The Grand Cinema is a nonprofit; our strategic direction is guided and informed by a board of volunteer directors, representing our communities, who meet monthly.
The Grand's board comprises 13–17 members who help set policies, develop plans for the future, provide fiscal oversight, raise money, and advocate for the theater.
Every year members of The Grand Cinema vote on new and returning board candidates to serve. We are super thrilled to welcome these five new board members!
I’m a Pierce County native with a passion for storytelling and a deep love for Tacoma who is energized by the opportunity to serve on The Grand Cinema’s board. I’ve spent years fostering community connections, in Tacoma and beyond, as a professional journalist. My experience includes local publications, higher education, and public radio. I worked more than five years at The News Tribune, reporting on communities and government across Pierce County. I served as senior editor at Pacific Lutheran University, my alma mater, as well as adviser of the student newspaper at the University of Puget Sound. Now, I’m the newest member of the content leadership team at KNKX Public Radio. I’m a dedicated patron of The Grand, a proud SAG-AFTRA member who binges must-see films, and an advocate for helping our city thrive. I hope to use my diverse network and skills to expand the theater’s reach and impact.
RYAN ANN DAVIS
Ryan Ann Davis is a film publicist and communications professional with over a decade of experience in the film industry and arts marketing. She is co-founder and principal at Smarthouse Creative. Named by Media lnc. as one of Washington State's most influential women in film, TV, and media, Ryan has worked with outlets ranging from CNN and The New York Times, to community newspapers and local radio. She has worked in almost every aspect of the film business—from production and festivals to distribution, exhibition, and sales.
ANNE BEATRICE BAKER
Anne Beatrice Baker is the owner and principle architect at ATMO Architecture. She has a Master in Architecture from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati. She specializes in designing beautiful, atmospheric spaces that support human and environmental wellbeing for both homes and businesses. Her design philosophy integrates holistic health and evolutionary psychology with a contemporary aesthetic that is highly customized for her clients’ individual needs. Anne is invested in helping Tacoma shape its architectural, spatial, political, and cultural identity in ways that are equitable to and celebratory of all walks of life. She is a resident of the Hilltop neighborhood, where she lives with her 3 cats. She plays roller derby for the Trampires of the Dockyard Derby Dames.
Jamika Scott, Tacoma native, is an advocate, activist, writer, and filmmaker. Her passion for writing started in childhood, but she was drawn to film writing by a mentor in college and has been at it ever since. As a co-founder of the Tacoma Action Collective, she works toward building an equitable city as a community organizer, and often incorporates her love of film into her social justice work.
I moved to Tacoma in 1999, and my partner and I lived in an apartment in the wedge neighborhood just a few blocks from The Grand. With only one income, movies at The Grand were one of the few forms of entertainment we could afford while she was in school, and I have many good memories of films we saw there. I’m amazed at the scope of their community engagement in addition all the diverse films and festivals The Grand brings to this city. I have spent most of my career in non-profit fundraising as a grant writer and Development Director for organizations in Tacoma. There are so many exciting opportunities for The Grand to grow and I would love to bring my experience to the Board of Directors to help the theater continue to thrive and grow with Tacoma.
Want to meet our Board of Directors? All are invited to our annual member meeting on Monday, March 18, 6pm–7pm.