Plenary Speakers

Mari Hirota

Senior Vice President, Social Impact & Government Relations at Seattle Kraken

As Senior Vice President, Social Impact & Government Relations for the Seattle Kraken and Executive Director of One Roof Foundation, Mari Horita sits on the team’s Executive Committee and leads the development and implementation of the social impact, community engagement, philanthropic, and DE&I vision and strategy for the Seattle Kraken.

Prior to joining the Kraken Mari was President and CEO of ArtsFund, where she led the organization’s strategic transition to better represent and serve the evolving population and arts community in the Puget Sound region. Mari began her professional career as a lawyer at Bogle & Gates, and later at Dorsey & Whitney and K&L Gates.

Mari is Vice Chair of the Downtown Seattle Association Board, serves on the Boards of Seattle Credit Union, UW Foundation, and Seattle Art Museum, is a member of the Committee of 33, and co-founded She previously served on the Boards of United Way of King County, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, ArtsFund, Seattle Center Foundation, Asian Bar Association of Washington, Bertschi School, Densho, YouthCare, and the Advisory Board for the Foster School’s Board Fellows Program. Mari frequently presents locally and nationally on CSR, organizational change, cross sector partnerships, sports and social impact, and the business imperative of representation and inclusion. In 2023 she was recognized as a Puget Sound Business Journal Woman of Influence, and in 2024 Seattle Magazine named her among Seattle’s most influential people for her equity work.

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.


Private Sector Roles in Creating More Equitable Park Systems

Tuesday, June 25
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM