2022 Leadership Fellows
Kayla DeMonte is the Managing Director at Citizen University, a non-profit working to build a culture of powerful, responsible citizenship across the US. In this role, Kayla leads the organization’s work on a national slate of programs focused on strengthening citizen power and renewing civic practices through gatherings, rituals, and shared learning experiences. She believes that a strong democracy relies on strong citizens and is passionate about building creative pathways for civic participation. Prior to her current role, Kayla was Director of Programs & Partnerships at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, where she built and managed a roster of public programs, including the Young Professionals Network and Women in Business & Leadership Initiative. Kayla moved to Seattle in 2009 to work for festival production company One Reel, where she managed sponsorships and special projects for Bumbershoot and other major Seattle events. She currently sits on the Seattle Arts Commission and has served in volunteer leadership roles with The Vera Project and ArtsFund. A proud graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, she currently resides in Columbia City and can often be found wandering through a local bookstore.
Francesca (Csenka) Favorini-Csorba is a Senior Policy Advisor at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Since starting her role in January 2021, she’s taken the lead in developing a statewide strategy to conserve at least one million acres of forest by 2040. Prior to working in state government, she worked for six years at Earthworm Foundation, an international non-profit organization where she provided strategic guidance to Chief Sustainability Officers and other company leaders as they developed and implemented responsible sourcing policies. She has a Joint Master Degree of Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management from the Central European University and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Ethics from the University of Toronto.
Nelson Khov is principal at Clellan Consulting, a minority-owned philanthropic advisory and nonprofit services firm he founded. As the son of Cambodian refugees and raised by a single mother in low-income communities, Nelson uniquely blends his cultural, lived, and professional experiences for a more mindful social impact in his consulting practice. Before establishing Clellan Consulting, Nelson was the first Gates Millennium Scholar at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He spent more than a decade in various roles, helping to elevate underserved communities in the Pacific Northwest. Earlier in his career, he worked in various capacities in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Nelson is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, New York University, and Seattle University. He actively serves on scholarship review committees and volunteers on charitable projects in rural Asia and Africa. Nelson is a proud and engaged father of two fun-loving children and currently resides in Snohomish County.
Elka Peterson Horner is an Executive Budget Analyst with the King County Office of Performance, Strategy & Budget. She channels her passion for the outdoors into her work, providing budget and policy analysis to the Department of Natural Resources & Parks and supports County investments in land conservation, parks, and regional trails. Previously, she served as a legislative assistant to a Washington State House of Representatives and as the external relations manager for a King County Councilmember. Elka has worked to bring transparency, collaboration, and stewardship values to all of her roles. She holds a BA from Villanova University in Sociology and an MPA from the UW Evans School. Outside of work, Elka enjoys backpacking with her husband and exploring her new neighborhood in West Seattle.
Michael Mage is an educator, trainer, and systems thinker currently serving as Government Performance Coordinator for the City of Kent, WA. As an internal advocate for organizational change, he seeks to empower city staff using Lean Six Sigma methods to solve problems, create efficiencies, and ultimately improve public services for the wider community. Michael earned his Master of Education from Seattle University and has a passion for lifelong learning. In prior roles, as an adjunct instructor and teacher, he has taught a broad range of learners in a variety of educational settings—from grade-schoolers to college students and now adults. By creating a safe environment in which learners can connect, share, and explore new ideas, Michael hopes to foster a growth mindset in which individuals and teams can more effectively collaborate and work toward common goals and intended outcomes. Born in Seattle, Michael has also spent a significant amount of time living and traveling abroad. His love of travel combined with his identity as a multiracial man helps Michael to consider different perspectives, which informs a more holistic approach when working with people of different cultures, backgrounds, and lived experiences. In addition to his work in government and education, Michael is also a freelance digital designer. He has created logos and brand identity for a small group of local clients, including coffee magazines, wineries, and entrepreneurial startups.
Mollie Price is a Social Studies and ELL Teacher at Hazen High School in the Renton School District. In addition to day-to-day teaching, Mollie serves as the ELL support lead for general education teachers and is the advisor for Podcast Club (which is a real thing!). Outside of school, she is a member of the City of Renton’s Sunset Community Action Committee and Pratt Fine Arts Center’s Board of Directors. Before changing careers to become a high school teacher, Mollie was the lead program officer at the Bezos Foundation, overseeing grantmaking in early learning and K-12 education. She has volunteered with the Youth Tutoring Program, BBYO, and served as Co-President of the Washington Bus Board of Directors. She has Master’s degrees in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership Studies, and Teaching, an advanced degree in entrepreneurship and UX design, and is a trained opera singer and lightweight champion foosball player.
Nicole Sirivansanti is a program officer at the Magic Cabinet, a foundation that focuses on supporting capacity building of community organizations and forging new paths in philanthropy based on trust, equity, and shifting power to communities. Before this, she managed grants to improve global maternal and newborn health at the Gates Foundation, one of the many experiences that led her to examine the systemic root causes of inequity more closely, including the role of philanthropy. Nicole also has the honor of serving on the board of Powerful Voices, a Seattle-based org dedicated to partnering with girls* of color. She is grateful for the education she received from communities, including Berkeley, Okayama, Bangkok & Buriram, Zaria, Siem Reap, and South Seattle. To stay centered, she meditates daily and spends as much time as she can in, on, and around the water swimming, paddling, gazing, etc. *anyone who identifies as a girl.
Kim-Khanh Van is an attorney, Renton City councilmember, and a JAG with the United States Army Volunteer Reserve, Joint Services Command. She also serves on the Renton Technical College Foundation board, expanding career pathways for students, and serves as co-president of the PTA at her child’s school. Kim-Khanh was a child refugee when she and her family left for the refugee camp in the Philippines after the Fall of Saigon. She resettled in King County with the help and sponsorship of charitable organizations and a Lutheran Church community in Ballard, Seattle. Because of her lived and professional experience, Kim-Khanh continues to make sure that government is accessible to everyone. Recently, with the uptick in anti-Asian sentiment, violence, and hate, she, along with youth leaders, non-profit leaders, and Asian American Hawaiian Native and Pacific Islanders, came together to co-found AAPI Against Hate to raise awareness of the situation, support survivors, and hold elected officials and leaders accountable to co-create community-based solutions for public safety with community. Kim-Khanh advocates for human rights, racial equity, environmental justice, and accountability and transparency in government. She sees her work as a public servant as a way of paying it forward. Kim-Khanh currently lives in Renton with her husband and two small children. She enjoys attending cultural and religious events, going on hikes, engaging in community service, learning, and reading with her children.”
Sean Waite is an Assistant Attorney General at the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. He is also the President-elect of the Association of Washington Assistant Attorneys General, a union representing over 600 members statewide, and serves on the board of Northwest Justice Project, a statewide civil legal aid organization. Sean was born in Chicago, raised in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, and has been a Seattle resident since 2009. Sean earned a B.S. in History from the University of Idaho and a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law. Sean loves being outside, traveling whenever and wherever possible, and is an avid Gonzaga basketball fan.