Sabrina Ahrens has more than 18 years of legal experience in Western Washington. She recently served as Court Commissioner for the Pierce County Superior Court where she presided over a variety of civil and criminal hearings. She also worked for the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office for 14 years as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and served as Pro Tem judge for the Olympia and Lakewood Municipal Courts.
In addition to her legal work, Sabrina is an active member of her community. She has served as Vice Chair for the March of Dimes South Sound Board of Directors and sat on the Girl Scouts Totem Council Board of Directors.
Sabrina and her husband, Mike, have been married for 17 years and they’re raising their son, Xavier (13) and their daughter, Amelia (11) in Tacoma.
Matt Attebery was born and raised in the PNW. He attended the University of Washington on an ROTC Scholarship and upon graduation served posts in Korea, Germany and Bosnia. He met Aimee, his beautiful wife and partner in life, while stationed in Germany.
Matt’s first role out of the Army was in plastics manufacturing with Trim Systems and Paccar. It was with this company that he earned a Black Belt in Six Sigma. After this role, Matt spent nearly 15 years with Milgard Windows and Doors where he held several positions ranging from Plant Manager to VP of Engineering and Supply. Matt then moved to Hartung Glass Industries and most recently has embraced a role with AA Asphalting as a Director working for his mentor and friend, Marty Diklich.
Matt has 4 wonderful children. Alexis (Ali) is a Freshman at WWU, Aidan attends the Tacoma Science and Math Institute, Tristan attends Mason Middle School and Owen goes to Washington Elementary School. Aimee and Matt are active in the local Scouting Program and serve as leaders in Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops. For fun, they enjoy traveling as a family and have visited at least one National Park together each year for the past decade.
After 20 years in Maine, David relocated to Washington state in June of 2017 to become the Chief Medical Officer at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup. During his years in Maine, David practiced Emergency Medicine in both tertiary care and community hospitals. He also assumed progressive administrative responsibilities ranging from Director of Emergency Medicine to Chief Medical Officer.
In January of 2019, David accepted the position of Chief Medical and Quality Officer at the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. In that role he provides oversight for over 200 employed providers, leads quality improvement activities, and works in collaboration with the rest of the executive team in strategy development and implementation.
David’s wife, Julie Osgood, has a Doctorate in Public Health and currently holds a senior leadership position at Valley Hospital, where she oversees the ambulatory care network. David and Julie, along with their Black Lab Rosie, love to spend as much time as possible exploring the wonders of the Pacific Northwest.
Drea Baines is a business consultant dedicated to the economic empowerment and financial independence of Afro-Americans. For ten years she has strategized and developed plans for start-ups and growing enterprises. As the conversation surrounding racial inequity in the US grows, Drea has shifted her focus to provide direct support and resources to black-owned enterprises seeking capital.
Throughout her career, Drea has worked in the private, public and nonprofit sectors with notable institutions as well as dynamic small businesses. Her work reflects her advocacy for black-owned businesses and has long been sustained through various community partnerships and projects. Drea serves a client base consisting of 90% black-owned businesses and has partnered with larger private and public entities to ensure that each client is connected to, and supported by, greater opportunities. Some of the most notable partnerships include institutions like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Port of Tacoma, The Tacoma Urban League, and the Seattle Library.
Drea currently serves on the Pleneurethics Society Board to empower students seeking higher education. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Y.W.C.A. Tacoma, Tabor 100, and Good Shepherd Youth Outreach. In 2018 South Sound Magazine named Drea one of Puget Sound’s Top 40 Under 40 business leaders. She has spoken at Seattle Central Community College, the University of Washington, and various business and community events throughout the Greater Puget Sound area.
Drea is the wife of Tacoma Metro Parks Commissioner, Jessie Baines, who shares in her mission to economically empower Afro-Americans. Outside of work, Drea enjoys spending time with loved ones and mentors, being outdoors, and playing adventurously with their son.
Nick Bayard serves as Assistant Chief Equity Officer for the City of Tacoma and as a part-time antiracism consultant and lecturer.
Prior to this role, Nick served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay, in the development of early childhood education models in Washington, DC, in a variety of policy roles in Liberia, and as Director of Tacoma/Pierce County’s REACH Center, a one-stop service center for youth and young adults.
