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Ashraf Hasham to join The Vera Project as Executive Director!

The Vera Project is excited to welcome Ashraf Hasham as our new Executive Director!

“I’m overjoyed to be passing the baton to Ashraf,” says outgoing VERA ED, Tim Lennon, “His experience and reputation in the local arts and culture scenes, his leadership style, and his long history with The Vera Project and youth engagement in Seattle’s cultural life in general make him the perfect person to lead the organization into it’s most exciting era yet.” 

Ashraf is a Seattle native who’s been coming to VERA shows since he was a teenager. He comes to VERA from Urban Gateways, Chicago’s largest arts education provider, where he was Program Manager for Advocacy & Engagement. Prior to that, he was Director of Partnerships & Programs at Seattle’s TeenTix. He previously served on the Seattle Arts Commission and was recently voted in as a member of Americans for the Arts’ (AFTA) Arts Education Advisory Council.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to build on the work of Tim and the other outgoing staff & board members,” Ashraf says. “Among so many other things, I’m grateful to be entrusted to heighten VERA’s visibility, create meaningful mutually-beneficial partnerships, continue to serve our growing community with integrity & open ears, and extend VERA’s presence in the learning, activism, and funding communities.”

The annual Viva Vera gala, held on March 10 at Washington Hall, will be one of the first projects that Ashraf will oversee. The organization sees the leadership transition as an opportunity for major areas of growth, including program partnerships, re-engaging donors, and new sources of earned income.

“Vera is coming into a new era of leadership and leverage in the community,” says Amy Piñon, VERA Board President. “Ashraf specifically brings the needed community connections–both local and national­–his activist lens, and deep roots in Seattle’s unique arts landscape to position VERA for major growth.”

DIY Holiday Fair is Saturday!!

The annual DIY Holiday Fair is this Saturday! Support local DIY record/tape/cd labels, artists, crafters, printers, and more. Give unique and handmade gifts to your friends and loved ones. With DJ sets by SassyBlack and Hollow Earth Radio DJs!

More info on our Facebook Event!

We’re Hiring!

Dear Vera Community,

It’s with a little sadness, much gratitude, and a lot of optimism that I announce that I’ll be stepping down as Executive Director at the turn of the year. Leading The Vera Project these last two and half years has been the most challenging and rewarding adventure of my professional life. I feel so blessed to be a part of this community, and I know that now we are ready for me to pass the baton.

Together we—Vera’s volunteers & members, staff & board, and each and every one of you!—have brought this organization so far. Our finances are stable; we’ve negotiated a new lease and are making critical improvements to the venue and operations; we’ve reestablished old relationships and build new ones both internally and with external funding, programming and community partners; we’ve welcomed some great new staff and board members; and we’ll soon launch a new website and new branding.

I’m so proud of the work we’ve done and the community we’ve sustained and strengthened. Now that we’ve gotten Vera back on firm footing, it’s time for the organization to leap into the next exciting era. This leadership transition is a part of that, and I’m confident that this community will emerge from it ready to take on the world.

Though I’m transiting out of my current role, please know that I’ll always be a loud booster and proud donor, and you’ll still spot me at shows. In the meantime, I will be spending next few months working hard to ensure The Vera Project is set up for success on all fronts.

I would like to invite you to help here, too, by donating to The Vera Project’s Fall Fund Drive. Investing in our community now is a critical to ensuring the next Vera era will be the best one yet.

Thank you, truly and sincerely, for everything these last few years and Viva Vera!!


To apply for the Executive Director job, visit our Job Listings page or click here to access the posting directly!