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Jody Allen
Chair
Jody Allen is chair of Vulcan Inc., which she co-founded with brother Paul G. Allen in 1986. For decades, they worked side-by-side across a range of business and philanthropic initiatives. Full Bio >

Jody Allen

Chair

Jody Allen is chair of Vulcan Inc., which she co-founded with brother Paul G. Allen in 1986. For decades, they worked side-by-side across a range of business and philanthropic initiatives. Jody is also co-founder, board chair, and president of The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, president and founding director of MoPOP, and chair of the board of the Allen Institute. As trustee of the Paul G. Allen Trust, Jody works to ensure Paul’s vision is realized for generations to come, and she serves as chair of the Seattle Seahawks NFL and Portland Trail Blazers NBA franchises, recognizing the role of both teams as catalysts for civic pride.

Jody is a philanthropist passionate about conservation, fighting wildlife trafficking, and saving Africa’s elephants from extinction. In 2016 she founded Wild Lives Foundation, and she serves on the board of Sealife Response, Rehab and Research, an organization dedicated to improving the health and welfare of marine wildlife in the Pacific Northwest.

Deeply committed to education and the arts, Jody is a board member of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town, and previously served on the boards of ArtsFund, the University of Washington Foundation, the Museum of Glass, the Los Angeles International Film Festival, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Bill Hilf
Chief Executive Officer
Bill Hilf is Chief Executive Officer of Vulcan Inc., where he leads the company’s efforts to make and leave the world a better place. From driving ground-breaking data and technology initiatives, to necessary policy change and sustainable development, Bill empowers smart people to tackle ambitious challenges spanning wildlife conservation, climate change, ocean health, and vibrant communities. Full Bio >

Bill Hilf

Chief Executive Officer

Bill Hilf is Chief Executive Officer of Vulcan Inc., where he leads the company’s efforts to make and leave the world a better place. From driving ground-breaking data and technology initiatives, to necessary policy change and sustainable development, Bill empowers smart people to tackle ambitious challenges spanning wildlife conservation, climate change, ocean health, and vibrant communities. 

Prior to Vulcan, Bill was Senior Vice President of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise’s Cloud business unit, leading the company’s cloud transformation. Before Hewlett-Packard, Bill was General Manager of Product Management for Microsoft Azure, and had previously led Microsoft’s Technical Computing Group as well as the Windows Server product line. Earlier in his career he was a software developer and engineering leader at IBM, and at a variety of software start-ups in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles.

Bill serves on the boards of directors for the Woodland Park Zoo and the Grumeti Fund and is a member of the Washington Roundtable. He also served as the Microsoft Executive Sponsor for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and helped develop and deploy computer-based learning centers in refugee camps worldwide.

Bill earned his undergraduate degree from California State University-Fullerton and holds an M.A. from Chapman University.
 

John Bernstein
Chief Financial Officer
John is Vulcan’s Chief Financial Officer leading the Finance, Operations, and IT departments. He is responsible for Vulcan’s long-term financial plans and strategies across the entire philanthropic portfolio. Full Bio >

John Bernstein

Chief Financial Officer

John W. Bernstein is Vulcan’s Chief Financial Officer leading the Finance, Operations, and IT departments. He is responsible for Vulcan’s long-term financial plans and strategies across the entire philanthropic portfolio, helping to guide the organization’s commitment to its vision to make and leave the world a better place.

Before joining Vulcan in 2019, John served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Ford Foundation, a New York based, social justice foundation working to disrupt the drivers of inequality worldwide. In his capacity at Ford he oversaw all areas of operations, technology, risk management, capital projects, and finance globally. Prior to that, John was the founding President of the Leon Levy Foundation, dedicated to the arts and humanities, human rights and civil liberties, understanding the ancient world, and neuroscience research. As the foundation’s first president, he oversaw its creation in 2004 working closely with trustees to set goals for all areas of the foundation’s philanthropy and administration, including its governance, financial management, and grant making. Earlier in his career, John served as Vice President for Finance and then as Senior Vice President for Institutional Development at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, and began his nonprofit career working in systems analysis and design at the New York Public Library.

John holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and also did his undergraduate work at the university, where he earned a combined degree in computer science, economics, and the history and sociology of science.

Ada Healey
Chief Real Estate Officer
Ada is Vulcan's Chief Real Estate Officer, directing all strategies for Vulcan Real Estate and overseeing $2 billion in real estate assets. Under her direction, Vulcan Real Estate has earned widespread industry recognition and honors for its innovative and integrative development approaches and commitment to sustainability.

Ada Healey

Chief Real Estate Officer

Chris Orndorff
Chief Investment Officer
Chris is Vulcan's Chief Investment Officer, responsible for identifying investment opportunities and optimizing returns for Vulcan Capital, our multi-billion dollar investment arm with offices in Seattle, Palo Alto, and Singapore.

Chris Orndorff

Chief Investment Officer

Tim Mulligan
Chief Human Resources Officer
As 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 Mulligan

Chief Human Resources Officer

Bert Kolde
Executive Vice President, Sports Strategy and Operations
Bert serves as the Vice Chair of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers and is the Executive Vice President of Sports Strategy and Operations at Vulcan, where he oversees the long-term strategy and business operations of the teams and their affiliates.

Bert Kolde

Executive Vice President, Sports Strategy and Operations

Chris McGowan
President and Chief Executive Officer, Vulcan Sports and Entertainment
As Chief Executive Officer of Vulcan Sports and Entertainment, Chris is focused on driving a comprehensive strategy for development, sales, and marketing across Vulcan's portfolio of consumer-facing entities.

Chris McGowan

President and Chief Executive Officer, Vulcan Sports and Entertainment

Jason Hunke
Vice President, Communications and Marketing
Jason is Vice President of Communications and Marketing, where he leads the team responsible for corporate communications, media relations, social/digital strategy, content marketing, and brand, design, and storytelling across Vulcan’s business and charitable initiatives.

Jason Hunke

Vice President, Communications and Marketing

Alison Ivey
General Counsel
As Vice President, Legal and General Counsel for Vulcan, Alison leads a nimble team that oversees and advises the organization on a wide range of legal, risk, contractual, and compliance matters.

Alison Ivey

General Counsel

Chuck Cooper