René Ancinas

Chair, Seattle Symphony Board of Directors

Chairman and CEO, Port Blakely

As Chairman & CEO of Port Blakely, René Ancinas’s leadership skills guide the strategic direction of the company, setting the tone of Port Blakely’s multi-national operations.

A fourth generation descendent of the company founders, he helped establish a sustainable family business governance structure that has become a model for other multi-generational family-owned companies, becoming its first Family Council President from 2000–04.

Identified as a succession candidate in 2004, Ancinas joined Port Blakely in 2005 gaining experience in the company’s Forestry and Real Estate Operations before becoming COO in 2008. He stepped into the CEO role in 2010, then Chairman & CEO in 2015. Ancinas has driven development of the company’s vision framework and long-term strategy based on the company’s core purpose and values.

Ancinas previously served on the board of NatureBridge and is a currently active on boards or committees for the National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO), the Washington Roundtable, Forterra and the Seattle Symphony where he is currently Board Chair.

Ancinas holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Clarinet from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music respectively. Ancinas is a 2009 graduate of the Executive MBA program at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.


Seattle Symphony Board


René Ancinas, Chair

Paula Boggs, Vice Chair, Equity

Judith Fong, Vice Chair, Audiences & Communities

Cheryl Lee, Secretary

Ben Martz, Treasurer & Vice Chair, Finance

Dana Reid, Vice Chair, Governance

Jon Rosen, Vice Chair, Development


  • Susan Amini
  • Marco Argenti
  • Susan Coughlin
  • Isiaah Crawford 
  • Joe Davy
  • Susan Detweiler 
  • Jerry Farley  
  • Molly Gabel
  • Mimi Gates
  • Mauricio Gonzalez de la Fuente
  • Lyn Grinstein
  • Michael Hatch 
  • Terry Hecker 
  • Jean-François Heitz
  • Parul Houlahan
  • Douglas Jackson
  • Leslie Jackson Chihuly 
  • Susan Johannsen
  • Ronald Koo
  • Ryo Kubota
  • Paul Leach 
  • IHN(Ike) Lee
  • Dorothy Li
  • Kjristine R. Lund
  • Diena Mann
  • Brian J. Marks
  • Scott McCammant 
  • Marshal McReal
  • Hisayo Nakajima 
  • Nancy Neraas 
  • Dick Paul
  • Elisabeth Beers Sandler 
  • Jenny Schultz
  • Jim Schwab
  • Chuck Schweizer
  • Lyle Snyder
  • Swil Kanim


Krishna ThiagarajanPresident & CEO, Seattle Symphony

Carla Gifford, President, Seattle Symphony Chorale

Lynn MorganPresident, Seattle Symphony Volunteers

Jeffrey BarkerOrchestra Representative

Zartouhi Dombourian-EbyOrchestra Representative

Alexander WhiteOrchestra Representative

Chair Emerita

Leslie Jackson Chihuly

Lifetime Directors

Llewelyn G. PritchardChair

  • Richard Albrecht
  • Susan Armstrong
  • Bruce Baker
  • Cynthia Bayley
  • Sherry Benaroya
  • Alexandra Brookshire
  • Phyllis Byrdwell
  • Phyllis Campbell
  • Mary Ann Champion
  • Robert Collett
  • David Davis
  • Nancy Evans
  • Dorothy Fluke
  • David Fulton
  • Jean Gardner
  • Ruth Gerberding
  • James Gillick
  • Gerald Grinstein
  • Patty Hall
  • Cathi Hatch
  • Woody Hertzog
  • Steven Hill
  • Ken Hollingsworth
  • Patricia Holmes
  • David Hovind
  • Henry James
  • J. Pierre Loebel
  • Yoshi Minegishi
  • Marilyn Morgan
  • Isa Nelson
  • Laurel Nesholm
  • Marlys Palumbo
  • Sally Phinny
  • James Raisbeck
  • Sue Raschella
  • Jill Ruckelshaus
  • H. Jon Runstad
  • Martin Selig
  • Linda Stevens
  • Patricia Tall-Takacs
  • Marcus Tsutakawa
  • Cyrus Vance, Jr.
  • Karla Waterman
  • Ronald Woodard
  • Arlene Wright
Seattle Symphony Foundation Board

Jean-Francois HeitzChair*

Kathleen WrightVice Chair

Muriel Van HousenSecretary

Ben MartzTreasurer*

  • René Ancinas*
  • Nancy B. Evans
  • Michael Hatch*
  • Joaquin Hernandez*
  • Ronald Koo*
  • David Tan
  • Rick White
  • Michael Slonski (non-voting, non-director advisor)

* SSO Appointed

Benaroya Hall Board

Leslie Jackson ChihulyChair

Jim SchwabVice Chair

Kjristine LundSecretary

Jim DuncanTreasurer

  • Yao Bailey
  • Dwight Dively
  • Leo van Dorp
  • Jim Duncan
  • Nancy B. Evans
  • Mark Reddington
  • Michael Slonski


Glen LeeCity Representative

Krishna Thiagarajan, President & CEO, Seattle Symphony

Zartouhi Dombourian-EbyMusician Representative