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Male, born 1941-12-16, died 2023-06-20

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Wright Runstad and Company

Professional History


Building Economist, Ministry of Public Building Works, London, UK, c. 1965-1966;

Project Manager, Cabot, Cabot and Forbes, Developers, Boston, MA.

Founding Partner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Wright Runstad and Company, Seattle, WA, 1971- .

Professional Activities

Member, Real Estate Round Table.

Member, the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

Member, Institute for Systems Biology (ISB), Board of Directors, Seattle, WA.

Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Board of Trustees, Seattle, WA.

Member, Downtown Seattle Association, Board of Trustees, Seattle, WA.

Member and Past President, Board Regents, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1987-1998.

Member, University of Washington (UW) Foundation, Board of Directors, Seattle, WA.

Member, UW, Campaign Executive Committee, Seattle, WA.

Member, UW, Board of Rowing Stewards, Seattle, WA.

Trustee, Equity Office Properties Trust, Board of Trustees, Chicago, IL.

Member, Washington Round Table.

Professional Awards

Recipient, Greater Seattle Businessperson of the Year Award in Commercial Real Estate, 1989.

Recipient, (with Judith Runstad), E. Donnall Thomas Medal of Achievement, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Seattle, WA, 2000.



B.A., Economics, B.S., Building Construction, University of Washington, Seattle, 1964.

M.B.A., Harvard University, Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, Cambridge, MA, 1968.



Runstad married Judith Manville (born 07/15/1944 in OR), a land-use attorney with the firm of Foster, Pepper and Shefelman, PLLC, on 12/03/1977. Her father was Gerry Wright Manville (born 09/06/1909 in Boise, ID-d. 02/13/2009 in Salt Lake City, UT), her mother Jean Elidice Thurston (born 01/27/ 1918 in Payette, ID-d. 08/23/2011 in Salt Lake City, UT). In 1950, Gerry Manville operated a retail lumber yard in North Fruitland, ID. Her mother Jean managed the household that included Judith and her elder brother Gary Wright Manville (born 10/1940 in OR). (See, Source Citation United States of America, Bureau of the Census; Washington, D.C.; Seventeenth Census of the United States, 1950; Record Group: Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790-2007; Record Group Number: 29; Residence Date: 1950; Home in 1950: North Fruitland, Payette, Idaho; Roll: 2001; Sheet Number: 25; Enumeration District: 38-13, accessed 07/07/2023.) Like her brother, she attended the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID, as an undergraduate. She graduated from there in 1966.

She wed twice. Her first marriage was to architect Douglas Zuberbuhler on 09/03/1966 in Payette County, ID. (See, Source Citation Idaho State Department of Health; Boise, Idaho; Idaho Marriage Records, 1842-1969, accessed 07/07/2023.) They divorced on 03/09/1977 in King County, WA. (See, Source Citation Washington State Archives; Olympia, Washington; Washington State Divorce Indexes, 1969-2014, accessed 07/07/2023.)

She received the The University of Washington Outstanding Alumna Achievement Award in 1996 and, earlier, the school's Distinguished Alumna Award in 1992. She has also been named to the Matrix Women of Achievement Award.

Biographical Notes

For many years, H. Jon Runstad has been one of the most civic-minded and influential developers in the State of Washington. Heavily involved in local charitable causes, Runstad has served as Associate General Chairman for three different United Way campaigns; The Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle, is named for Jon and his wife Judy. While at the University of Washington, he was a member of the crew team and has served later on its University of Washington Board of Rowing Stewards. He endowed the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies in the College of Built Environments, which was named in honor of Jon and his wife, Judy.

Member, Board of Directors, Seattle Symphony, Seattle, WA.

Member, State of Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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