Anita Chakravarti Hale
Anita has 17 years of experience in the legal field, with 6 years serving as an executive director for a legal aid nonprofit. She sees the importance of equity and social justice in her life, and the impact of helping people get to a better place. Since joining DNDA in 2015, Anita loves how DNDA has grown and improved. DNDA provides a holistic experience to a family through housing, art, and youth leadership. She loves seeing people thriving because of things that are happening here. In her free time, she loves reading, hiking, and hanging out with friends and family.
Restoration Program Coordinator
Ben started with DNDA in 2015 as a volunteer and later restoration crew leader. He worked in California as a newspaper reporter until 2010, when he moved to Seattle to pursue a career in environmental conservation, eventually attending grad school at UW's College of the Environment. He believes DNDA's environmental restoration work helps to connect people to their environment and build future stewardship. He loves riding his bike, and he thinks the rain is pretty great.
Environmental Education Coordinator
Bri grew up in Washington being stung by nettles and braving the freezing waters of the Puget Sound. In 2017, she graduated from The Evergreen State College with a BS in Environmental Science. After a short field season, she landed a lab position in the Anthropology department of Edmonds Community College. She has since found her way to DNDA, seeking to supplement her work with meaningful field work and environmental planning. Her love of ecology, science, and social/environmental justice drives her career goals. Her current goal is to go to grad school to understand forest soils in order to better inform environmental management practices, and to use her connections to local tribes to find where science and traditional ecological knowledge can meet. In her free time, she enjoys tinkering with things, being active, and engaging her mind in new ways.
Environmental Programs Director
Caroline was born and raised in Michigan. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Western Michigan University. She eventually went on to obtain a professional certificate in Wetland Science and Management from the University of Washington. She moved to Washington State in 2013 where she briefly lived and worked on Orcas Island. She has since been involved in the environmental restoration field, initially serving in the Washington Conservation Corps for King County DNRP for two years where she learned about PNW ecology and restoration practices related to riparian, forested, shoreline and wetland environments. At DNDA, Caroline loves getting to work outside in the parks, but she also enjoys working out of the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. She appreciates working with DNDA’s other staff that provide programming based in the arts and social justice. When Caroline is not working, she likes to hike in the mountains, visit new landscapes, and play on a Seattle Women’s lacrosse team in the spring.
Resident Services Coordinator
Claudia is a West Seattle native from a family of 10 sisters and brothers, all raised in West Seattle by a single mother. She and all of her siblings attended High Point Elementary, Louisa Boren Junior High and all graduated from Chief Seattle High School in West Seattle. She worked for many years as a Case Assistant for Northwest Defenders Association and also worked for Department Of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Aging and Disability. Claudia holds a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and Human Services from Eastern University. Claudia states, "Being from the West Seattle community enables me to be an asset to the DNDA community. I know and understand firsthand the community needs and what it takes to succeed." In her spare time, she loves watching Law and Order, Lifetime, and comedy TV shows. She also loves kids and doing water exercise.
David is a native Seattleite, and has a background working in nonprofits, video production, and international public health youth work before coming to DNDA. At DNDA, he loves the people he gets to work with, and loves that DNDA does necessary and tangible work on a neighborhood scale. He loves the challenge of integrating Art, Nature, and Neighborhood while working with affordable housing and youth. Outside of DNDA, he loves to hike, camp, cook, and eat. He moonlights as an auctioneer, does improv comedy, and plays ultimate frisbee.
Erika is a native Seattleite with a professional background in banking (14 years) and administrative roles. In her community work, Erika has held leadership positions in music and dance departments in various houses of worship, and has performed and recorded music with several artists locally and otherwise. At DNDA, her lifelong passion for youth and community empowerment drive her work as manager of the West Seattle arts hub known as Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. In her teaching artist and youth mentor roles, born through collaboration with Youngstown's arts partners, Totem Star, Arts Corps, and Interagency Academy, Erika has been able to witness the genius and self-realization of the bright, young future leaders Youngstown serves. Erika is inspired to explore all the ways in which her work at DNDA can utilize art to change lives, and the world.
Intale was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, but also spent his formative years in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Florida in 2014. Shortly after, he moved to the Pacific Northwest to pursue new possibilities in life. He later went on to receive a post-baccalaureate degree in American Ethnic Studies from the University of Washington, Bothell. Intale started serving with DNDA in early 2018. He loves DNDA because of the organization’s commitment to justice, equity, and community transformation. He is passionate about grassroots engagement and community-led programming, and his goal is to become an urban educator and work alongside an ever-growing number of East African community leaders in the Seattle area. In his free time, Intale enjoys reading, writing, attending open mics, photography, and the company of friends and family.
EcoArts Program Coordinator
Jackie was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and is a recent graduate from the Ohio State University with a degree in film and video arts. Prior to DNDA, she worked in video production, audiovisual archiving, and language education. She is excited to work with DNDA to help provide a space for youth to express themselves through art, learn about and engage with the environment, and connect with each other. In her free time, Jackie enjoys making films and mixed media art, writing, and movie nights with friends.
As an abstract artist, Kim worked at Northwest Hospital and created oil paintings before coming to DNDA. Graduated from the University of Washington’s art program, Kim has been doing art for over 20 years. Kim produces various forms of art, including painting, sculptures, and digital art. Kim loves what DNDA represents because the work DNDA does matches with his core values regarding peace, equality, and protecting the environment. He feels like he does not have to compromise his values working for DNDA. In his personal time, Kim loves to make art and listen to music.
