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Mari Horita

President & CEO
Mari Horita is the President and CEO of ArtsFund. In this role Mari is in charge of developing and implementing organizational strategy and direction, as well as overseeing all operations, governance, fundraising, external relations, and programs for ArtsFund.
Mari has served on a number of nonprofit boards including ArtsFund, United Way of King County, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Asian Bar Association of Washington, Washington Appleseed, Bertschi School, Densho, and YouthCare. She currently serves on the Seattle Arts Commission, as well as the Executive Committee of the Downtown Seattle Association, the Advisory Board for the Foster School’s Board Fellows Program, the Seattle Art Fair Host Committee, the University of Washington Alumni Association Board of Trustees, and the Private Sector Council for Americans for the Arts. A lawyer by training, she practiced law at Bogle & Gates, and later Dorsey & Whitney and K&L Gates. She has presented on a number of topics including nonprofit governance, art law, creative placemaking, and strategic planning at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, Seattle University MFA in Arts Leadership, United Way of King County’s Project LEAD, Leadership Tomorrow, the Washington State Bar Association, and the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County, among others. In 2017 she was honored as a Seattle Reign FC Legend.
Mari has played violin with the Vina Musica String Quartet for the past 20 years and before that played with the Seattle Youth Symphony, the Denver Philharmonic, and the Vancouver Academy of Music orchestra. She has a 14-year-old daughter, Naomi. Mari holds a B.A. from Pomona College, a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law, and an M.A. in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University.

My Speaker Sessions

Wednesday, October 10

1:00pm PDT