2016 Board Member Biographies
Bao-Tram Do is a Vietnamese refugee and naturalized American citizen. Bao-Tram is a 2013 graduate of Whitman College, where she majored in Sociology and wrote her thesis on how nonprofit organizations engage immigrants and minorities in the electoral process. She has conducted voter registration drives at a community health organization called HealthPoint and at Whitman College. A proud resident of Columbia City, Bao-Tram dedicates much of her time volunteering to build a civically engaged, equitable, healthy, and vibrant community. Bao-Tram currently works at The Seattle Foundation, an organization that fosters philanthropy in King County and distributes funds to local nonprofits. She also is the Chair of the Summer Search Seattle Alumni Board.
Michael S. Huang has a diverse background in both business and community outreach. He is a 2010 graduate of the University of Washington Foster School of Business with a focus in marketing where he also attended the Certificate of International Studies in Business program (China Track). In 2007, Michael founded the UW Hip Hop Student Association, a thriving student organization emphasizing a positive environment & community for Huskies. He has since gone on to found Extraordinary Futures, a nonprofit organization focused on teaching at-risk youth critical life and leadership skills by empowering them through the arts. Michael has worked in the digital advertising space for the past four years and more recently founded his own agency, Milli.
Michael Itti is the executive director for the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. Previously he was the program coordinator for the Asian and Pacific Islander American Voices in Education Initiative at the Win/Win Network. Michael has experience working as a staff member in the Washington State Legislature and as an education advocate for the League of Education Voters. Michael also serves as a council member for the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the George Washington University.
Akemi Matsumoto actively volunteers in the API community as she has for the last three decades. She has served on the Boards of the Seattle Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, The Washington State Commission on Asian American Affairs, The Asian Community Leadership Foundation and APACE when it was a state-wide coalition from 1998–2000. She believes in self and community empowerment through active involvement and organizing. She retired from Bellevue Community College where she lead institutional efforts in racial justice: Courageous Conversations for students, faculty, staff and administration talking together. She is a national trainer on cultural competency and cross-cultural communication.
Arlene Oki is a former planning and development specialist for the Seattle Human Services Department whose primary focus was refugee resettlement, homelessness and hunger services. She also developed contracts with nonprofit agencies to organize communities to advocate for antipoverty programs. Her volunteer work includes serving on the boards of the Japanese American Citizens League and the International Examiner. She is Japanese American.
Stanley Tsao has many years of community outreach experience working with The Connections Group team. Stanley has managed outreach programs for numerous government initiatives and providing better government access to minority and immigrant communities. He has worked closely with a broad range of community groups, government agencies and non-profitorganizations. He also manages Connections’ production projects from direct mails to media productions. Previously, Stanley had served as a board member with Young Professional International Network at World Affairs Council and as the board chair at Safe Futures YouthCenter in West Seattle. Tsao has an undergraduate degree in economics and political science from Simon Fraser University in Canada.
Christina Shimizu is the Annual Giving Officer at Solid Ground, a King County non-profit working to end poverty. She manages large scale fund development and marketing campaigns, and is committed to supporting work that expands community participation in creating lasting social change. She is an experienced trainer on issues of class and race and uses this analysis to examine the ways in which systems of power impact philanthropic engagement. Christina cut her teeth in grassroots community outreach as a youth intern at The Connections Group in 2004. Her previous work spans international development, municipal government, and National Service. Christina grew up in Seattle and graduated from The Evergreen State College. She is second generation Japanese American.
Derrick A De Vera: As a born and raised Seattleite, Derrick De Vera understands and appreciates his community. He proudly represents clients of all sizes in the industries of manufacturing & distribution and real estate & construction as an attorney at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. Because of his strong community ties and experience working with current Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu at the King County Superior Court and for former King County Council Member Larry Phillips, Derrick is dedicated to mentorship and advocacy especially for communities of color. Derrick also loves his local Seattle sports teams, his food, and his coffee.
Sofia Aragon is the Executive Director of the Washington Center for Nursing, a nonprofit corporation focused on solving the state’s nursing shortage. She immigrated to Seattle at the age of three with her parents. She is a registered nurse and an attorney by training, graduating from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Seattle University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Juris Doctor from Loyola University-Chicago. Her previous roles include hospital nurse, community health clinic nurse, legislative liaison for WA State Department of Health and Governmental Affairs Advisor for the WA State Nurses Association. Her passion is supporting aspiring and current nursing and legal professionals as adjunct faculty for the Seattle University College of Nursing and Seattle University School of Law, and developing continuing legal education programs with the WA State Association of Nurse Attorneys. Her hobbies are travel and sports.
Lloyd Hara has a distinguished public service career. He is an advocate for taxpayers and for open, transparent, and accountable government. Since being elected Assessor in 2009 and under his leadership, the King County Department of Assessments has won nine international and national awards for technological innovation and public engagement. Lloyd previously served as an elected Seattle Port Commissioner. He was also elected to four terms as Seattle City Treasurer and named the Nation’s best Treasurer in City and State Magazine (now Governing). Additionally, he was King County’s youngest County Auditor. Lloyd served as FEMA Regional Director; Chief of Budget Design and Development (WA State); Clerk of WA State House Ways and Means Committee; Adjunct Professor, Seattle University; and he headed the Municipal Institutes for Clerks and Treasurers. Lloyd retired after 22 years in the United States Army Reserve as a Lt. Colonel. He and his wife own a print broker business, and he is engaged with numerous Boards and community based organizations. Lloyd is a graduate of the University of Washington with a B.A. in Economics and a Master’s degree in Public Administration.