He and his wife, Sedia, have three children, ages 2, 5, and 18. They enjoy making music together and performing at their church, Unity of South Sound, and elsewhere. A fun fact is that Nick and Sedia were married in Abraham Lincoln’s cottage in Washington, DC, where President and Mrs. Lincoln lived during a portion of Lincoln’s presidency and where President Lincoln spent time crafting the Emancipation Proclamation.
As managing partner of Archway Consulting Group, Christina Blocker specializes in public relations and diversity & inclusion strategy. She combines an extensive marketing & communications background to help organizations in the public and private sectors.
In 2018, she helped to pass Washington state’s first cultural access program, Tacoma Creates, as its campaign manager. Over the years, she’s worked with mission-driven clients like the ACLU, Washington Environmental Council, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and Big Brothers Big Sisters Puget Sound.
In Christina’s free time, she proudly serves as a Trustee at Bates Technical College. She was appointed by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee in 2016, becoming the first African-American female appointed to serve since the college’s founding. Christina is also President of the national African American Community College Trustees Association (AACCTA). She is the mother of two amazing little boys and the proud wife of Tacoma's Deputy Mayor, Keith Blocker.
Erin Galeno became a part of the South Sound community nearly forty years ago when she relocated from Vancouver Washington to attend the University of Puget Sound. Upon graduation, she joined Weyerhaeuser Company as an auditor.
She is grateful for her twenty-three years with Weyerhaeuser. She earned many new and different job opportunities, traveled extensively, received outstanding training and coaching, and grew to become a highly valued coach to other staff. Her choice to join Weyerhaeuser had a significant impact on her personal life as she met her husband through a co-worker.
In 2009, she joined the Port of Tacoma as the Chief Financial Officer. Over the course of the past eleven years, her role has evolved to include more than the financial functions and she is now the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer. She played a critical role in the formation of the Northwest Seaport Alliance.
She and her husband have been married for thirty years and raised a daughter and son. She always strives for a work/life balance for herself and other who work on her teams. She has coached various sports (lots of baseball), raised money for youth programs, high school and college athletics and enjoyed watching her son play baseball through college. She is immensely proud of her daughter for becoming an ICU BSN.
She makes decisions based on fact and data, but she maintains a level of compassion for the potential impact to other.
Zeek Green has been longshoring for 25 years and has been a foreman for the last 9 years. He works primarily in the Port of Tacoma.
Zeek is responsible for directing longshoremen in the safe, efficient, and proper handling of various types of vessel and rail cargo. Though he is well experienced in the handling of containers, autos, grain, and logs, he most enjoys working with break bulk, ro-ro, military and other non-containerized cargo.
Zeek had always been active in his union, The International Longshore and Warehouse Union locals #23 and #98 until his family life began to require more of his time. He now struggles to squeeze in time for golf and can only wait for the day he can get back to performing spoken-word poetry as fervently as he once did.
Zeek has been married to his wife Stacey for nearly 20 years. They live in North Tacoma with their daughter Maizy, son Langston and dog Bodhi.
Lori Griffin is a lifelong resident of Pierce County and serves as the Dean for Transitional Education for the Pierce College District. She began her career at Pierce College in 2003. A first-generation college student, she is a proud alumna of Pierce College. Lori continued her education and earned a Bachelor of Education degree from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University. Before joining Pierce College, she was a faculty member at Clover Park Technical College for eleven-years. Her work passion is creating educational pathways that help students transition to college and realize aspirational education and workforce goals. In her spare time Lori enjoys cooking and travel.
Lewis Griffith has been a manager for the City of Tacoma Solid Waste Division since 2013, serving as Division Manager since 2018, overseeing operations of the Solid Waste utility, with over 160 employees, who provide solid waste and recycling collection and disposal services to the City of Tacoma. Prior to joining Solid Waste, Lewis worked as a civil engineer with the City of Tacoma Environmental Services Science and Engineering Division for 13 years, working on project management of capital improvement projects. He has been active in the community as a parishioner at St. Leo Catholic church, and serves as Treasurer for the Evergreen Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America. Lewis has resided in Tacoma with wife Michelle since meeting at the University of Puget Sound in the early 1990’s. Lewis’ family includes two teenage children and two middle-aged pugs. Lewis enjoys playing soccer, and playing guitar and drums (not at the same time) in the basement.
