FEEST Board of Directors
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.
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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.
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!
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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.
Jaimée Marsh (pronouns: she/her/hers & they/them/theirs) is an activist, an educator, and a scholar from Spokane, WA. She has used these talents to organize with queer and trans people of color, youth, and first-generation college students for 15 years. Jaimée earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan and specializes in community organizing, arts and cultural programming, and organizational development. For the past six years, Jaimée has worked as an administrator in higher education student affairs, as well as a consultant focused on racial equity and gender and sexual diversity and inclusion. Currently she serves as the Associate Director of the University of Washington Q Center — her home away from home during her undergraduate studies. Jaimée gets excited about cultivating a space for people to be their full selves and building meaningful partnerships. Outside of work, Jaimée is a globetrotter and an aspiring restaurateur. As a new board member of FEEST, Jaimée is excited to partner with young people to cook amazing food, build powerful communities, and change the landscape of health justice!
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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We're super excited to announce FEEST is expanding into two new schools next school year! After some really great successes in Delridge and White Center (read all about this past year's accomplishments), we're honored to be stretching and building new connections in...
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