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.
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.
FEEST was on Regina’s radar for several years before she was invited by a board member to attend her first Fresh Flavor event in 2019. The moment she walked into the space and found community, purpose and delicious food, she knew she couldn’t walk away without getting more involved!
Her love for FEEST’s mission stems from her work as an educator, mentor and organizer of youth across Seattle and South King County. Currently, she works as lead Project Manager for King County Metro’s Learning & Development Team; however, she has over 15 years of experience working in local non-profits. In her spare time, Regina can be found watching horror movies, playing with her cats (Marceline & Momo), and eating lots of Soul, Caribbean 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.
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.
A native Californian that now calls Seattle home, Gerard has a passion for community service that dates back to childhood. A graduate of Seattle University’s Public Administration program and passionate supporter of the arts, he currently works in Human Resources at the Seattle Art Museum. In addition to his work with FEEST, Gerard serves on City of Kent Arts Commission, and is a Staff Sergeant in the US Army Reserves. In his free time you can find him running Greenlake, knitting scarves to donate, or cooking spicy vegan dishes.
Jamie 真理恵 Stroble (she/her) is a passionate environmental and climate justice advocate, community organizer, and educator raised in Hawaii and rooted in Seattle. As a former youth worker and a community organizer, Jamie has been a fan of FEEST since running joint programming dinners with FEEST in 2015/2016, while she was the WILD youth program manager. She hasn’t missed a Fresh Flavor event yet if she can help it! As a movement builder, Jamie is passionate about supporting young people and leaders of color with the tools and resources to create systemic change, and is thrilled to be a part of that work as a FEEST board member.
Professionally, Jamie has worked in climate change and environmental justice as part of nonprofits, community organizations, local government, and small business, and throughout that gained unique insights into transformational systems change. She led the groundbreaking development of a first ever climate justice framework (Sustainable & Resilient Frontline Communities) as part of King County’s 2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan, and created the Climate Equity Community Task Force, to center frontline communities and BIPOC voices in community-driven climate policy-making. She made sure that supporting youth leadership and internships were a key priority, as well as ensured inclusion of a goal area around food justice.
Jamie previously worked for a non-profit building Asian & Pacific Islander (API) youth and immigrant elder leadership around environmental justice and community development issues, and in leadership development with youth & young professionals, in affordable housing, in environmental policy, and with Northwest tribes around traditional foods access, air quality, and environmental health. Some of Jamie’s current community projects include building capacity around policy & systems change, and environmental & climate justice through Noio Pathways, and mentoring young people of color in public service and environmental fields.
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