Equity & Environment Community Partners Steering Committee
Dionne Foster, Co-Chair, Puget Sound Sage
Dionne Foster is a Policy Analyst at Puget Sound Sage where she works on climate and environmental justice policy priorities. She is passionate about using community-powered research to inform policy decisions and support social movements. Prior to joining Sage, Dionne worked at Got Green, supporting the development of a grassroots community-led climate agenda through surveying people with low-incomes and people of color in Seattle.
She is also the co-author of the King County Determinants of Equity Report. Dionne holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington.
Jill Mangaliman, Co-Chair, Got Green
Jill was born and raised in Seattle, their parents migrating to the US from the Philippines in the 1970s. A worker from age 13, Jill had little time for politics, let alone thinking about anything beyond survival and taking care of their family. In early 2009, Michael Woo approached Jill to join Got Green's weatherization cohort and lead trainings on outreach. Through this work, Jill became aware of their own leadership and began to relate to issues of environmental justice. Jill also grew in leadership at Got Green as a volunteer, participating in the Women in the Green Economy Project steering committee and later becoming the founding board secretary. Jill was the behind the scenes strategist and trainer for Got Green's campaign teams. In 2012, Woo approached Jill to be his successor, beginning a 2-year leadership transition process to become Got Green's Executive Director in 2014. Jill writes for the International Examiner, Filipino American Herald and the Seattle Globalist. In 2013, they won the Globie award for Social Change Reporting. Jill has led actions at the capitol to protest budget cuts, authored "the Color of Cuts," a community-written report about the disproportionate impacts budget cuts have on communities of color. Jill also co-organized the International Working Women's Day March in 2013.
Karia Wong, Chinese Information & Service Center
Being a strong believer in "giving a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teaching a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime," Karia has strong commitment to digital literacy and social equity. She has 15 years of experience in promoting community technology, providing culturally appropriate training, service, advocacy and direct assistance to immigrants of various ages and background. She is a current member of the City of Seattle's Community Technology Advisory Board.
Many of the Chinese immigrants that Karia works with are family-sponsored immigrants who came to the United States for family reunification. Since many lack language training and social support, they often live in neighborhoods with larger populations of Chinese immigrants to support one another and to maintain their cultural heritage. Karia works with these populations to ensure their voices are heard and to help better connect them to government services.
Hamda Yusuf, Poet, University of Washington
Hamda Yusuf is a Somali-American poet based in Seattle, WA. She writes about identity, survival, and diaspora. Her poetry has been featured at TEDxRainier, City Arts Magazine, King County Metro, Fifth Avenue Theatre, and the Paramount Theatre. Hamda is a board member of Artscorps, an organization that helps put arts back into schools. She has taught a number of workshops on poetry as a revolutionary act as well as a healing art form. Hamda is a senior at the University of Washington majoring in International Studies and minoring in African studies and German.
Jamie Marié Stroble, WILD Program - Interim CDA
While growing up in Hawai'i, Jamie developed a passion for service to the community and the land, and great pride in her multiracial, multiethnic and multicultural background. Jamie currently works at InterIm Community Development Association (InterIm CDA), as the Wilderness Inner-City Leadership Development (WILD) Youth Program Manager, where she fosters environmentally informed, civically engaged and proactive youth leadership among high school students, particularly young leaders of color from immigrant and refugee families, through outdoor service learning field trips, academic support, and environmental justice community projects and outreach. Previously, Jamie worked in native environmental health, air quality and tribal treaty rights, and in higher education administration. She has 9 years of experience teaching leadership skills, environmental studies and cross-cultural studies with lifelong learners and youth. She currently serves as Vice President of the board of directors for the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF) and co-designed social justice, community engagement and leadership development curriculum for more than 3 years of Community Leadership Program (CLP) classes. Jamie was also a co-founder of the UW Mixed Race Class Project and the National Association of Mixed Student Organizers (NAMSO).
