Tag: People In Your Neighborhood

Vu Le: A Unicorn in Nonprofit ED’s Clothing

Vu Le: A Unicorn in Nonprofit ED’s Clothing

Vu Le (“voo lay”) is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a nonprofit in Seattle with the mission of developing and supporting leaders of color to strengthen the capacity of communities-of-color-led nonprofits and foster collaboration between diverse communities to effect systemic change. Vu’s […]

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Othello Activist Mona Lee Helps Shape South Seattle

Othello Activist Mona Lee Helps Shape South Seattle

By Amber Campbell Longtime Othello neighbor Mona Lee is a south-end fixture. An avid biker from Ferguson, Missouri, Mona has spent the better part of the last two decades working hard to make South Seattle a better place. She was on the committee that developed the Othello neighborhood plan that […]

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Beto Yarce Helps Entrepreneurs Spin Straw Into Gold

Beto Yarce Helps Entrepreneurs Spin Straw Into Gold

By Amber Campbell Beto Yarce started his first business at eight years old selling candy out of his parents’ garage in Guadalajara. In the years following, he ran many others, including a car wash, restaurant, coffee shop and family-owned business selling jewelry and folk art, eventually obtaining a degree in […]

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South Seattle Miracle Worker Feeding the Multitude

South Seattle Miracle Worker Feeding the Multitude

By Amber Campbell As Seattle’s wealth continues to grow, so does its economic disparity, and after the holidays is a tough time. In January 2016, the Rainier Valley Food Bank saw more than 22,000 individual visits. When Executive Director Sam Osborne started in 2009, it was barely 6,000 a month. […]

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South Seattle Man Inspired by Pho, Photography & Foster Kids

South Seattle Man Inspired by Pho, Photography & Foster Kids

By Amber Campbell If you’ve spent any time on hyper-local internet spaces like GO: South Seattle or the Columbia City neighborhood Facebook page, then you may have seen the amazing local photography of South Seattle neighbor Dennis Wtpho (i.e. “What the pho?”). If not, you’re missing out. Dennis is a […]

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South Seattle Man Leading Rainier Beach Urban Farm to Victory

South Seattle Man Leading Rainier Beach Urban Farm to Victory

By Amber Campbell Peter Masundire is a man on a mission. As chairperson of the Friends of Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands, he’s helped lead a capital campaign that raised more than $3 million towards the expansion of the farm. Construction is currently underway and expected to be completed […]

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South Seattle Author Pens “Dark and Compelling” Mystery Novel

South Seattle Author Pens “Dark and Compelling” Mystery Novel

By Amber Campbell Othello neighbor Martha Crites is the newly published author of a mystery novel, Grave Disturbance, that Adam Woog of the Seattle Times called “a dark and compelling story.” The book — her first — came out last December and is set mainly in the Cascade foothills. Protagonist […]

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Techie Turned Yoga Master Opens New Hillman City Studio

Techie Turned Yoga Master Opens New Hillman City Studio

By Amber Campbell After more than two decades working in the technology industry in Silicon Valley, Dee Williams needed a change. She had started practicing Bikram Hot Yoga to ease the stress related to her busy career and was impressed by how much better she felt. “It worked, and I […]

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Meet South Seattle’s Pied Piper of Math

Meet South Seattle’s Pied Piper of Math

By Amber Campbell Longtime South Seattle teacher and Columbia City neighbor Norman Alston has quite the reputation, with local parents, students and colleagues singing his praises. “Norm is the Pied Piper of Math,” says Mount Baker mom Christiana Muoneke. “He doesn’t just teach the subject, he brings it to life and […]

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When Others Go Low, South Seattle Fitness Coach Goes High

When Others Go Low, South Seattle Fitness Coach Goes High

By Amber Campbell Mark Bryant had a very rough childhood, suffering more than a decade of physical and emotional abuse from his stepfather. “I know how it feels to grow up in a dangerous and cruel home,” he said. But he never let himself be defined by his challenges. Instead […]

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