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
BG’s previous role was Vice President of Job Training and Education. Throughout her career, BG 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. BG is currently a Leadership Fellow with the Rosenberg Foundation mentoring dozens of community groups. Her leadership roots go back to her work as a Black Panther in Oakland, California where she saw firsthand the issues of environmental racism manifest in the neighborhoods she served.
Legal Aid Attorney at Northwest Justice Project, Farm Worker Unit
David Morales grew up in a farm worker family. He has worked in the agricultural warehouses of California and now serves as a legal aid attorney based in the Yakima office of the Northwest Justice Project, Farm Worker Unit. He has been actively involved in community building efforts and in the work for justice in the Yakima Valley and served in various leadership roles statewide, such as Commissioner on the Washington State Commission for Hispanic Affairs, past Board Chair for Progreso – a civic community engagement project for Latinos in Washington, and La Casa Hogar’s Board of Directors. David graduated from Columbia University Law School and UC Berkeley.