Shannon Woodard - President
Integra Property Group
Shannon is an incredibly proud parent to a precocious aspiring singer/songwriter, comic book artist, and comedian. They spend much of their time outside in the dirt and mud, dancing through puddles, and singing loud enough for all Delridge to hear. With her daughter by her side, Shannon works daily to be a housing-for-all champion. As a former single parent, affordable housing helped lift her into stability. That stability paved the way for who she has become today leaning into Mother Teresa’s quote, “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
Shannon has almost two decades of finance experience, working in many different industries and with professional artists and designers. She is currently the Controller (fancy-pants-almost-accountant and the fuel that keeps the engine running) for Integra Property Group, an affordable housing developer with 38 Section 8 and 23 LIHTC properties in 17 different states. She is well-versed in LIHTC and Section 8 compliance, property development, and construction monitoring. Occasionally, you might find her reading the IRS tax code for fun. She started her community organizing career in high school with the Future Homemakers of America, leading in the charge to change the name to Future Career and Community Leaders of America. She later went on to form a Diversity Task Force at her university in 2002, working with the administration to draw in and support more students of color. After college, before her daughter was born, she used her experience to support the Exposure Photography Collective and the Boulder Maker Space.
When Shannon had the incredible fortune of being introduced to DNDA she was longing for community. Within the first few moments of joining the board, she knew she had found her people, a place to belong, and most importantly a place to be a force for change where she could use her experiences, professional and personal, to join in the effort to make Delridge a thriving community.
Amani Turnage - Vice President
Amani is a Seattle native, born yet raised in various cities of King County. Growing up between two households from the South Seattle Skyway area and the Federal Way / Kent suburbs, she has been rooted among many communities and organizations on the South Side. The strongest of them all, having been raised as a Preacher’s Kid, are in the faith-based realm and church sector.
Amani currently works as an Accounting Specialist for Coding Dojo. In her just shy of a decade’s experience in accounting from clerk to analyst and now specialist, she has discovered a fondness for learning new systems, especially as they relate to accounting. Discovering different ways to query information through various platforms based on the uniquely embedded master data has led to the constant fulfillment of being able to find more efficient ways to either meet or exceed business needs.
Amani feels very fortunate to have been discovered by DNDA through the United Way of King County’s Project LEAD program. After having taken this course to be trained as a BIPOC Non-Profit Board Leader, she was followed up by DNDA and immediately drawn to the likeness of values and belief in a strong community. She found the concept of intertwining, arts, affordable housing, and one of Washington’s greatest assets- nature was super dope. What has drawn her in the most is the continual education and heightened awareness of equity in a variety of realms including housing, transportation, the workplace, politics, and overall social justice. The way that programs are designed on behalf of DNDA to its West Seattle communities is always deeply thought out with the most equitable provisions. As a result the organization, and all those who benefit through the thoughtful and loving minds that keep it running, continue to thrive amidst all adversity.
Sam Drucker - Secretary
Sam grew up in a small Maine town, regularly exploring nearby woods and tidepools. This early connection to nature was fed by off-grid summers on a mountain in California, where he was also inspired by his grandparents’ love and generosity to always pursue ways to help others. An explorer by nature, Sam has traveled the world and lived in all corners of the US. He’s lived in West Seattle longer than any other place aside from his childhood home and has been inspired to develop the relationships here that are necessary to support everyone who calls this neighborhood home. Sam has a background in environmental sciences, science education, and non-profit management, as well as construction and property management.
For Sam, DNDA embodies the practice of acting locally while thinking globally. The issues that DNDA addresses through its numerous programs and affordable housing, combined with its emphasis on community building and empowerment is a model for creating more equity, sustainability, and justice.
Aaron Edenshaw - Treasurer
Community Health Plan of Washington
Growing up, Aaron’s single mother did everything in her power to provide a rounded education with exposure to arts and nature. While he may not have appreciated all of her efforts as a child, looking back he realizes the breadth of the time, dedication, and money she spent ensuring he had so many memorable experiences. As a board member, he sees DNDA and the programs and services, how they build community and give participants exposure to social and racial justice, nature conservation, music, sports, and so many other things. The work DNDA’s staff and volunteers put into the community hopefully makes things easier on parents out there trying to ensure their children have robust education and memorable experiences.
Aaron’s education includes a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis on nonprofit leadership; a graduate of Project LEAD; and professional positions in finance and grants management.
