It takes extraordinary leadership to take on the world's toughest challenges. While guiding our ambitious efforts based on Paul Allen’s big ideas, our leadership team fosters a culture of innovation that inspires us all to think big. At Vulcan, our leaders don’t just manage the work we do—they help define it. 

Founder and Chairman 

Four decades after co-founding Microsoft, entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul G. Allen is still exploring the frontiers of technology and human knowledge, and acting to change the future. Through his company Vulcan Inc., Mr. Allen is working to save endangered species, slow climate change, improve ocean health, share art, history and film, develop new technology, tackle epidemics, research how the human brain works and build sustainable communities. In all his endeavors, Mr. Allen constantly asks “What if…?” and pushes people to challenge conventional thinking, collaborate across disciplines and reimagine what’s possible.

Paul AllenAs the idea man and original technologist behind Microsoft, Mr. Allen has used his wealth to expand the horizons of human possibility. All told, Mr. Allen’s philanthropic contributions exceed $2 billion. Even before becoming a member of the Giving Pledge, Mr. Allen committed to giving away the majority of his fortune, an endeavor that continues every day. He invests in brain science and robotics research, retail space and outer space, documentaries and feature films, global health and local education.

Mr. Allen is deeply invested locally in his hometown of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, and has created public spaces including Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum, MoPOP and the Living Computer Museum + Labs—where people learn and interact with Seattle’s historic, cultural and musical heritage. The inaugural Seattle Art Fair put the city on the map as one of the premier art destinations in the country. He also thinks globally, making impact investments that will help developing countries expand their health, infrastructure and nurture a diversified economy.

Many of his ventures were seeded in his youth, and reflect the depth and diversity of his passions.  He strives to create a new kind of future — a future that maps the intricacies inside our head, sets hidden talent alight and upends conventional thinking.

If we can understand the mysterious organ, the brain, we can pave the way towards understanding diseases like Alzheimer’s. If we can change the economics of space launches, we can change space travel and exploration. If we can get the formula right for a new kind of downtown neighborhood, it becomes a guide for the innovation centers of tomorrow. Mr. Allen is motivated by his commitment to sharing his ideas and discoveries with the world to help catalyze a better future.  

To learn more, visit PaulAllen.com.


Chief Executive Officer

Bill Hilf serves as Vulcan’s Chief Executive Officer, guiding its philanthropic, research, arts and culture, community, investments, policy and technology innovation programs and helping fulfill Paul Allen’s vision for the future. Tapping his experience as an executive and technologist, Bill leads Vulcan’s work to galvanize and enable smart people to tackle ambitious challenges head-on and guide its growth as it invests in its local communities, explores new frontiers in space, science, and technology, and impacts change around important issues like public health, the environment, conservation, and philanthropy.

Most recently, Bill served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise’s Cloud business unit. Prior to joining Hewlett-Packard, Bill was the General Manager of Product Management for Microsoft Azure, and previously led Microsoft’s Technical Computing Group. In that role, he helped develop solutions for a wide range of scientific and engineering challenges, including high performance computing, parallel languages and runtimes, and mathematical modeling tools. In the roaring 90s, he built his tech chops as a software developer and engineering leader through a variety of software start-ups in San Francisco and Los Angeles. 

Bill completed his undergraduate studies at California State University-Fullerton and received his M.A. from Chapman University. 

Chief Financial Officer

As Vulcan’s Chief Financial Officer, David is responsible for Vulcan’s long-term financial plans and strategies across both private- and public-facing assets. David has over 25 years of financial experience helping complex, dynamic organizations achieve their strategic objectives. Prior to joining Vulcan, David served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Holland America Group. Before its merger with other brands to create the Holland America Group, David served as the Chief Accounting Officer and then the Vice President, Planning, Reporting and Operation Support at Princess Cruises. David also spent over seven years at The Walt Disney Company, where he led a team that supported the company's acquisitions and dispositions, external financial reporting and financial analysis. He began his career at Deloitte & Touche after completing his undergraduate studies at California State University, Northridge. 

Vice President, Vulcan Real Estate

Ada directs all strategies for Vulcan Real Estate and oversees $2 billion in real estate assets including the transformation of the formerly industrial neighborhood of South Lake Union into Seattle’s leading innovation district and the first LEED-certified neighborhood plan in Washington State and becoming the nation’s first “Salmon-Safe” real estate developer dedicated to decreasing the impact of construction on the marine environment. 

Ada is a leader in the development of integrated transportation systems and was instrumental in the passage of legislation for the South Lake Union Streetcar. Under her direction, Vulcan has earned widespread industry recognition and honors for its innovative and integrative development approaches and commitment to sustainability. Prior to joining Vulcan, Ada worked for 10 years at ING Clarion in asset management, acquisitions and portfolio management. She holds a bachelors from Duke University and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

Senior Director

Bert is a Senior Director at Vulcan Inc., where he serves as an advisor to Paul Allen and works with Vulcan teams responsible for incubating, developing and implementing business, philanthropic and technology initiatives.  He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers; he was named Vice Chairman of the Trail Blazers in 1988 and of the Seattle Seahawks in 1997.  Bert earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Washington State University and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Washington. 

President, Vulcan Arts + Entertainment

As President of Vulcan Arts + Entertainment (VA+E), Chris drives a comprehensive strategy for development, sales, and marketing across VA+E’s portfolio, which includes the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Hospital Club, Cinerama, Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum, Living Computers: Museum + Labs, the Seattle Art Fair, and Upstream Music Fest + Summit.

