Board of Directors
Asmahan Akam, Secretary
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Fred Capestany, President
Born the son of Cuban immigrants, Fred was born and raised in Seattle’s Rainier Valley neighborhood. Growing up in the South End, he had the amazing opportunity to live in a community that was rich in ethnic, cultural and economic diversity. Being from a Latino immigrant family that struggled economically, he has always had a keen sense of social justice and a commitment to multiculturalism, diversity and anti-bias. After high school, Fred attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA where he earned a BA in psychology. His first professional job was as a bilingual community educator for Planned Parenthood, where he provided sexuality education for children and youth of all ages, with a particular emphasis on the Spanish-speaking community. Fred has also worked as a college admissions counselor and a non-profit agency administrator. In the late 1990’s he enrolled at Seattle University’s School of Education, where he spent 2 years working on a masters with an emphasis on college student development and worked as a graduate intern in the Student Programs office. Fred went on to Highline Community College where he served as the Multicultural Student Programs Advisor and then the Assistant Director of Student Programs. After 6.5 years working at Highline, Fred switched places with his wife and became the full-time caregiver for their 3 children for the next 5 years. Three years ago, Fred took on a part-time job at University Unitarian Church as the youth programs coordinator. Then in 2013, Fred was asked to become the full-time Director of Religious Education. Fredis currently the Director of College Support at Rainier Scholars. He loves his job and feels it is an honor and a privilege to help guide the lives of our young people.
Kimberly Davis is committed to advancing opportunities for and perceptions about the immense capabilities of young women. Working with aspiring youth has always been important to her. Volunteer commitments include support for organizations such as Denny Place Youth Shelter, Planned Parenthood and FareStart to support young people facing challenges with employment, health issues and homelessness. She is excited to join the Powerful Voices board and continue to support the incredibly talented youth in our Seattle community.
For more than 15 years Kim has worked as a marketing and communications professional with organizations like Seattle Children’s Hospital, Virginia Mason Medical Center and projects for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Currently, she is Marketing and Communications Manager at Rainier Scholars. She cares about the health and well-being of all persons and found this industry a good match for her values.
She is also a mother of two young girls. “They are my light and guide and drive me to support important opportunities for all girls that will make the world a better place.” She is especially committed to helping young women become future women leaders to give voice to important issues that sometimes get lost in business and government and places that hold power.
Jacinda R. Chislum, Vice President
Jacinda is a Global Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Microsoft, where she collaborates with other corporate leaders to recruit and cultivate diverse talent. Her role also includes working to create and foster an inclusive work culture enabling employees to realize their full potential. Before joining Microsoft, Jacinda spent seven years as a recruiter and human resources leader at a large company on the east coast after graduating from Yale University with a degree in Sociology.
Jacinda worked as an adult ally for Powerful Voices for three months in early 2014; she also volunteered at a mock interview event in 2012. In addition, her philanthropic/community activities include serving as a board member at two non-profit organizations on the east coast, one focusing on social services, the other supporting municipal parks. She has also volunteered on an art council and at a youth bicycling non-profit. Through a constant process of self-reflection, Jacinda strives to channel her own diverse life experiences into her daily “work, engagements, and interactions.”
Seferiana (Sera) Day
Sera is a Legislative Assistant for Seattle City Councilman Tim Burgess whom she advises on an array of social justice issues and supports by managing communications, drafting legislation, and serving as a member of the King County Committee to End Homelessness. Formerly, she was the Campaign Manager for State Senator Pramila Jayapal, a Community Organizer for Working Washington (a labor advocacy organization), and the Outreach and Mentorship Coordinator for the Washington Bus (an organization that engages youth in politics and social issues).
Sera was an AmeriCorps volunteer for Powerful Voices in 2009 and is currently a board member at both the Washington Bus and South Seattle Emerald (a community operated online news outlet). She is passionate about working with youth to explore issues of identity and community, which is driven by her personal struggle with issues relating to her own racial identity.
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Amy Garyuam Huang
City of Seattle
Born and raised in Seattle from Southern China immigrant parents, I am a second generation Chinese American with a deep passion for community activism, civic engagement and multi-ethnic research and dialogue. I am committed towards building long-term, sustainable social movements using innovative ideas. I am passionate about social work advocacy for the people in my community. I am privileged and blessed to serve humbly and in humility with people in my community through non-profit and government work. My love for direct- service, case management and creating dialogues with young people as a Youth Development Counselor has created awe-inspiring moments for me every day. I hope to continue advocating, coaching, educating and mentoring young people to become responsible, civic- minded leaders. I enjoy food and fellowship, striving to live life with authenticity and being inspired through art and writing.
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Viché Thomas, Treasurer
Viché is an Academic Counselor with Rainier Scholars, with a BA in Sociology and a passion to cease oppression. At the age of 11, she joined Rainier Scholoars; an eleven-year academic, college prep program. Viche says, "It was at this age that I learned how both my ethnicity and gender affected my reality as my mom explained to me why I had to work harder than my peers to be successful. Growing up I witnessed a lot of substance abuse, violence, gang activity, etc. and always questioned why certain destructive realities such as these existed predominately for people of color." Graduating from the University of Washington, Viché also completed internships and worked at Powerful Voices during her college years. Not only is the work she chooses to do with youth of color important to her, but it is also her commitment to giving back.