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Barbara Green Selected As Interim Operations Director

For Immediate Release:

The Board of Directors of Artist Trust is pleased to announce that Barbara Green has been appointed Interim Operations Director. Green comes to Artist Trust with over 25 years of experience and a long history of serving in interim leadership roles. Her most recent post was as Interim Director for University Heights and COLAGE. Prior to this, she held interim leadership positions with Richard Hugo House, Powerful Voices and a long list of other local nonprofit organizations.

Nearly two weeks ago, Artist Trust announced the transition of Margit Rankin as their Executive Director. Rankin served in the role for just over two years and secured one of the largest grants available to artists in the region, which resulted in the creation of the James W. Ray Venture Project Awards (winners for 2014 were Amy Neal and Cris Bruch) and the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award (won by Jessika Kenney in 2014). 

The Board has asked Green to focus her efforts internally to provide a number of key deliverables. The goals during this transition period include: evaluate internal processes around organizational efficiency, communications and technology, in addition to taking on many of the day-to-day operational functions.

Green conveyed her intention to meet these goals when commenting, “It is a pleasure to serve such an important organization. My hope is to support the staff, meet their immediate needs and continue to ensure there is a solid foundation for the next executive leader of Artist Trust.”

Green began in her role at Artist Trust on April 21, 2014. She will serve in an interim capacity through August, when the Board hopes to have filled the vacant Executive Director position.

“We are excited to have Barbara with us in an interim role,” shared Board President Susan Wagner. “We are confident in her expertise and believe her experience is just what we need during this transition.”

To learn more about Barbara Green, you may view her bio here. She can be reached at Artist Trust via e-mail at or by calling 206-467-8734 x12.

For more information regarding this press release, please contact Stephanie Ellis-Smith at 206/795-9019 or

Artist Trust has invested over $10 million in Washington State artists since its founding in 1986, through grant programs and direct support. Artist Trust also provides a comprehensive suite of career training and professional development resources to help artists achieve their career goals.

Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Find out more at

Major supporters of Artist Trust include many individual donors along with: 4Culture, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Amazon, ArtsFund, ArtsWA, The Boeing Company, The Dale & Leslie Chihuly Foundation, The Klorfine Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Raynier Institute & Foundation, Seattle Art Fair, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Jon & Mary Shirley Foundation, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and Vulcan Inc.