Chris has honed his skills at one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment holding companies. Named Trail Blazers President & Chief Executive Officer in October 2012, McGowan migrated to the Pacific Northwest from Los Angeles-based AEG Sports, where he spent 16 years, including a final assignment as Chief Operating Officer, before becoming one of the NBA’s youngest CEOs.  Along with overseeing VA+E, Chris oversees all of the day-to-day business operations of the Trail Blazers – owned by Paul Allen – including ticket sales and service, corporate partnerships, premium seating, analytics, marketing, communications, broadcasting, community relations, digital, finance and human resources. Chris also oversees operation of the Moda Center, the newly-renamed home arena of the Trail Blazers, as well as the nearby Veterans Memorial Coliseum and Rose Quarter campus.  In his previous role as COO of AEG Sports, McGowan oversaw the business operations of the NHL’s 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings and the 2011 and 2012 MLS Cup Champion Los Angeles Galaxy, while also assisting with operations for all of AEG’s sports teams worldwide.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Delaware in 1996, where he was captain on the soccer team.  Chris and his wife Susan have two sons, Ryan (14) and Kyle (12).

Vice President - Impact

As Vulcan’s Vice President of Impact, Art works to extend the reach and impact of Paul Allen’s catalytic philanthropy across current focus areas, including biodiversity, climate, combatting homelessness, and the arts. Art has a strong record of turning ideas into products, programs, and impact, as well as deep experience in market research, analysis, and evaluation frameworks. Prior to joining Vulcan, Art served as Vice President at Dell, and as an executive at leading technology companies. Art earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Florida.

Chief Human Resources Officer

As Vulcan's Chief Human Resources Officer, Tim leads a team of talented human resources professionals in building and implementing recruiting strategies supporting Vulcan’s ambitious and innovative programs, projects and initiatives. 

Tim is an experienced leader with a deep knowledge of developing, implementing, and improving programs that positively impact employees, operations and organizations. Prior to joining Vulcan, Tim spent 13 years as the Chief Human Resources Officer at the San Diego Zoo Global, a diverse organization of nearly 3,000 employees spread across various locations worldwide.

In 2016, Tim was named the “Chief Human Resources Officer of the Year” by HRO Global. Tim is also the co-author of Roar: How to Build a Resilient Organization the World-Famous San Diego Zoo Way. Previously, Tim held several senior leadership roles in human resources for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

Chief Investment Officer, Vulcan Capital

Chris Orndorff is Vulcan's Chief Investment Officer and responsible for identifying investment opportunities and optimizing returns for Vulcan Capital- Paul G. Allen's multi-billion dollar investment arm with offices in Seattle and Palo Alto. Chris brings an extensive track record of building and managing successful investment businesses and teams, with over 30 years of investment management and leadership experience. 

Prior to joining Vulcan, Chris was Senior Portfolio Manager for Western Asset Management where he oversaw multi-sector, unconstrained and absolute return portfolios. He was also a member of the board of directors for Mercer Advisors, where he advised on business, investment and marketing strategy.  Chris has spent about one-half of his career managing global equities, and the other half managing global fixed income. He also has extensive experience in asset allocation. 

Chris completed his undergraduate studies at Miami University and his MBA in finance and international business at The University of Chicago.  He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Dave Stewart directs Vulcan’s legal affairs and serves as general counsel to Vulcan’s leadership and staff. As Executive Vice President, he is immersed in all of Vulcan’s and Paul Allen’s businesses. His responsibilities include legal affairs, government relations, compliance and risk management, and our African properties. He plays an integral role acting as a liaison between Vulcan and all external affiliates. 

Prior to joining Vulcan, Dave had been a partner at three of the world’s leading law firms:  Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR), one of the world’s foremost law firms representing the technology sector; Howrey, which was the leading global antitrust firm; and Sidley & Austin. Dave also served as  Vice President of RealNetworks, where he conceived and executed RealNetworks’ antitrust strategy, which resulted in seminal legal decisions in Europe and Asia. Dave holds a M.Sc. in Jurisprudence from the University of Edinburgh, a J.D. from the University of California Berkeley, and an A.B. in Government from Harvard College.  

General Manager and Creative Director, Vulcan Productions

Carole Tomko is the General Manager and Creative Director of Vulcan Productions, the media arm of Vulcan Inc. Carole strategically shapes and develops Vulcan Production’s creative media projects across multiple genres and platforms with the goal of social change through a targeted call to action. Since she joined Vulcan Inc. in 2013, she has increased the output and scope of films, documentaries, series, digital content and impact campaigns; and Vulcan Productions’ projects have won awards at prestigious film festivals including Tribeca, Sundance and Cannes and have recieved Oscar nominations. 

Prior to joining Vulcan, Carole launched Carole Tomko Media, a strategic advisory company to guide businesses in all aspects of content and media creation as well as with operational and strategic planning. She also brings her extensive experience as President and General Manager of several networks at Discovery Communications, where she launched and rebranded networks including Discovery Health, FitTV and Discovery Kids and managed award-winning franchises across the Discovery portfolio, winning over a dozen awards for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC, Discovery Health and Discovery Kids.

Carole serves on the Jackson Hole Film Festival board and was also a board member for The Hub television network, the children's network joint venture between Discovery Communications and Hasbro.