Carl Behnke, Past Co-Chair

President
REB Enterprises Inc.

Shari Burns

United Capital Seattle

Gary Bylund

Kibble & Prentice Inc.

Eleni Carras

Alliant Insurance Services

Barbara Cosgrove

Community Volunteer

Andrea Gordon

Remerinc

Doug Gordon

Russell Investments

Patrick Gordon

ZGF Architects LLP

Jeff Guillot

Be Strong Fight On!

Julie Guillot

Pediatric Cancer Mom and Advocate
Be Strong Fight On!

Katy Kinney Harris

Community Volunteer

Catherine Humbert

United Capital Seattle

John Hutchinson

UBS Financial Services Inc.

Scott Hutchinson

Schuchart Hutchinson

Stuart Hutchinson

Alta Orthopaedics

Harvey Kanter

Blue Nile Inc.

Yvonne Lamey

Community Volunteer

Art K. Langlie

Holmes Electric Company

Amy Lavin

Stroum Jewish Community Center

Nancy Pellegrino

Pellegrino Advisory Services LLC

Dean Petterson

Community Volunteer

Charlee Reed

CR Associates

Alee Spencer

Community Volunteer

Barbara Thrasher

Community Volunteer

Bonnie Towne, Past Co-Chair

Community Volunteer

Mary Wiese

CBRE Group Inc.

Frank Yandrasits

Community Volunteer