Roshni Sampath, Statewide Poverty Action Network
Roshni Sampath comes to the Community Partners Steering Committee with a longstanding interest in equity, resilience, and change, be it personal, environmental, or societal change. She holds Bachelor's Degrees in Environmental Studies, and in Health Psychology and Human Biology. Through her educational and work experiences, she has participated in community research forums looking at subjects from health disparities to environmental hazards. She works at the Statewide Poverty Action Network, whose mission is to build grassroots power to end causes of poverty and create opportunities for everyone to prosper. Poverty Action works to engage people with low-incomes and people of color, and the organization's policy and organizing priorities are driven by the communities they serve.
Leika Suzumura, Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands - Seattle Tilth
Leika Suzumura is the director of Cooking and Nutrition Programs at Seattle Tilth. She received her undergraduate degree in nutrition at Bastyr University with a focus on community nutrition through the preservation of cultural food traditions. She is dedicated to food equity and the pursuit of making quality foods accessible to all people. Understanding the connection between how food is grown and the impact on human and environmental health has driven her work as a natural foods advocate with an emphasis on childhood nutrition education as a way to support the livelihood of the next generation. She is currently working with the City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative to foster food equity through the Farm to Table work at low income childcares.
Lylianna Allala, Environmental Leadership Program
Lylianna is passionate about ensuring that the environmental movement is a diverse, equitable and inclusive one and weaves these values into everything she does. She has dedicated the past 9 years to community engagement within the topics of racial equity, youth empowerment, gender equity, and environment. She has held positions with environmental agencies and non-profits, including EarthCorps, the US Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, and Nature Consortium and currently is the Northwest Recruiter with the Student Conservation Association. Lylianna is a trained facilitator in topics of communicating across difference, diversity & inclusion and organizational change. Lylianna is a graduate of the National Hispana Leadership Institute's Advancing Latina Leaders in Non Profits program, United Way of King County's Project LEAD, the Center for Diversity and the Environment's 2042 Today and is a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program.
In 2013, Lylianna was recognized as a Pass it Forward recipient by the Sustainable Path Foundation. Lylianna volunteers her time on the leadership team for Environmental Professionals of Color Seattle (EPOC), is a commissioner on the Seattle Women's Commission, the Vice-Chair of the Seattle Parks District Oversight Committee, and volunteers with Got Green's Young Leaders in the Green Economy movement. Lylianna holds a B.A. in English, a certificate in Wetland Science & Management from University of Washington, and a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Georgetown University.
Abdullahi Jama, East African Community Advocate
Abdullahi is currently an independent consultant on East African community issues focusing on research, at-risk youth, economic disparity, strategic planning, and leadership training. He has a long history of organizing and community building in the East African community. Abdullahi worked with the City of Seattle Office of Immigrants and Refugee Affairs in 2012 -2013 to lead the Save Community Conversation between the SPD and African immigrant populations in Seattle. In his home country of Somalia, Abdullahi taught human rights law at the Somali National University and worked with the Government of Somalia negotiating peace treaties.
Alberto J. Rodríguez, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/TAG
Originally from Honduras, Alberto moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2010 after getting his degree in Biology and working on several environmental conservation, community engagement, and research projects in Honduras and Guatemala. In 2011, he joined the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/TAG (DRCC/TAG), a non-profit that works to engage, inform, educate, and empower environmental justice communities affected by the Duwamish River Superfund site in Seattle. Since then, his inclusive and unconventional community engagement work has been featured at several local, regional, national, and international conferences. Alberto's work has also been recognized with several awards: locally by the Sustainable Path Foundation (2012) and the South Park Neighborhood Association (2013); and internationally by the International RiverFoundation, International WaterCentre Alumni Network, and OceanaGold Corporation (2014) as one of three finalists for the first-ever Emerging River Professional Award. In his spare time, Alberto volunteers and is part of the Leadership Team of the Environmental Professionals of Color (EPOC) - Seattle Chapter and is an Executive Committee member of the Washington State Chapter of the Sierra Club.
Roxana Norouzi, OneAmerica
Roxana Norouzi has over 12 years of experience in advocacy and social justice work with immigrant and refugee populations. Currently, she is the Director of Education & Integration Policy for OneAmerica, Washington State's largest immigrant rights organization, where she leads work to improve education for immigrant children and families through local and state policy advocacy and community organizing.
