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2018 Leadership Fellows

Stephanie Celt currently works to help unite labor and environmental groups in her role as Washington State Policy Coordinator with the BlueGreen Alliance. She has a strong background in ethical trade policy and economic justice issues. She earned a Master’s degree in International Studies at the University of Washington with a focus on International Political Economy, and then served as the Director of the Washington Fair Trade Coalition, coordinating an alliance of labor, environmental, faith, and social justice organizations in support of trade policy that benefits all people and the planet. She also worked as Senior Project Manager at a fair trade and sustainable development organization in London called Traidcraft. Stephanie lives in Seattle with her husband and two young children. 

Danielle Granatt is an environmental, regulatory, and land use attorney currently focusing on the connection between the environment and human health.  Most recently, Danielle practiced at Veris Law Group PLLC, where she resolved environmental compliance and enforcement matters arising under state and federal laws, worked with clients and community partners to develop and implement advocacy and communication strategies to advance public policy discussions, litigated land use appeals and environmental cost recovery actions, and advised clients on hazardous substance cleanup projects.  Danielle has worked as a pro bono attorney with both the ACLU of Washington and the King County Bar Association Housing Justice Project, a homelessness prevention program that assists low-income tenants facing eviction.  Danielle has served as a law clerk at the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3, and as a regional representative and advocate for the global health nonprofit organization, Partners in Health.  Danielle graduated from the University of Delaware and earned her law degree from Villanova University School of Law.

Brandon Hersey is a 2016 Washington Teach for AmericaCorps member currently working for the Federal Way Public School District as a primary educator. Prior to relocating to the Pacific Northwest, Brandon worked as a Truman-Albright Fellow in the Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of Planning Research and Evaluation under the Obama Administration in Washington, D.C. A proud Eagle Scout and member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., he enjoys spending his free time exploring the natural beauty of Washington State and mentoring youth of color as an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 008 based in the Rainier Beach Neighborhood. Brandon graduated cum laude from the University of Southern Mississippi Honors College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. In 2013, Brandon was appointed as the first African American Truman Scholar from the University of Southern Mississippi. Brandon has loved his transition to Seattle and is looking forward to continuing his growth as a leader in hopes of making a long-lasting impact on his students and other youth. 

Arianna Muirow is the Editor and Policy Affairs specialist at Puget Community Coop (PCC), the nation’s largest community-owned food market. PCC aims to create a cooperative, sustainable environment in which the natural and organic food supply chains thrive. Arianna helps to promote consumer education and mobilization for healthy and sustainable food policy across the region and the nation. Arianna completed her PhD in Geography in November 2017 at the University of Washington, where her research focuses on the intersections of new technologies and the alternative food movement. Arianna also has a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, focused on regional planning for healthy food systems, and an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University. In her spare time she can usually be found climbing Washington’s big mountains with her husband Evan, or preparing for the arrival of their first child this March 2018. 

Joe Nguyen is a Senior Manager at Microsoft building learning experiences to empower people with skills needed to succeed in 21st century jobs. Equability in tech is a particular passion, and he is also working to provide culturally competent programing for students with diverse background in partnership with organizations in White Center. He is the chair of Wellspring Family Services’ Associate Board, which works on issues related to family homelessness and is committed to housing 2,000 children and their families in the next two years. Part of the board’s work includes advocacy, and they were able to help pass Wellspring’s first bill (HB2861) providing children facing trauma support using informed care, which was signed by the Governor in the 2018 session.
He is involved with police relations as a member of the Community Advisory Committee for the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight in King County. Their work focuses on building bridges between community and law enforcement to achieve equitable policing. Joe Nguyen is a lifelong resident of Seattle born and raised in the White Center/Burien communities. As the son of Vietnamese refugees, his family was able to settle in Washington with assistance from public housing. His experiences growing up in an immigrant community informs much of his service today. Joe is a father of two energetic children, ages 1 & 3, and lives in West Seattle with his wife Tallie. 

Shin Yu Pai is Deputy Director of the Obscura Societies for Atlas Obscura. She has worked in philanthropy-related roles for organizations including Amplifier, ArtsFund, and Philanthropy Northwest, where she also served on their consulting team. Before moving back to Seattle in 2012, Shin Yu worked as an acquisitions curator for The Wittliff Collections and was managing director of the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation at Hendrix College, where she oversaw a broad portfolio of grantmaking related to the humanities. As a former ambassador for On The Boards, she worked to assist the organization in connecting to new audiences by broadening the scope of their Open Studios program and re-imagining the editorial direction of their online blog. She currently works with the City of Redmond as their fourth Poet Laureate to engage the larger community by using poetry as a tool for public discourse. She has also worked with King County's Equity & Social Justice Initiative to use the literary arts as a tool to promote racial dialogue. A former Stranger Genius Nominee in Literature, Shin Yu holds an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received her MA in Museology from the University of Washington. She lives in Bitter Lake with her husband and 4-year-old son. 

Stephen Robinson is an advisor of philanthropic services at the Seattle Foundation. He has spent his career developing ways to bring both contemplative practices and rigorous qualitative methods into broader contexts where they can be employed to shape conversations and decisions. He now draws on these tools as he advises families and individuals on effective philanthropic strategies to support their community interests, realize philanthropic impact, and unlock their full generosity potential. Additionally, Stephen manages Seattle Foundation’s Scholarship Program, which puts $1.2 Million into the hands of often underrepresented students. Outside of the office, Stephen serves on the board of the University of Washington’s Office of Minority Affairs, the steering committee of Emerging Practitioners In Philanthropy (EPIP), and teaches meditation at a local Buddhist center. Stephen’s heart lies in adjusting society through individual relationship building. 

Christina Sciabarra is the Interim Director of the Center for Career Connections/Women’s Center at Bellevue College where she also teaches courses in political science.  A graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a veteran of the war in Iraq, she works with students in transition, including women seeking to reenter the workforce, immigrants seeking employment/academic help, and veterans returning to school. Christina also holds a B.A. in Russian and Political Science from the University of Arizona and an M.A. in International Diplomacy from Norwich University.  She is currently finishing a PhD in Political Science at the University of Arizona and her dissertation is titled “What Kind of Peace?  Civil Conflict Termination, Peacebuilding Strategies, and the Post-Conflict Environment.”  Her research focuses on post-civil conflict peacebuilding and she has conducted field research in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Northern Ireland.  She also studies modern Middle Eastern politics, particularly the politics of Iraq and the Levant region and is actively engaged in research on peacebuilding in these areas. Christina participated in the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Fellowship and is committed to promoting understanding across cultures.  She is the US program director for the Youth to Youth Initiative and is the new president of Civil Vision International, an organization focused on facilitating cross-cultural dialogue. 

Jeremy Wood is an attorney, currently clerking on the Washington State Court of Appeals. He also chairs the Seattle Human Rights Commission, appointed to that role by Seattle's City Council to advise the Mayor and Council on pending legislation. He also sits on a committee to evaluate judicial candidates and other community boards. He holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia and a J.D. from the University of Washington. While in law school, he externed for the Honorable John C. Coughenour, District Court Judge for the Western District of Washington, and clerked for the U.S. Attorney's Office, Solicitor of the Interior's Office, and practiced as a student public defender in the Tulalip Courts. He graduated from law school with honors and received the Dean's Medal and election to the Order of Barristers. Before entering the law, Jeremy worked as a care advocate for youth living with HIV and taught English in Israel/Palestine. In his little free time, he loves to run the Cheshiahud loop, grill sockeye, and publish academic articles in the field of Indian law.