BizQuest Panelist Bios

Kristin Graham- Principal, Culture & Communications at Amazon

A former journalist and current technology leader, Kristin Graham has centered her career on storytelling. Curiosity wove her career from non-profits to Fortune 50s to dot-coms. She moved to Seattle in 2007 to lead communications for the travel portfolio company, Expedia, Inc. Her background includes executive and employee comms, global recruiting, diversity and inclusion, philanthropy, learning and development, corporate events, social media, and employer branding initiatives. She is currently leading culture work for the global leadership development team at Amazon and teaches their Amazon Business Writing courses to employees around the globe. Kristin holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Bookda Gheisar- Sr Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at Port of Seattle

Ms. Gheisar is deeply passionate about applying a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens to organizational systems and relationships. She also has been an active advocate for systemic change that is grounded in principles of racial equity and social justice. With a proven track record of working with communities most impacted by racial and economic inequities, Ms. Gheisar brings more than 30 years of experience building efforts to engage highly diverse stakeholders and voices. Before coming to the Port, Ms. Gheisar served as a Policy Advisor for King County’s Office of Equity and Social Justice and as an Executive Director in the field of philanthropy, each committed to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. As Senior Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Ms. Gheisar provides leadership and strategic direction for the Port’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion efforts, both internal and external. She partners with lines of business to ensure that externally facing equity goals and objectives are incorporated into business plans. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, she will oversee the infusion of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our culture, strategies, and goals.

Ryan Reese- Co-Owner/CFO at Pike Place Fish

Ryan Reese is co-owner/CFO of Pike Place Fish Market and is responsible for ecommerce, social media, wholesale operations and catching fish that are constantly being thrown at him. While many people are familiar with the retail operation at Pike Place Market, Ryan has spearheaded a wholesale operation that includes a Pike Place Fish Market menu with Delta Airlines, and many products that can now be found on the shelves at over 600 grocery stores. Pike Place Fish is considered an industry leader when it comes to responsibly sourced (sustainable) seafood and creating a dynamic and fun work culture. In fact CNN named the Pike Place Fish Market as one of the three most fun places to work in America. Ryan and his crew routinely travel the country doing speaking engagements to Fortune 500 companies on how to create a motivated workplace. Ryan grew up in Seattle attending Seattle Public Schools and graduated with a degree in Business from Eastern Washington University. He is a proud father of an 8 year daughter Bryn and is about to celebrate 10 amazing years of marriage to his wife Meghan. If Ryan could ever figure out what the term “work life balance” means he thinks he would enjoy golfing and working in his yard.

Putter Bert (Moderator)- President/CEO at KidsQuest Children’s Museum

Putter Bert joined KidsQuest Children’s Museum (KQCM) in 1999 as Executive Director and lead the plan to create a new children’s museum in Bellevue. KQCM opened in Factoria in 2005. Built to serve 70,000 visitors, KQCM served almost double the projected patrons in its first year. Putter then led a $12.7M capital campaign to secure a downtown Bellevue location for an expanded facility that opened in January 2017; it serves over 200,000 people annually welcoming families from King County as well as Snohomish, Clark, and Kitsap Counties and visitors from across the country. Ms. Bert has over 30 years of experience serving in leadership roles at The Children’s Museum of Tacoma, The Children’s Museum of Arkansas, The Portsmouth Children’s Museum and The Boston Children’s Museum. As KidsQuest President & CEO she has been a leader in the museum’s community collaborations with partners such as the City of Bellevue, Boeing, Microsoft, ACM (Association of Children’s Museums) and NWAYM (Northwest Association of Youth Museums). Putter Bert is active on boards for ACM, Eastside Pathways, Bellevue Downtown Association, Inspire WA, Washington State Leadership, and Defy WA.