FEEST Board of Directors

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


A native of California, Mikel Davila moved to Seattle in 2006 to study business at Seattle University and in 2014 joined the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development as a Business Districts Advocate. Mikel’s passion is working with historically underinvested communities and business districts to build capacity and attract investment, while centering people of color and women-owned businesses. Mikel’s prior roles include Neighborhood Revitalization Manager with the White Center Community Development Association and Community Engagement Manager with the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. Mikel is experienced with executing funding programs, navigating local government, commercial revitalization strategies, and an established knowledge of real estate development, in Seattle’s recent growth environment.

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.

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.

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

Meli Darby has been talent buying and producing diverse concerts in the Northwest for nearly two decades. Most recently Meli lead as the lead programming curator and talent buyer of Upstream Music Fest + Summit. She founded independent production company ReignCity and is the former talent buyer for both The Crocodile and Nectar Lounge. From her time as a youth at the Old Fire House Teen Center in Redmond to the Student Hip-Hop Organization of Washington, Meli has dedicated her career to providing musicians safe and supportive environments and stages to create and perform.

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.

Marissa Esteban

Board member

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. 
Marissa is passionate about food justice and is excited to be joining the FEEST family to bring young leaders of color to the forefront of this movement. 

Desiree Gross

Board member

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.

Jaimée Marsh

Board member

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

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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