DNDA's affordable housing portfolio (consisting of seven properties in the Delridge corridor of West Seattle) was what initially caught Aaron’s eye, as he has always felt passionate about housing stability. Aaron was introduced to DNDA following his participation in Project LEAD, which is a training program sponsored by United Way of King County that focuses on ensuring people of color have the necessary skills and knowledge to serve on a nonprofit board of directors. Through that training, he was introduced to various nonprofit organizations, including DNDA, which stood out in the way that they cohesively blend together art, nature, and neighborhood, the three pillars of their mission. Aaron continues to serve on the board because he is surrounded by staff and volunteers that are hard-working, intelligent, passionate, and fun.
Domenica moved around a lot as a child, living in 6 states before she was 7 and a total of 18 houses before she was 21 years old. That kind of frequent displacement as a small child had a lasting impact on her ability to form and sustain relationships in her early adult years. But she also experienced a bit of juxtaposition with that because when she was 10 her family moved to a very small community and stayed there through the rest of her primary and secondary school years. A small town of only a couple thousand people, where everyone knew everyone else, and with all its limitations and issues, people really did take care of each other in a way that one doesn't often see in a large city anymore. West Seattle has helped her recreate that experience in her adult life and it’s been an amazing place for her to live and thrive for almost 30 years now.
Domenica’s experience is varied in different sectors but her most relevant skill sets employed in her work with DNDA are project management, business management, real estate, and fundraising along with a lifelong love of art and design.
DNDA is an amazing agent for bringing people together and helping to build and sustain the kind of community she experienced growing up in a way that is inclusive of some of our most vulnerable neighbors, mission-driven and future-focused. DNDA brings the three critical areas of a good and healthy life, Art, Nature, and Neighborhood, together in a way that no other organization does. Domenica has witnessed and benefitted from some of the most profound and innovative programs and experienced some of the sweetest moments and proudest accomplishments of her life while on this board. Domenica sees that has gained more than she could ever give to the organization, the board members, and the staff that she has worked with over the years.
Scott enjoys exploring nature with his two kids and spouse throughout the Pacific Northwest which connects him to DNDA’s mission of Art, Nature, and Neighborhood. In his spare time, you will find him connecting to his neighborhood (Pigeon Point) and seeing the beauty around our area.
Scott has over a decade of experience in the non-profit sector specifically focused on homeless and housing services. His expertise comes primarily on program integration, property development, and fund procurement. Scott is currently the Senior Director of Housing and Homeless Services at the YMCA of Greater Seattle.
Scott’s first experience with DNDA came at the Youngstown Cultural Arts building where he attended his daughter’s dance recital. Although he had passed by this building many times and rented tools from the tool library, this was his first time coming inside and experiencing the space. When looking to connect more with his community, he became more familiar with DNDA. After reading the mission statement, which focuses on creating a thriving Delridge Community, he knew that this was something he wanted to be a part of. Scott is impressed with the amazing programs and ways that the staff and board have lived out the mission of DNDA.
Verity Credit Union
Josh is a Seattle native who grew up in the Southend of Seattle. Running track for Rainier Beach Community Center and attending Franklin High School, Josh always loved the diversity and inclusiveness that came from Southeast Seattle. Art was always an outlet for Josh. He spent years as a musician and spoken word poet using art as a way to process and understand life. For the past 10+ years, he has lived with his wife and two kids in the Delridge corridor of West Seattle. Today, the Delridge Community reminds Josh a lot of the community he grew up in: it is diverse, inclusive, and community members are passionate about taking care of each other.
Josh has over 15 years of banking and finance experience. He currently serves as the Director of Member Experience for Verity Credit Union and oversees their retail channels and voice of the member programs.
DNDA is a place where you can come as you are. It can help you find yourself and be yourself while helping you connect with the people and places around you. From his first interaction with this organization, Josh knew it was something special. The work at the DNDA builds a stronger community for everyone and through that work, Josh gets to grow as a person and neighbor.
Zen Cloud Consulting
Amy lives in West Seattle with her partner Lisa and two teenage kids. Amy and her family love living in West Seattle because of the easy access to Puget Sound and our amazing parks, bike paths, and of course, Alki Beach! Amy grew up in Minnesota and loves the outdoors and all forms of boating - kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing, and getting out and exploring the beautiful Puget Sound Islands and marinas.
In her work life, Amy is the lead communication and marketing professional at the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center at the University of Washington. The Center is the research hub for all the amazing work being done at the now 35 Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers across the country.
Amy has been with DNDA for over 6 years now and loves being a part of the DNDA family and community. DNDA has the ability to pull you in and make you feel like you’re part of something great! Every year, DNDA has grown and expanded its impact on our community and Amy is proud to be part of an organization that leans into challenges and brings the community together.