Kathy Fowells joined SEED in 2005 as the Manager of the Columbia City Gallery and was promoted to SEEDArts Director in 2015. She has always been passionate about creating economic opportunities for artists. She lived in southern Africa for 4 years, consulting with the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe and numerous artist cooperatives to improve the economic vitality of the arts. She was awarded a Fulbright research grant to document this work. When she returned to Seattle in 1995, she opened Mwoyo Arts, a gallery that featured contemporary art from southern Africa. Fowells holds an MBA degree from Seattle University and a Bachelors of International Studies with a focus on Economic Development.