Before coming to DNDA, Mary was a corporate controller. She has been an accountant for over 40 years.
Youngstown is Mary’s happy place. At DNDA, she loves reading poetry to kids. She also loves the artwork on the walls, arts in nature, and the music at restoration events. She said: “It’s just fun to come to work here.” She loves what DNDA is about and what DNDA stands for. When she’s not working at DNDA, you can find Mary working in her garden, binge watching The West Wing. She also runs a foster teen council and a holiday program for youth.
AmeriCorps Community Engagement & Development Specialist
Miles grew up in Washington and has most recently lived in Tacoma for the past 5 years, where he found his passion for promoting social justice in urban development. After graduating from the University of Washington Tacoma with a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies, Miles worked at Eastside Tacoma’s Boys and Girls Club branch before coming over to DNDA. Inspired by DNDA’s emphasis on promoting community development through the integration of art, environment, and housing, Miles sees Delridge as a neighborhood that can become a positive example for other communities facing similar challenges and pressures of urban growth. Outside of DNDA, Miles enjoys riding his bicycle, exploring new music, being an adventurous eater, and cheering for the mighty Seattle Mariners.
AmeriCorps EcoArts Program Specialist
Molly grew up in a lively art community in Vaughn, Washington on the Key Peninsula. She is a recent graduate from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Interdisciplinary Visual Arts. After growing up with an art non-profit dedicated to providing art education to underprivileged youth, Molly knew she wanted to start on a path towards providing similar programs to youth in her new community. Working with DNDA allows Molly to do what she loves, planning enriching art and nature-based activities for youth. An avid traveler and landscape photographer, she enjoys traveling to local and distant places when she can. Molly is also a mix media artists, making works on paper using photographs, watercolor, and various printmaking techniques.
Restorative Justice Program Manager
Nafasi is deeply committed to transforming youth education through the arts and creating intergenerational spaces of dialogue highlighting the importance of history in our continuous struggle for racial equity. As a teaching artist Nafasi has facilitated poetry sessions with homeless youth and led workshops with high school and community members in the Seattle area using hip-hop and poetry. She hopes to help bring together individuals, families, and organizations and give greater visibility to the many diverse communities in Delridge. Nafasi hails from Oakland. A lover of great food, she is always looking for new restaurants to try and new recipes to experiment with. She is an avid lover of the world and if you don’t find her watching a random travel show she is undoubtedly planning her next trip across the sea.
Programs & Development Specialist
Nelson is interested in making our communities healthier. He graduated from University of Washington with a master's degree in Public Administration. Prior to his work at DNDA, He participated in many research projects from community level such as analyzing and evaluating HIV/AIDS policies in Namibia and in Seattle, nutritional policies in Mississippi and in San Sebastian, Spain, to cellular level such as how Ebola infects human cells. With his experience, he aims to bridge the gap between science, data, and policies in building a healthier Delridge.
High Point Family Program Coordinator
Robe grew up in a city called Bale Robe in Ethiopia. This is a land which is known for its fertile fields and fresh fruits, and her mother named her after this city because of its importance for the people. Robe graduated from Highline Community College with an Associates degree and worked as a family advocate in a preschool setting for over 2 years. Working with young children and families from different backgrounds inspired her to join DNDA. She loves how DNDA works hard to meet the needs of families and provides support for the youth to have a better tomorrow. Outside of work, Robe enjoys spending quality time with her family and children and she loves to help other community members who are new to the country.
AmeriCorps Environmental Outreach Specialist
Tyler grew up in Northern California nestled between the redwoods and the ocean. He moved to the Pacific Northwest where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Anthropology from University of Oregon. His interest in conservation, ecology, and community involvement led him to DNDA, which offers opportunities to engage in all of those interests. He is new to Seattle and is looking forward to getting to know his new community. When not at work, he is reading, hiking, or playing any and all sports
Development and Communications Intern
Victoria was born in North Carolina, and spent most of her formative years in Tacoma, Washington. Attending one of the most diverse high schools in the nation set the foundation for her commitment and passion towards creating inclusive, equitable, and community-oriented spaces. Recently graduating from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Diversity, Victoria hopes to utilize the lessons from her upbringing and schooling to build a career that seeks to empower historically underserved populations. Victoria was drawn to DNDA because of their commitment to developing community and their outstanding support towards local youth and artists of color. In her free time, she enjoys participating in traditional Polynesian and Micronesian dance, as well as exploring the PNW with friends, and researching music history.
Art Programs Director
Yeggy is an award-winning visual public artist whose work can be seen throughout the Seattle area. Armed with metal, stone, glass and a green approach to his work, Yeggy often uses mosaic to illustrate unity and diversity. His vision is to provoke questions about natural cycles, provide a sense of place and to reflect on the movement of time. Yeggy believes that public art needs to reflect the community, the culture and the people who live in it, especially in communities that are underserved. It’s not just about beauty – it’s an expression of the moment and the people. Yeggy's inspiration comes from what has stayed close to his heart. At DNDA, Yeggy creates and leads arts programs for youth in West Seattle and South Seattle communities. He also works as co-director of the Arts in Nature Festival at Camp Long, a unique annual outdoor festival.