FEEST Board of Directors

Andy Fife


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.

Ashley Miller


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.

Mikel Davila


Bio coming soon!

Matthew Wo


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.

Branden Born

Board member

I’m a faculty member in Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington. I’m interested in how societies plan, who is involved and who isn’t and the differential impacts of decision making on communities. I particularly like to think about food systems as they relate to democracy or participation in social life. I also have this thing for school buses in general, and one in particular. ¡Vámanos!

Meli Darby

Board member

Bio coming soon!

Randy Engstrom

Randy Engstrom has been a passionate advocate and organizer of cultural and community development for over 15 years. He is currently the Director of the Office of Arts and Culture for the City of Seattle. Most recently he owned and operated Reflex Strategies, a cultural and community based consulting business. He served as Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission in 2011 after serving 2 years as Vice-Chair, and was Chair of the Facilities and Economic Development Committee from 2006 to 2010. Previously he served as the Founding Director of the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, a multimedia/multidisciplinary community space that offers youth and community member’s access to arts, technology, and cultural resources (www.youngstownarts.org).

In 2009 Randy received the Emerging Leader Award from Americans for the Arts and was one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. He is a graduate of the Evergreen State College in Olympia, and he received his Executive Masters in Public Administration at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs.

Val Thomas-Matson

Board member

Val Thomas-Matson earned her B.A. in Broadcast Communications and Early Childhood Development at Western Washington University. She’s a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and proud Seattle-ite.  She currently is an independent consultant working with North by Northwest Productions and the Healthy King County Coalition.

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May 9th: Make Food Make Fam

Join FEEST on May 9th for our second annual Make Food Make Fam! This is a fun, informal event for the FEEST family cook, eat, share stories, experience the FEEST magic and celebrate everyone who supports FEEST, from parents to teachers to community partners to...

March FEEST Newsletter

Happy Spring from FEEST! We hope the season of change, rebirth and transition is treating you well. We are in the midst of lots of action at FEEST and we are excited to share stories from recent adventures. Taste the Rainbow Salad Challenge  FEEST recently hosted a...

FEEST February Newsletter

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