Stacey joined GTCF as the Director of Philanthropic Engagement in May of 2019. In this role she serves as a philanthropy advisor, working with individuals and families to align philanthropic intention with action. She brings 20+ years of experience working in nonprofits as well as professional certification as a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) and as a 21/64 Certified Multigenerational Advisor.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in Human Development from Boston College, Stacey served with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and then earned a master’s in School Leadership from Harvard University. She worked at the Wall Street Journal before co-founding Chicago Jesuit Academy.
Here in Tacoma, Stacey has served as the founding Executive Director of the Make the Dash Count Foundation, Director of Admissions and Development for Annie Wright Schools, as well as Philanthropy Director at Tacoma Arts Live. She is the founder of South Sound 100 Women and serves as a lead mentor for the Climb for Clean Air.
Stacey has been married to her husband Jake for 13 years. They enjoy board games, puzzles and outdoor adventures with their boys, Gus (age 12) and Luke (age 9) and trying to keep their dog Chewbacca from escaping.
Erin founded the Tacoma Refugee Choir in 2016. She has been a musician for her entire career, having taught voice to opera singers, Broadway actors, students, and business executives for over 20 years and performing her one-woman show internationally.
With the Tacoma Refugee Choir, she has spoken at TEDxSeattle, led the choir in performances for over 25,000 people, and produced videos promoting the Census and mask wearing in a fun and joyful way,
Erin and her husband Kenneth have been married for 25 years and have two adult children and a tuxedo cat named Mateo. She is very involved with her church and grateful for the many options to hike, kayak, camp, and explore the outdoors in our area.
Mary was born and raised in Alaska, journeying South to Washington to attend the University of Puget Sound. She fell in love with the Northwest, making Tacoma her home after graduating from a Masters program at UPS. Mary became a firefighter/EMT and later a FF/paramedic after being hired by the Tacoma Fire Department (TFD) in early 1995. Over the last 25 years she has worked on fire engines and then medic units throughout Tacoma. Mary joined the TFD administration in 2018 where she now serves as the Assistant Chief of Emergency Medical Services.
Mary is a proud mother of three children: a son and daughter who now live on their own and are “young-adulting” in other states, and an eight-year-old son Zachary who keeps her on her toes! Mary and Zach enjoy exploring the outdoors together while hiking, boating, kayaking and being involved in winter sports activities. When there are occasional moments of “down-time” Mary loves to relax with a latte and a great book.
Jinnie Horan has been the Director of Marketing & Communications for the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound since 2008, after 4 years of working frontline in the Clubs as well as in the marketing/events department. She is responsible for the planning and execution of the organization's marketing and communication strategies and initiatives, developing the brand and voice guidelines for the Boys & Girls Clubs.
Jinnie has been a Rotarian since 2009 and served as the President of the Passport Club of Pierce County in 2018-2019. She enjoys being able to connect with the community and give back through the service projects of the club as well as through the relationships built with other Rotarians.
Jinnie grew up in Sterling, Alaska before calling Tacoma home when she moved to Washington to attend Pacific Lutheran University. She met her husband Ryan at a United Way fundraiser in 2011 and they have been married for over 6 years. They have 2 young sons, Harvey and Walter, who keep them busy all day long. She enjoys baking with her son Harvey, supporting local sports teams, and going on family adventures together.
Tamar Jackson was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. He is a father to 4 amazing children and a beautiful granddaughter. He is grounded and guided by his family and beautiful partner in life.
He is the Director of Community Engagement for WorkForce Central. His role helps address the challenges that come along with our changing demographic, different points of view and workplace fairness to exceed client, service providers and stakeholders needs.
Tamar is considered a visionary with a set of skills and strong sense of collaboration; he can bring a team together and utilize everyone’s strengths. Tamar can turn any challenge into opportunity.
He is the co - founder of 80 grit metal fabrication a black owned small business for contemporary metal fabrication providing functional, artistic designs seen throughout the city. He is passionate in his desire to make Tacoma the best place to live.
