Our 2017-2019 Community Impact Cohort
Amir Noir Soulkin
East African Community Services
Amir Noir Soulkin is a Social Justice scholar and advocate concerned with the investigation of Infinite Human Potential and Capacity Building in underrepresented, people of color communities. Formally trained in Cultural Studies, Noir deploys both Black Feminist and Foucauldian analyses to issues of power, representation, and social equity. Noir has more than 15 years of technology design and management, visual communications, brand development and resuscitation experience. Noir is committed to working within the realms of civic governmental and community networks to increase the quality of life for these marginalized populations.
Rainier Valley Corps
Florence (also goes by Flo) is a native Seattleite. Florence graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in American Ethnic Studies and Communications as well as a MA in Public Administration with a focus on nonprofit management and education policy. She is a youth advocate and educator who worked with young people on leadership development, higher education access (not limited to 4-year institutions), and higher education retention and other social services for the last 8 years. Her experience in small and large nonprofit organizations led them to their graduate education and to this fellowship as a nonprofit capacity builder.
Paul Laughlin was born and raised in the Filipino communities of San Francisco & Daly City. At 13 years old, his cousin taught him how to DJ and they would do gigs primarily within the Filipino community. He moved to Los Angeles, where he stayed for 11 years, to attend CSU Long Beach studying and eventually practicing civil engineering. In 2014, Paul moved to Seattle so he could attend the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance where he received a Master of Public Administration with a Nonprofit Management Certificate. He joined Totem Star as a Development Intern in mid-2015 and has worked closely with the Executive Director to help create and implement strategies for sustainable organizational growth.
Johnny is a proud Black Ethiopian American. Shaped by some of the most inspiring mentors during college years, Johnny garnered a passion for community organizing. His heroes include Stokely Carmichael, Angela Davis, and Martin Luther King Jr. After graduating from Seattle University, Johnny moved to Philadelphia and spent a year working with folks who come from formerly incarcerated or substance abuse backgrounds. Johnny wants to dedicate his life working alongside and for communities of color. You catch Johnny running around Seattle, chanting Black Lives Matter, and listening to HIP HOP.
Metasabia was born in Ethiopia. She has lived half her life in the U. S. and the other half in Ethiopia, Turkey, Croatia, Niger, and Uganda. She has worked with orphans, after-school programs at homeless shelters, in peacebuilding conferences in Vermont and Rwanda and in war zones. Metasabia believes that there are infinite possibilities, and as a society, if we would cultivate creativity and co-created spaces, we would be living in a healthier and more joy-filled world.
Somali Health Board
Mohamed’s favorite quote is, “Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom” from Thomas Carlyle. Having grown up in Dadaab refugee camp, one of the largest refugee camps in the world, Mohamed’s life has prepared him to love helping others-even before he was good at community organizing. Mohamed has lived in and around the King County area for the last 13 years. Between discovering his artistic and poetic talents while running around organizing and attending community events; both his character and personality has developed and transformed into taking leadership roles within the East African Community of Seattle. His favorite hobby is listening to classic African music and writing and reading poetry.
Ethiopian Community in Seattle
Rahel is a recent graduate of Seattle Pacific University with a BA of Global Development. She was born and lived half of her life in Ethiopia. She has experience in nonprofit management, social services, and donor relations with under-resourced communities on a global scale. She Co-Founded and serves as Board of Director for an international nonprofit focused on eradicating poverty through education provision for underprivileged children in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. Rahel is passionate about issues in social justice especially in refugee and immigrant communities. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, listening to podcasts, and long naps on a hammock. She is excited to serve as an RVC Fellow and give back to her community.
Voices of Tomorrow
Hana was adopted from South Korea and has lived in Seattle her whole life. She graduated from the University of Washington with an Early Learning and Family Studies degree. Hana has a passion for working with children and families and being a support for social change. While starting her work in the nonprofit field she saw so many disparities that it motivated her to continue her work with children and families. This work has given her the drive to work towards a more just society. In her free time, Hana love’s to build Lego sets and play with her dog.
Michael “Miko” Pugal
Miko was born and raised in the South End, tracing his stomping grounds from Beacon Hill Park all the way to Othello Park. His commitment to his community is rooted in access to leadership for young folks. He’s a firm believer in the effectiveness of movement building, change work, and liberation work when young people are allowed to be apart of that process. Miko has been doing youth work for 4 years all throughout the South End primarily focusing on the intersection of sports, race, class, and sex. When he’s not breaking down the doors of systemic oppression, you can catch him in the South End coaching Ultimate Frisbee.
Families of Color Seattle
Jessica was born and raised in Singapore and is a recent graduate of the University of Washington. They got their nonprofit beginnings doing organizational development in political advocacy and are determined to hone their operations and systems-thinking skills to strengthen POC-led organizations and movements. In their free time, Jessica enjoys finding good food around Seattle with their mom, reading, and attempting to befriend every dog in the city.
Our 2017-2019 Community Impact Partner Organizations
|AGE-UP: Empowers young women to develop positive identity and collective strength. We bring girls together across diverse backgrounds through the sport and community of Ultimate frisbee to build a movement for social justice.|
|East African Community Services: Dedicated to improving the well-being and quality of life for East African youth and their families in Seattle.|
|Ethiopian Community in Seattle: Serving refugees and immigrants of Ethiopia and African descents in Seattle since 1983.|
|Families of Color Seattle: Working toward a vision of every child of color being born into a community that is racially and economically just.|
|Got Green: A grassroots group in the Seattle area led by young adults and people of color that promotes the movement for an equitable, green economy as the best way to fight poverty and global warming at the same time.|
|Powerful Voices: Fosters adolescent girls’ development by providing programs and promoting social justice so girls can realize their dreams, engage their communities and shape a better world.|
|Puget Sound Sage: Combines research, innovative public policy and organizing to ensure all people have an affordable place to live, a good job, a clean and healthy environment, and access to public transportation.|
|Somali Health Board: Reduce health disparities of the Somali immigrants and refugees and to and improve health outcomes within the communities through advocacy, education, and partnership.|
|Totem Star: Empowers youth with life skills through music production and performance to increase leadership, civic engagement, and community building.|
|Voices of Tomorrow: Provides cultural responsive services focused on Early Childhood Education.|