Board of Directors
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Co-founder and Executive Director of the Na'ah Illahee Fund
Ms. Balbas carries valuable expertise in all levels of nonprofit operations and management as well as research experience in water and related environmental issues. Mother of three and grandmother of three, Susan has studied extensively with herbalists, is an avid gardener, cook, and a voracious reader of historical novels. She currently serves on the board of the Potlatch Fund in Seattle.
Executive Director of OneAmerica
Rich has been deeply influenced by the civil rights movement and liberation theology. Rich’s work has focused on the intersection of policy, politics, and organizing across a broad spectrum of issues impacting low-income communities and communities of color, including jobs and income support policy, immigration policy, infrastructure investment, and environmental justice.
Executive Director of Got Green
Jill is a queer Filipino-American community organizer, born and raised in Seattle. Jill graduated from the UW as a student of Human Geography. For 6 years they organized in local and national campaigns involving health care equity, immigrant rights and protecting social services. In 2009 they joined Got Green as part of the City Weatherization program. Here, they stepped into leadership, from founding board member to lead organizer, and played an instrumental role in the formation and strategy of the Food Access Team. In their spare time, they enjoy singing karaoke, cooking, and making things.
Barbara BG Nabors-Glass
Director of Equity and Inclusion at Seattle Goodwill Industries
Barbara’s previous role was Vice President of Job Training and Education. Throughout her career Barbara has developed a variety of youth workforce development training programs, including an environmental stewardship program with the City of Seattle. Prior to her work with Goodwill, she served in leadership at the Seattle Housing Authority and is a lawyer by training.
Nicole Vallestero Keenan-Lai
Executive Director at Puget Sound Sage
Nicole has more than a decade of experience in research, advocacy, civic engagement, racial justice organizing, social services, and community and business outreach. Nicole has co-authored several publications on a variety of topics including financial capacity, income taxes, childcare, environmental justice and the economic impact of living wages.