CWB Welcomes Visitor Services Coordinator


Please join us in welcoming Kalisto Nanen as our new Visitor Services Coordinator at our South Lake Union Location! Kalisto hails from a small farming community North of Chicago (Harvard, Illinois) where he was raised working in the Nursery Industry propagating Oaks for the Greater Chicago Land Area.

Kalisto moved to Seattle, Washington after completing a Bachelors in Print & Broadcast Journalism and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Montana Missoula. He spent 8 months in the Visitor Service Department at the Museum of Flight and was a Living History Interpreter at the Historic Museum at Fort Missoula reenacting various roles of Montana’s Black Settlers.

At 8 years old his parents won a 22 Foot Sloop (that has yet to be named) in an auction, and that’s where the sailing bug started for the whole family. “Every labor day we would go sailing about 30 minutes north of us, in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Williams Bay, Wisconsin and Lake Delevan.

“We would also go sailing on the Great Lakes and Lake Winnebago. I have many fond adventures of my time on the water from taking a ferry out to Catalina at 6 years old and experiencing my first bout of sea sickness, which lead to taking Dramamine each time I was on our families sloop to my first lesson in a dinghy and 420. I have had those feelings of being the heaviest, tallest kid that got blamed for capsizing a boat to good times in canoes, row boats, paddle boats and my 3 weeks aboard a 46 foot Ketch the Labe Yoseph in the British Virgin Islands.”

When not on the water you can find Kalisto in the water swimming, playing guitar and making weird playlists (he even has a sailing music playlist), gardening, reading, blogging about plant-based foods, dancing or walking around Seattle’s numerous cultural neighborhoods.

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