The Bellevue College Board of Trustees is composed of six members, appointed by the governor. Each member serves a five-year term and must reside within the college’s district boundaries.
The Board’s duties include setting the college’s strategic direction, establishing policy for the college, and approving budgets. Meetings are usually held on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m., approximately every six weeks during the academic year and are open to the public. For additional information about the Board of Trustees, please contact the President’s Office at Bellevue College, (425) 564-2302.
Members of the Board of Trustees
Lisa Chin of Bellevue was appointed to the Bellevue College Board of Trustees by Governor Christine Gregoire. She was reappointed in 2016 and her five-year term of office continues through September 2021.
Dr. Chin is the founding executive director of Year Up Puget Sound, a one-year education and job training/internship program for young adults. Previously, she served as executive director at Jubilee Women’s Center, Community Birth & Family Center, and Open Arms Perinatal Services in Seattle. She is also a partner in Social Venture Partners, where she served as Board Chair in 2008-09.
Education profile: Dr. Chin received her Ph.D in education from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and her B.A. in political science and art from Wellesley College.
Steve Miller was appointed to the BC Board of Trustees in 2005. He served as Chair for the 2009-10 academic year and Vice Chair for 2008-09 and was reappointed in October 2010.
Career profile: Partner in the Seattle-based firm of Cowan & Miller, which specializes in immigration and naturalization law. Before joining Cowan & Miller in 1990, Steve served as a King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, a Fulbright Fellow Lecturer at the University of Indonesia, an associate for a major Seattle law firm, Deputy Director of the King County Department of Planning and Community Development, and Legal Counsel to the King County Council. An active volunteer in support of education, Steve has served three times as president of the Bellevue School Board and, in 2000, was co-chair of the successful state campaign for Initiative 728, the class size initiative.
Education profile: B.A., Stanford University , J.D., Harvard Law School.
Richard Fukutaki was appointed to the Bellevue College Board of Trustees in August of 2015 by Governor Jay Inslee. His five-year term of offices continues through September of 2019.
Mr. Fukutaki is the managing director of Sun Break Group, LLC which is a consulting practice focusing on startup and early stage company business plans and got to market strategies. Previously, he served as Vice President/General Manager at Wizards of the Coast. As an active member of the community, Fukutaki serves on the board for Bellevue Girl’s Lacrosse Club, is a Service Day volunteer at Jubilee Reach Center, and leads Sunday school classes at Bellevue Presbyterian Church.
Education profile: A.B., University of California, Berkeley, M.B.A., University of Southern California
Merisa Heu-Weller was appointed to the BC Board of Trustees in November 2013 by Governor Jay Inslee. Her five-year term of office continues through November 2018.
Ms. Heu-Weller is an attorney for Microsoft specializing in employment law. Previously, she served as an employment and labor lawyer with Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP, and was a law clerk at the Washington State Supreme Court to the Honorable Mary Fairhurst. Ms. Heu-Weller has volunteered with Rainier Scholars, an educational pipeline program in Seattle and helped launch The Learning Seed, a non-profit foundation providing scholarships for high school and college students.
Education profile: B.A., Stanford University, J.D. University of Washington
Ross Hunter was appointed to the BC Board of Trustees in December of 2015 by Governor Jay Inslee to a term ending in September of 2017.
Mr. Hunter is the director of the Washington state Department of Early Learning. He previously represented the 48th Legislative District for seven terms, serving as the Chair of the House Ways & Means and Appropriations Committees. Prior to his work in the public sector, Hunter spent 17 years with Microsoft in a wide array of positions, from program manager for Microsoft Access to general manager of the Microsoft Commercial Internet System.
In addition to his work for the Department of Early Learning, Hunter serves on the steering committee for Bellevue Quality Schools and served as a trustee of the Bellevue Schools Foundation from 2001 to 2010 and as a board member of Hopelink, the Eastside’s largest nonprofit human services agency, from 2004 to 2010.
Education profile: B.S., Yale University