Board of Directors
Mark Shieh · President
Mark Shieh is the co-founder of Take Root, a research-driven real estate company in Vancouver, Canada. Passionately curious about people and places, he started out as a Disney Imagineer and indulged a childhood dream to be a Disney character. Later, he worked as the Director of Research at ECCO Design in New York. Mark has a BS in Civil Engineering and an MS in Engineering Management, both from Stanford University. He was the research assistant to Sara Little Turnbull at the Process of Change Lab at Stanford from 1997 to 1998. He was also a Mayfield Entrepreneurship Fellow. He has served on the board of Vancouver Heritage Foundation, Vancouver City Planning Commission, and Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery.
He currently serves on the board of Building Opportunities
Larry Eisenbach · Secretary
Larry Eisenbach has been the Principal and Founder of Deadline Design Consultancy, LLC, in Portland, Oregon since 2012, offering creative project management services for large corporations, startups and independent designers. His professional background is in product/industrial design and he has experience in exhibit design, consumer and commercial product design, design management, large scale project facilitation, collegiate creativity course development and instruction, and business development. During a 20+ year career at NIKE he designed Footwear, directed a global design organization, lead global technology integration projects in CAD/CAM, lead seminal sustainable product initiatives, assessed and recommended solutions for IP loss, directed a Women’s Global Product R&D Team, and facilitated advanced concept integration.
Paula Rees · Treasurer
Paula Rees is the principal of Foreseer, a Seattle-based, multi-disciplinary design firm founded in 1979. She has designed major destinations for public institutions and private companies from Los Angeles to Barcelona, including mixed-use developments, historic districts, civic parks, retail stores, public markets and transit environments. This work involves managing very large collaborative teams of designers, artists, and fabricators. Her expertise makes her
a highly desired speaker, writer, and designer. She has enjoyed guest teaching at universities around the world. Her award-winning work is featured in many publications on experiential design and urban identities. She has served on the executive board of numerous
501(c)(3) educational foundations, including an early founding member of Women in Design, and a past president of the International Society for Experiential Graphic Design.
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. · Honorary Board Member · Advisory
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D., is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and recognized as one of America’s most distinguished scientific experts on aging and longevity. Dr. Bortz’s research has focused on the importance of physical exercise in the promotion of robust aging. Dr. Bortz has won many prestigious awards including the Presidential Award (2002) and is known for his inspirational speeches. Dr. Bortz is past co-chairman of the American Medical Association’s Task Force on Aging, former President of The American Geriatric Society, and Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board for the Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation. He has written 150 articles for scientific research publications and has authored many books including: We Live Too Short and Die Too Long, Dare to be 100, Living Longer for Dummies, Diabetes Danger, Next Medicine, Occupy Medicine and The Roadmap