FEEST Board of Directors
Marissa Esteban is the Recruiting Manger at PCC Community Markets where her focus is connecting with local communities and organizations to build diverse and dynamic teams across the co-op. As an activist, she has spent her time empowering marginalized workers and building solidarity networks for workers rights abroad. She is currently on the Employment Advisory Committee at FareStart.
Matthew Wo is a first-generation student at the University of Washington. Currently entering his third year of school, pursuing Communication major and Diversity minor – interested in the Public Relations and marketing field. Outside of school and work, he is involved in intramural soccer, football and ultimate frisbee.
Matthew is very passionate about youth engagement and service; he has previously served as an active member and president of Chief Sealth High School’s Key Club and a member of the Seattle Foundation’s Youth Grant-making Board. He became involved with FEEST initially as an event planning intern and has fallen in love with the program since.
Born and raised in White Center, Karishama has been apart of FEEST since her freshman year of high school. She currently attends the University of Washington and plans to major in Informatics. She plans to use technology and data as a way to help solve issues underrepresented communities face and uplifting others to do so with her. A few spots you will find her in White Center is Dubsea Coffee, Pho White Center, and Full Tilt Ice Cream.
Jo has been involved with FEEST as a donor and volunteer since 2017 and is excited for the opportunity to contribute as a board member. FEEST incorporates many of the ingredients that Jo loves – connecting with community, raising our collective voice for justice, and sharing amazing food! Jo has an undergrad in business from the University of Oregon and a background in organizational development, media production, and philanthropy. On the weekend, you’ll find Jo at home working in the vegetable garden or cooking something delicious in the kitchen.
A native of the Bay Area, Mikel (procounced mee-kel) Davila is the son of first generation Filipinos that immigrated to California in 1984. Mikel moved to Washington in 2006 to study at Seattle University and before moving to Sacramento, CA in 2018, he advocated for disenfranchised and disinvested neighborhoods in Seattle. In Sacramento, Mikel worked in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to promote the interdependent nature of California’s central valley and its coastal cities. Currently with the City of Sacramento, Mikel continues his passion of serving and investing in the small business community by leading a program to invest in local restaurants that provide meals for seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mikel is a proud board member and vocal advocate of FEEST and the transformational change brought about by its youth.
Although FEEST was on Regina’s radar for 6 years before she was invited by another board member to attend her first Fresh Flavor event, the moment she walked into the space and found community and delicious food, she knew she couldn’t walk away without getting more involved!
Her love for FEEST’s mission stems from a decade and a half of service as an educator and mentor across Seattle and South King County. Currently, she works as a Capacity Building Coach at RVC supporting grassroots, POC-led orgs in designing and reaching their goals. In her spare time, Regina can be found working on her doula certification, playing with her cats (Marceline & Momo), and eating lots of soul and/or filipino food with her family.
Desiree Gross is a local West Seattle-ite. She has attended University of Washington and has earned her B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Diversity. Now she is currently attending the UW once again to earn her Master’s degree in Museology. She’s really interested in how various cultural groups and communities from all over interact with space and experience in museums and museum-like institutions. She has worked alongside various Pacific Islander communities doing advocacy/policy work and educational outreach for P.I. groups here in Washington.
Desiree has been a FEEST supporter ever since 2010 as a youth herself attending dinners. Her passions center around community building, service, and learning from others.
Andy Fife is an independent consultant, coach, teacher and writer in arts and nonprofit management, located in the Puget Sound Region and working throughout the country. His primary focus is on the intersection of art, civics and commerce, helping cultural institutions and programs to bring relevant and impactful social benefit to broad and diverse communities.
He previously served as Executive Director of Shunpike, a nonprofit arts service organization that provides support to hundreds of arts groups and projects annually. Current volunteer responsibilities include Washington State Arts Commission and the Seattle Arts Commission’s Facility and Economic Development committee. A musician, theater director and writer, he received a B.S. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and participated in Seattle’s Leadership Tomorrow program, a series of training activities designed to develop effective community leaders in the region.
During the day, Ashley is evo’s GM of Giving Back and evoTrip, a position that combines some of the things she loves the most: building community, exposing people to new cultures, ideas and places, making a difference and eating really good food. She is thrilled to spend her free time with FEEST and to be a part of the youth-led change and leadership development opportunities FEEST provides.
Dominique Stephens is a native of Seattle, whose roots run deep in civil rights and social justice. She attended Tennessee State University, where she studied Philosophy and Religious Studies. In 2012, Dominique created Artisan Event Logistics, focusing on public relations, events, brand marketing, and fund development for small businesses and non-profit organizations. She now works for the City of Seattle as the Co- Director of External Affairs and Outreach for Mayor Jenny Durkan. She is a former Seattle LGBTQ Commissioner and board member for Equal Rights Washington(ERW). Currently, Dominique sits on the board for the Coalition of Immigrants, Refugees and Communities of Color (CIRCC), AU Collective, Earth Pearl Collective, POCCAN and recently FEEST. In her spare time, you can find Dominique performing as local drag king, D. Dynasty.
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