Roxana is also a clinical instructor in the Community Oriented Public Health Practice master's program at the University of Washington. Roxana is the Board President of the Seattle Globalist, a global to local news media platform, as well as Vice-President of the Children's Alliance Board of Directors and an appointee to the City of Seattle's Immigrant and Refugee Commission. In 2010, after earning her Masters in Social Work at the University of Washington, Roxana was awarded the Bonderman Fellowship which allowed her to travel to twenty countries exploring and reporting on post-conflict regions, migration trends, and identity. Roxana is fluent in Farsi (Persian) and her experience as a first generation American informs her passion and commitment to community engagement, racial equity, and immigrant justice.
José Manuel Vasquez, Latino Community Fund
Jose is passionate about connecting our community to resources and helping build the capacity of future leaders. He currently manages the Healthy Latino Families Initiative and Latinos in Technology programs for the Latino Community Fund of Washington. As an immigrant that grew up in Seattle, Jose has many personal experiences of the needs of our local community. Jose grew up in the South Park neighborhood and is very familiar with many of the health and environmental issues affecting local minority populations. Through his work, Jose engages with the local community and helps share resources via radio interviews, community presentations, and participating at local community events.
Paulina López, South Park Resident
Paulina López is a full time volunteer, organizer, advocate, and the mother of three boys under the age of ten. She originally comes from Ecuador, but has made Seattle her home over the past 10 years. Paulina has a passion for outreach and community involvement for underrepresented communities on issues that affect them, including access to a safe, clean environment for our families. Paulina has worked extensively to promote local social and environmental justice issues uniquely affecting our recent immigrant communities such as the clean-up of the Duwamish River as well as supporting the work of Health Impact Assessments. For the last 9 years she has served as a volunteer President of the South Park Information and Resource Center, a grassroots community organization which endeavors to foster civic engagement in recent immigrants, with special focus on woman.
Yalonda Allen-Sindé, Umoja P.E.A.C.E. Center
Yalonda Allen-Sindé is the Executive Director of the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs (AEHAP). Formerly, she was the Executive Director of the Community Coalition for Environmental Justice (CCEJ), the first people of color led environmental justice group in the Seattle area. She has been an organizer on issues of low-income housing, welfare reform, children's health, environmental justice and economic justice for the past twenty years. Her leadership has helped the Northwest environmental justice movement and CCEJ emerge as a major force in the local, regional and national environmental justice movement. Ms. Sindé has earned a BA in Political Science and a Master's Degree in Non-Profit Leadership from Seattle University. She is a talented facilitator, organizational development expert, and community educator, and community outreach specialist. She is an effective event coordinator, co-coordinating hundreds of workshops, trainings and events on a variety of community issues, speaking to thousands of people. She is the recipient of numerous awards and her work has been featured in numerous publications and articles.
Nate Moxely, Solid Ground-Lettuce Link
Nate Moxley graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Environmental Studies Policy and a desire to delve into meaningful work. The work, as it turns out, was in the realm of environmental and food justice. Over the course of the past twelve years Nate has a worked for the Community Coalition for Environmental Justice, the Service Board, the Seattle P-Patch program and is currently managing the Lettuce Link program at Solid Ground. Native plants with edible berries, cooking with local fresh vegetables and leading large work parties at Marra farm are of particular interest to Nate.
Lisa Chen, FEEST - Food Empowerment Education Sustainability Team
By way of California, Lisa has planted roots in the Pacific Northwest as a volunteer youth mentor at the Service Board and a union organizer focused on empowering working class communities of color. Her political identity stems directly from growing up as the only child of an immigrant single mother where she saw first-hand how limited-English workers were treated unfairly.
In her career, Lisa has led student campaigns against fee increases at the University of California, organized undocumented youth in the fight for comprehensive immigration reform, and worked alongside housekeepers to demand better working conditions. She has a special place in her heart for youth work, and believes deeply that transformative breakthroughs in young people will shift our communities to act from a place of love instead of anger.
In her spare time you will find Lisa camping in the Cascades, trying new soup recipes, and patiently waiting for pumpkin season to roll in and feed her endless pie craving.