Celebrating the Women of United Way

By United Way of King County, on March 8, 2022 | In News, Racial Equity, Success Stories

According to the Library of Congress, Women’s History Month began as Women’s History Week in 1982, when Congress authorized the president to proclaim the week on March 7 of the following year. Five years later, Congress designated the entire month to celebrate the contributions and achievements women have made throughout American history.

This year, United Way of King County celebrates Women’s History Month by recognizing some of the women who have helped make our work possible–from current and former staff, to board members, to grantees, to those who helped lead our events and campaigns. We’ve asked several of those women to share their knowledge and wisdom on International Women’ Day, a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #BreaktheBias. What steps do you believe we should take to create a world free of bias?

What types of challenges have you faced in your career due to being a woman? How did you address those challenges?

If you could give advice to your adolescent self to prepare her challenges women face in the corporate world, what would you say?

What do you enjoy most about the work you do?

Who are some of your role models, mentors or inspirations?

To those who help make our work possible, thank you!

Preeti Agarwal, chef and owner, Meesha Restaurant

Chera Amlag, Author, the Seattle Globalist

Marshawn Barber, Executive Director, Reclaiming Our Greatness

Dawn Bennett, executive director, African American Leadership Forum

Kristi Brown, chef and owner, Communion Restaurant & Bar

Janeen Comenote, director, National Urban Indian Family Coalition

Jessica Curtis, director, donor services/development operations, United Way

Trish Millines Dziko, executive director, Technology Access Foundation

Sara Dickerman, food & culture writer, author of Bon Appetit

Regina Elmi, executive director, Somali Parent Education Board

Renee Erickson, chef, author and co-owner of several restaurants

Veronica Espitia, volunteer coordinator, Casa Latina

Iris Friday, president and co-founder, Native Action Network

Shae Frichette, winemaker and co-owner, Frichette Winery

Theresa Fujiwara, former associate vice president, United Way

Joanne Harrell, former CEO, United Way

Cecile Hansen, director, Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center

Norine Hill, executive director, Mother Nation

Abriel Johnny, board president, United Indians of All Tribes Foundation

Tiffany Johnson, board member, United Way

Jennifer Johnston, vice president of finance and operations, United Way

Bree Kame’enui, board member, United Way

Claudia Kauffman, vice president and co-founder, Native Action Network

Bo Lee, board member, United Way

Jen Nelson Littell, senior gifts manager, United Way

Nicole Lynn Lewis, CEO and founder, Generation Hope

Bianca Davis-Lovelace, director, Renton Ecumenical Association of Churches

Ruby Love, former director, Champaign to End Chronic Homelessness, United Way

Sandra E. Madrid, PhD, former assistant dean, School of Law, University of Washington

Erin Mintz, donor relations officer, United Way

Melissa Miranda, chef and owner, Musang Restaurant

Robin Wehl Martin, COO (kie), Hello Robin Cookies

Zam Zam Mohamed, CEO, Voices of Tomorrow

Donna Moodie, founder and CEO, Marjorie Restaurant

Carol K. Nelson, board member, United Way

Jill Neumeister, founder and president, Orca Design Group

Tracy Rector, co-founder and executive director, Longhouse Media

Andrea Caupain Sanderson, CEO, Byrd Barr Place

Cleora Hill-Scott, executive director, Potlatch Fund

Kamala Saxton, co-owner, Marination

Ambika Singh, board member, United Way

Kathy Surace-Smith, board member, United Way

Rachel Smith, CEO, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Denise Stiffarm, board member, United Way

Angela Dunleavy-Stowell, CEO, FareStart

Leigh Toner, board member, United Way

Mika Yamamoto, board member, United Way

Brandi Young, CRM manager and trainer, United Way


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