The Anne Focke Arts Leadership Award is a community-based biennial award offered by the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design. As the region’s leading research institution, we are privileged to acknowledge and honor individuals in the fields of art, art history, and design for their exceptional vision, leadership, and innovation.

Date                     Friday, May 14th
Time                      6:00PM - 7:00PM PDT
Location              Virtual


Ron Chew is a lifelong Seattleite. He is a graduate of the University of Washington, majoring in editorial journalism. He served as executive director of the Wing Luke Asian Museum from 1991-2007, spearheading a $23 million capital campaign to build the new museum. Prior to his career at the museum, he worked for over 13 years as editor of the International Examiner, an acclaimed newspaper in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District. He later served on the Seattle Public Library Foundation Board during the city-wide “Libraries for All” capital campaign, completed in 2008. From 2010–2020, Ron served as executive director of the ICHS Foundation, helping raise money to support a network of community clinics serving Asian Pacific American immigrants and refugees as well as other underserved populations. He is a founding member of the Seattle Chapters of the Asian American Journalists Association and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. He also serves on the board of directors of the International Examiner and the board of trustees of the Seattle Public Library. Ron is currently working on freelance fundraising writing projects. He is also producing an audiobook version of his memoir, My Unforgotten Seattle, with the assistance of the Washington State Talking Book and Braille Library.