RVC is governed by a Board of Directors comprising of leaders from communities of color, funders, and other community activists:
Estevan Muñoz-Howard (Board Chair) is a Program Officer at the Piper Fund, where he makes grants to support efforts to reduce the influence of money in state and municipal politics. Estevan is a tireless advocate for fair representation and racial equity in our political system. In 2015, he helped lead the successful Honest Elections Seattle campaign—the historic initiative to implement a democracy voucher program and create a floor for political voice in the city. Estevan previously worked as Development Director for Arts Corps and Social Justice Fund NW, and as Executive Director of the Youth Media Institute. He has also served on the board of the Washington Bus and on the Seattle Arts Commission. He is passionate about youth engagement, community organizing, and the diffusion of power. Estevan is thrilled to be joining the board of Rainier Valley Corps, as he is a longtime fan of RVC’s mission to increase the capacity of communities of color to effect systemic change.
Sarah L. Servin (Vice Chair) is a native of Seattle whose interests lie in community empowerment and equity. After graduating from Claremont McKenna College, she worked for Senator Maria Cantwell in Washington D.C. Sarah moved back to Seattle to work as the Washington State Field Director for the Hillary for America Campaign. She currently works for Congressman Adam Smith as a District Representative for healthcare, education, technology, and civil rights issues. Sarah is so excited to be joining the board of Rainier Valley Corps and as an alumna of Teens In Public Service and the Washington Bus, she sees the value of fellowship-type programs and the power that communities of color have to effect long-lasting change.
Miriam Zmiewski-Angelova (Board Secretary)
Biography coming soon!
Zeke Spier (Board Treasurer) grew up in Portland, Oregon and currently resides in the Rainier Valley. In his leisure time, he can be found outdoors tending to his vegetable garden, hiking, or rock climbing. During work hours, he uses his red bike as a mode of transport in his role as the Executive Director of Social Justice Fund Northwest. Zeke‘s experience living and working in Seattle has made him ever more appreciative of how refugees and immigrants have contributed to making Seattle a great place to live. Zeke sees RVC as an important vehicle to build leadership and increase the power of our newest residents.
Tsegaye Gebru is passionate about serving kids and families and helping to change their environment for the better. He has worked in the nonprofit field for over 12 years and has been the E.D. of Horn of Africa Services since 2009. RVC gives Tsegaye a welcoming place to share his ideas while gaining new skills. It also allows small CBOs to come together to address common issues and work to improve and strengthen our communities.
Issa Ulo was born and raised in Oromia, the largest regional state in Ethiopia. He moved to the U.S. in 1999 and lives with his wife and children in Seattle. Issa joined the nonprofit community in 2004 as President of the Oromo Community Organization and Cultural Center after over 20 years of work experience in the business arena. He has extensive experience in business, nonprofit organizations, and community services. His engagement in community service dates back to his early adulthood when he worked with people from different cultures, languages, history, and life experiences. He has rich experience and strong relationships with communities in Seattle that have been developed over years from the work and interactions with people in a multicultural setting.
Bob Hughes is Professor Emeritus at Seattle University. He was an Associate Professor of adult education at Seattle University from 2007 to 2017. From 2013 to 2017 he served as Associate Dean, and was the interim Dean of the College of Education during the 2012-’13 academic year. Prior to this, he held academic positions as a community college faculty member and dean at two colleges in the Seattle area. He taught secondary and college students for 38 years. Bob’s current research and evaluation projects focus on models of effective practices at community colleges – including college faculty development, effective instructional design practices, and equity issues. He has been the Principal Investigator of Bob Hughes and Associates, a consulting and evaluation firm, from 1997 to the present. He holds a doctorate in Teaching, Curriculum, and Learning Environments from Harvard University.Bob believes that RVC provides a model for how organizations can impact the communities they serve, and he appreciates being able to serve RVC as a board member.
Mindy Huang was born and raised in South Seattle. After graduating from Colorado College, she was a Rainier Valley Corps Fellow at the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition where she is now the Coalition and Communications Manager. Throughout her college career, she found herself constantly drawn to community-based non-profit work. Her background includes working on public health and conservation abroad, and the SeaTac Good Jobs Initiative ($15 Minimum Wage). Outside of work, she can be found crocheting bead bracelets, hiking, puzzling, playing board games, and traveling. As an RVC Fellowship alum, she is excited to join the RVC board to stay involved with and give back to RVC.
Gaurab Bansal brings more than 15 years of experience working in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Gaurab currently serves as a strategy consultant for philanthropic and non-profit organizations. Gaurab previously served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to President Obama, where he worked on policy implementation and supported the Administration’s management, communications, legislative, and stakeholder engagement priorities. Before working for President Obama, Gaurab practiced law at Perkins Coie in Seattle where he advised technology startups and venture capital funds. He has been an active citizen since making his home in the Puget Sound, including board service for numerous community-based organizations. Gaurab started his career as a teacher working in public elementary and middle schools in Houston. He earned his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. Gaurab lives in Seattle and is originally from Baltimore.
Emilio Garza is the Executive Director of the Washington Bus, a non-partisan, non-profit that works to get young people engaged in politics across the state. He is firm believer in the power of young people of color and works to provide access to the political system through policy change and leadership development. In between different roles at the Bus, Emilio also worked previously as a campaign manager of and legislative assistant to Seattle City Councilmember Rob Johnson – focusing on labor, police accountability, and all things transportation-advocacy related.