Lisa Chen

Executive Director, lisa@feestseattle.org

By way of San Diego, Lisa is a first generation Taiwanese-American organizer that has focused the last ten years of her career on empowering working class communities of color in systems change work. She became politicized as a college student when she saw the contradictions of the University refusing to give their food service workers a living wage while at the same time raising student fees at an alarming rate. She organized student-led advocacy campaigns that related to access and affordability for low-income students of color, in-state tuition for undocumented students, and a fair union contract for service workers. She then moved to San Francisco to work at the esteemed Asian Law Caucus as a community advocate leading campaigns to end deportations of Asian undocumented youth and organize for comprehensive immigration reform at the national and state level. She landed in Seattle to work for a union that empowered housekeepers to advocate for better working conditions and livable wages.

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. Her relationship to food is rooted in her experiences growing up eating Burger King and McDonald’s out of convenience and seeing the ongoing mental and physical health impacts. 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.

Alex Il

Organizing Director, alex@feestseattle.org

Alex is a first-generation Cambodian-American who brings 5 years of organizing experience into FEEST.  Previously he was the Political Action Director at the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21 where he focused on workers’ rights advocacy and engaging folks across the Puget Sound in the political process. Hailing from Lacey and growing up in a single parent immigrant household, he saw first-hand and experienced how lack of access creates a gap in opportunity.  It has been his mission to help empower the voices of low-income and working-class communities of color to speak out against the systems of oppression.

He is inspired by youth and believes they will be the future of systems change.  He is honored to be able to create positive community change arm in arm with youth leaders and kickin’ back and co-creating a delicious meal with them.

In his free time, you can find Alex at a nearby hiking trail, shooting hoops at the local park, or at a Pho restaurant in an endless search for the perfect broth.


Becca Meredith

Development Manager, becca@feestseattle.org

Becca comes to FEEST with six years of non-profit and organizing experience in the Seattle area. Previously she was Community Engagement Program Manager at Forterra where she worked throughout South King County on food access and policy change. Becca is passionate about the intersections of health and justice and is thrilled to be joining the FEEST team as Development Manager to support youth empowerment and food justice systems change.

As an organizer, Becca educates and organizes white folks for racial justice. Locally she is on the leadership team of the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites and nationally she works with Showing Up for Racial Justice.

Becca grew up in the PNW and is blessed to have a big family and strong community around her. In her free time you can find her making sauerkraut, spending time outside or learning to play the piano.

Zumi Mizokami

Dinner Coordinator, zumi@feestseattle.org

Zumi is a trans/queer martian Yonsei, originally from the deserts of LA.  He used to aspire to be a fashion designer but by way of life, he’s taken his rocket through the worlds of political theater, sci-fi filmmaking, sexual health education, queer youth organizing, worker organizing, and kitchens.

For over a decade, Zumi has been navigating being a restaurant worker while being queer, femme, trans, androgynous, and masculine (all of these expressions simultaneously).  As a worker in many hierarchical kitchens, he has aimed to evolve kitchen culture to be zero percent racist, misogynistic and patriarchal, and in return two hundred percent about connection and creativity.  Although this has always been a steep challenge, it has been a survival practice.  In a previous Los Angeles restaurant, Zumi was able to build worker solidarity with his co-workers and eventually launched a worker organizing campaign that successfully pushed back against wage theft and disrespect in the industry.  He learned that there is infinite power in the people, that worker justice is food justice, and that we have a lot more transforming to do.

Zumi is forever dreaming of making food with people he loves, for people he loves, and is stoked that he gets to do this in the FEEST kitchen.  He sees that young people of color are bursting at the seams with brave and radical creativity, and is so honored to be in the realm of this magic.  With lots to learn, and lots to explore, Zumi is a hungry creature with wide eyes and a grandpa spirit, SO ready to revolt in love with ya’ll.

Thuy-Mai Nguyen

FCYO Organizing Fellow, thuy-mai@feestseattle.org

Thuy-­Mai Nguyen first fell for FEEST after consistently stalking their website 2,000 miles away. Typical modern­-day love story. She had been making home in Providence, RI for the past seven years where she played rugby, found life-long friendships, and mentored youth with talks of future. Having grown up in a working class immigrant household, Thuy-­Mai found her political passion in access to post-­secondary education for first-­generation and low-­income students of color. Whether the options after high school are workforce development, trade school, college or otherwise, she is dedicated to advocating for the agency and autonomy of young adults to be able to choose their own life paths. Joining FEEST, Thuy-­Mai is amped to continue working alongside youth in demanding a more just future for our bodies, minds and communities.

In any free moment, you can find Thuy-­Mai eating through Seattle’s International District one steaming­-hot-­bowl-­of-something-­obviously-­awesome at a time. Phở, Bibimbap, Szechuan hotpot – you name it.

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