Youth Organizer, email@example.com
Alisha is the daughter of two West-Indian immigrants and was born and raised in South Seattle. While attending Whitman College as a working class, first-generation student, Alisha found her passion for organizing when she realized a lack of support for students of color attending the predominately white institution. After receiving her B.A., Alisha moved back home to organize with other young people around progressive local politics with a focus on social justice and anti-oppression.
Alisha’s love for sharing knowledge has led her to FEEST with hopes of one day becoming an educator working to create a society where academic success is prioritized for all students, regardless of identity. She is excited to explore how her work in food justice can also support her passion for equity in education and is excited to work with the young people of FEEST.
Alisha loves the water and frequents the nearest lake when she needs grounding. When she is not working, you can find her watching Youtube videos, spending time with family/friends, writing, and spending time with her first love — sleep.
Organizing Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Arista Burwell-Chen is the mixed-race daughter of a Chinese refugee, born and raised in Seattle’s Central District. Her experiences growing up in the Central District drive her desire to organize with communities of color for systemic change, particularly around food justice and gentrification.
Arista is passionate about organizing sustainably, and strives to bring a strong ethic of social generosity and community care to organizing spaces. She deeply believes in youth power and decision making, and feels lucky to get to support FEEST fellows’ creative brilliance and joyful movement building.
Outside of her work with FEEST, you can find Arista learning new songs on the ukulele, listening to adrienne maree brown and Autumn Brown’s podcast, How to Survive the End of the World, and dreaming up recipes for whatever fruits and veggies are in season at Lee’s.
Youth Organizer, email@example.com
Sierra is a mixed Black Cherokee and White South Seattle local bringing three years of campus organizing experience at Western Washington University to FEEST. Originally starting college in Pennsylvania at Allegheny College, Sierra’s experience transitioning from a low-income community of color to a rich, white, elite institution sparked their journey toward radically reimagining wholeness in a school context. Sierra’s journey towards self-understanding and reclamation was greatly informed by their exposure to living a life of duality; being both Black and White, growing up both working class and with privilege, and exploring indigeneity while living under colonialism. Living life within two opposing worlds has fueled Sierra’s passion to collectively imagine alternative spaces where queer, differently abled, and low income youth of color are joyfully whole.
Sierra is inspired by the radical understanding of self that today’s youth embody. They are constantly blown away by the work of youth of color, particularly Black youth, who are making their experiences known and demanding power.
In their free time Sierra likes to ride their bike around Seattle, bake pies (strawberry rhubarb is their favorite), and make art on their porch with their friends. One day Sierra hopes to become an avid kickboxer, a licensed tattoo artist, and learn how to successfully keep their plants alive.
Youth Organizer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Interim Executive Director, email@example.com
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.
Communications and Development Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Leigh Thomas is a Black, queer artist who first encountered FEEST as a teenager participating in weekly dinners at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Since then, they have continued to develop as an artist, community organizer, and storyteller. Leigh joins the FEEST staff with ten years of experience as a communications professional, helping nonprofits to better tell their stories and deepen connections within their communities.
Outside of work, Leigh is a musician, poet, cat parent, and Star Trek fan. They enjoy laughing with friends, eating blueberry pancakes, and trying out new fashion and makeup trends. Over the years, Leigh has spent time organizing around LGBTQ youth rights and racial justice through both grassroots and “mainstream” channels. They believe strongly in the arts as a tool for transformation and are committed to fostering community liberation and radical joy.
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