Michael Jordan was most recently the Director of Operations at The R.I.S.E. Center in Hilltop Tacoma. He worked to help them develop systems and processes to increase their capacity to help community members rise, equip themselves for success and walk towards their dreams.
Michael utilizes his experience with CRM, process development, eight years of direct patient care in the medical field, along with five years’ experience teaching in Tacoma Public Schools and Chief Leschi Schools, to integrate the strategies from health and education systems into the social services challenges facing the Hilltop Community. He has been a business owner since 2011 - Michael Jordan Photography (2011), and Clarity Consulting (2016). He began consulting after his time as department head working with a company on internal processes and CRM implementation. In that time, he helped secure over $400k in procurements, while assisting with internal business gaps. He realized he could help his community with those same issues. He is currently working with a client who will be launching their Creole Cuisine food truck under the business name, Velvet’s Big Easy.
Michael lives in Puyallup, near the South Hill neighborhood. He has three daughters (one biological) 7, 12 and 14. He is single, and his hobbies include dancing (salsa, bachata, merengue, tango and a few more styles), photography, cooking, playing and writing music, and other adventuresome activities. He is also working on the first phase of his personal project called, “The Black Gold Project” which focuses on helping the African Diaspora with the core principles being, Know our worth, Connect with our culture, and Heal from our trauma.
Lisa Keating was elected to the Tacoma School Board in November 2019. In addition to her board responsibilities, she is the legislative representative for the board and district. For over ten years, Lisa has been a LGBTQ youth and family advocate through her nonprofit, My Purple Umbrella, as well as program developer and facilitator.
She is the mama to a sixteen-year-old daughter, Stella, and wife to Dmitri (co-owner of Old Town Bicycle) who have been together for twenty-two years. Lisa loves to cook self-proclaimed boogie food. She loves hiking, snowshoeing, gardening, and writing. They have a cat named Leo whom they have far too many photos of.
Born and raised in Seattle but calling Tacoma home for nearly 20 years, Leslie Kinkade has been at UW Tacoma since 2012. She was appointed Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement in 2013. In this role she leads the Office of Advancement’s development/fundraising team. She has dedicated over thirty years of career service to non-profits and the public sector including leadership positions in both program and resource development. Her experience spans museums, the arts, politics/government, human services (specifically developmental disabilities) and youth development/education in organizations located in Boston, MA, Washington D.C., Grants, NM, and Seattle and Tacoma, WA.
She is a published poet, plays on USTA tennis teams, coaches for Special Olympics (skiing and swimming) and loves spending time with her parents, siblings, cousins, nieces/nephews, and her husband of twenty-five years, Ron, and their dog, Solveig.
Michael Liang has served as Spaceworks director since 2018, following a 10-year career as a designer and creative leader with the National Park Service.
Spaceworks is a program of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber that strengthens the local creative economy through its business incubator, public art programming, and affordable studio spaces. He and his team bridge the gap between opportunities and creative talent.
His varied career—from art school graduate to park ranger to nonprofit leader—is rooted in public service through creativity. Additionally, he is passionate about building community through collaboration and helping individuals grow as creative professionals and leaders. Michael currently sits on the board of the Tacoma Farmers Market and participates in other community workgroups.
He and his partner, Mark, are proud parents of their rescue dog, Archie. Outside of work, Michael can be found running, cooking, camping, and transforming a lawn into a garden.
Alexandra has represented the public transit community in Pierce County since 2015, positioning the agency as a key to the economic development strategy in the South Puget Sound and innovator in public transit and public utility partnership. She brings over 10 years of experience in public policy and outreach to her work.
Alexandra oversees the government affairs function for Pierce Transit at the local, regional, state and federal level. She serves on the Leadership Council, is a member of the agency’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee and Chair’s the agency’s Corporate Social Responsibility committee. Alexandra has had the honor of serving on the Tacoma Urban League board since 2018.
Alexandra and her husband Clark have been married for four years. She and Clark enjoy traveling, playing golf, and going to concerts (when that was a thing). Alexandra is a BARE certified life coach and loves to learn the magic of entrepreneurship by growing her coaching business. She believes self-care is the best business plan for all things in life.
Maddie Merton is the Vice President of Business Retention & Expansion for the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County (EDB). Maddie manages the EDB’s relationships with existing primary businesses delivering solutions to help them grow and succeed. She meets with an annual portfolio of 200 companies ranging from small, mid-sized, and large across multiple industry sectors. Her work includes navigating federal, state and local incentives, accessing financing and grant programs, permitting and regulatory assistance, connections to workforce development resources, and management consulting.
She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute and holds her bachelor’s in business administration from Eastern Washington University. She supports charitable organizations as a member of Rotary 8 and currently serves on the Classification Committee.
Maddie and her husband Marvin have been married for more than 12 years. At her home in the South Hill, her duties include caring for a 14 pound, 11-month-old male Yorkie named Tobi who demands constant play and walks. In her spare time, she is researching opportunities to travel and camp in Washington great outdoors.
After retiring from the Army, Brian founded GRIT360 to train leadership/resilience, and to help Veterans find employment. While serving in the military, Brian completed his undergraduate and graduate education, learned Russian, lived in Europe, Asia, and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (2005-2007). While in Afghanistan he was the Operations Officer for the military intelligence battalion, and taught English to Kirgi and Russian employees at Bagram Air Base.
Brian and his wife, Kelly, co-founded Kindred Souls Foundation in 2005 and created Unleashed at Stadium Bowl as the primary fundraiser for KSF in 2011. Brian has served on the boards of YMCA, Rally Point 6, Hire America’s Heroes, Tacoma Arts Live, speaker and committee member of TEDx Tacoma.
Brian and Kelly live in Lakewood, WA with numerous dogs and cats. When not working, he can usually be found walking or running with his dogs while listening to a book or podcast.
Holly Powers is a Senior Program Officer at The Russell Family Foundation, where she is responsible for a Pierce County based portfolio of program-related grant making spanning college access and persistence, youth/young adult homelessness, grassroots leadership development and environmental sustainability. Holly also oversees communications efforts for the foundation and contributes to strategic direction setting as a senior member of the foundation team.
Holly has been recognized by the Center for Whole Communities as a “Leader Reimagining Conservation”, by South Sound Business as a “40 under 40” exemplary business professional, as a NW Area “Partner of the Year” by the Washington State Conservation Commission, as an international Rotary scholar, and she completed a national fellowship program “2042 Today” which trains environmental leaders to engage communities in a rapidly changing American society. She holds a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Washington and focused her thesis on women’s roles in the environmental justice movement. Holly has volunteered for multiple nonprofit boards and committees in both Tacoma and Seattle and has been actively involved with both the Rainbow Center and Urban Grace Church for nearly a decade.
Holly lives with her husband Zach (ALF Senior Fellow) and two young children, Frances (age 5) and Ellison (age 3). She enjoys reading, walking and running, and spending free time out in nature or with her family enjoying Tacoma.
As the Deputy Director of Sound Outreach, Alanna is responsible for the core operations, finance, human resources, communications, technology, and organizational development, while providing counsel and support to the staff. Alanna has expertise in nonprofit program development and implementations. She is a leader in the community serving 16 years in the nonprofit arena.
Alanna is an enthusiastic leader with a deep commitment to equity and social justice. She has a deep connection in Pierce County and the surrounding area with a history of fostering and maintaining relationships within communities.
When Alanna isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with family, exploring new volunteer opportunities, and practicing yoga.
Tadd Wille was appointed to serve as the City of Tacoma's Deputy City Manager on June 26, 2017.
Tadd oversees the Environmental Services, Finance, and Information Technology Departments, the TacomaFIRST 311 Customer Support Center, Community Economic Development, Tacoma Venues and Events, and acts as the City's liaison for the library, and is responsible for managing and leading the 2025 Citywide Vision and Strategic Plan.
Having joined the City of Tacoma in 2012 as the Budget Director, he oversaw the City's budget development process and managed its long range financial planning. Prior to joining the City of Tacoma, he served as an assistant director and grants administrator for the City of San Antonio’s Office of Management and Budget.
Originally from Cody, Wyoming, he is married with four children. They enjoy living in the Pacific Northwest and the opportunities it brings for hiking, camping and skiing.