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SCIDpda Council

Mike Omura, Chair

NBBJ

Mike Omura has been an active and valued participant in the Seattle Chinatown International District for decades as a community volunteer, a member of the International District Special Review Board, and as an architect for the first phase of ID Village Square. Mr. Omura has over 25 years of architectural experience and is currently a Senior Associate/Project Manager at NBBJ providing direction for a wide range of higher education, civic, and private commercial development projects.


David Chang, MD, Treasurer

The Polyclinic

David Chang, MD has been a sleep physician at Polyclinic, a multi-specialty medical group in Seattle for the last 5 years. Prior to arriving to Seattle, he was the medical director of the J.E. Wood Clinic at Pennsylvania Hospital and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He did his internal medicine residency and chief resident year at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia and his sleep medicine fellowship at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

He has been recognized in the Top Doc issues of both Seattle Magazine and Seattle Metropolitan Magazine for the last few consecutive years.

He has a passion for caring for others and wants to translate this enthusiasm to help the SCIDpda carry out its mission to preserve, promote and develop the Seattle Chinatown International District as a vibrant community and unique ethnic neighborhood.


Rita Brogan, Secretary

PRR

Rita Brogan is President and Chief Executive Officer of PRR, Inc., a public affairs and communications consulting firm founded in 1981, with offices in Seattle and Washington, D.C.. With over thirty years’ experience in project management, communications, marketing and research, Ms. Brogan is skilled at providing leadership and vision in the context of collaboration. Prior to joining PRR, Ms. Brogan served as Superintendent of Public Transportation Development at Seattle Metro and as chief land use advisor to King County Executive Randy Revelle.

She has a long history of public and civic service spanning the fields of human services, environment, transportation, civil rights, research and education. She currently serves on the board of the Downtown Seattle Association the Northwest Learning and Achievement Group and the advisory committee for UW Graduate School. She also hosts a public affairs program called Muni League Forum on KCTV.


Scott Yasui, Treasurer

Riddell Williams PS

Scott Yasui joined the Riddell Williams firm in 2000 and became a Principal in 2002. He currently practices in real estate and corporate transactions. Prior to joining Riddell Williams, Scott was an associate at the Nathanson Group in Seattle where he focused on real estate and construction law. Before joining the Nathanson Group Scott worked as an associate at Tanaka & Tsugawa in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Scott developed an appreciation for various Asian cultures while growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii. Scott’s Japanese-American background and involvement in various Seattle community organizations sparked his interest in SCIDpda. Scott was an active member in various youth groups in Hawaii, including coaching junior varsity high school volleyball and basketball. Upon returning to Seattle, Scott continued his involvement with youth sports and has coached baseball for the Northwest Seattle Little League and basketball at Ballard community center. Scott is also a former board member of The Service Board, which provides teenage youths community and leadership development skills and training. Scott learned about The Service Board opportunity through a classmate of his Leadership Tomorrow class. Scott is a graduate of the University of Hawaii and the University of Washington School of Law.


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Casey Huang

Mithun

Casey Huang is Associate Principal at Mithun with 22 years of architectural experience. Through her design work as an architect, she strives to make a meaningful difference in the community. She was the designer for many outstanding projects including several award winning projects – Marina Building at Shilshole Bay Marina in Ballard, REI Flagship Store in downtown Seattle, and Thea’s Landing in Tacoma. Born and raised in Beijing, China, Ms. Huang received her Bachelor Degree in Architecture from the Tsinghua University in Beijing, and her Master Degree in Architecture from the University of Nebraska. She is also a graduate of the Design Firm Leadership and Management Certificate Program from the University of Washington. As a first generation immigrant, she has been actively involved in the Asian community; she served on the board of the National Association of Asian American Professionals – Seattle Chapter as the Scholarship Chair for 2010 and 2011.


Michael Itti

Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs

Michael Itti is a program coordinator at the Win/Win Network, a non-profit organization based in Seattle. He works to engage Asian and Pacific Islander (API) families, educators, and community members in education advocacy to support the academic success of API students. Previously, Michael worked to promote civic and political engagement as a campaign manager for a state representative, a communications specialist for the State House in Olympia, and an education advocate for the League of Education Voters. Michael is active in the Asian and Seattle Chinatown International District community. He serves on the boards of the Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce, and Asian Pacific Americans for Civic Empowerment. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the George Washington University.


Josephine Tamayo Murray

Catholic Community Services of Western WA

Josephine Tamayo Murray is vice president for public policy at Catholic Community Services of Western Washington. Ms. Tamayo Murray brings an impressive knowledge of housing and human services development and management to the SCIDpda executive council. She also serves on the board of the Washington Economic Development Finance Authority, and previously served as a commissioner with the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. A Seattle native, Ms. Tamayo Murray received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology and her Master of Social Work from the University of Washington.


Jennifer Phang

Architectural Werks, Inc.

Jennifer Phang graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s School of Architecture and is now a licensed architect at Architectural Werks, Inc, which specializes in veterinary clinics and corporate offices. She was born in Malaysia, but raised in Vancouver, Canada and has spent most of her life in the Pacific Northwest. Ms. Phang has served on several non-profit boards/committees in Seattle including the American Institute of Architects Seattle Chapter’s Open House Committee and the National Association of Asian American Professionals-Seattle Chapter, of which she currently serves as Vice President.


Phillip Sit

King County Department of Assessment

Phillip Sit is the communication coordinator for the King County Department of Assessments. Previously, Phillip worked for the WA State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affair, focusing on improving the well-being of Asian Pacific Americans by ensuring their access to participation in the fields of government, business and education.

While attending college, Phillip served as an intern for the Chinatown International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA), Chinese Information Service Center (CISC), and the Organization of Chinese Americans-Greater Seattle Chapter. He received Bachelor of Art degrees from the University of Washington in Political Science and Law, Society, & Justice and is currently enrolled in the Puget Sound Leadership Tomorrow program.

Phillip Sit is the communication coordinator for the King County Department of Assessments. Previously, Phillip worked for the WA State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affair, focusing on improving the well-being of Asian Pacific Americans by ensuring their access to participation in the fields of government, business and education.

While attending college, Phillip served as an intern for the Chinatown International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA), Chinese Information Service Center (CISC), and the Organization of Chinese Americans-Greater Seattle Chapter. He received Bachelor of Art degrees from the University of Washington in Political Science and Law, Society, & Justice and is currently enrolled in the Puget Sound Leadership Tomorrow program.


Jiawen Shi

SDL

Jiawen Shi is a sales executive with SDL’s Social Intelligence division. Prior to SDL, Jiawen spent eight years in the Finance industry, most recently as a Portfolio Manager for Empirical Wealth Management. She also worked with MyArtMatch.com, a start-up endeavor matching up costumers to relevant art. There, she was the marketing manager working directly with the CEO to develop Go-To-Market initiatives.

Jiawen is very active in the local community. She currently serves on the Seattle Art Museum’s ReGroup Advisory Board and was a member of Board Directors of Seattle Opera Bravo! Club. Jiawen graduated magna cum laude from Linfield College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Computer Science.


Karen Yoshitomi

Japanese American Citizens League

Karen Yoshitomi is the regional director for the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to secure and protect the civil rights of Japanese Americans and all others against discrimination and injustice. The JACL also works to preserve and promote the culture and history of the Japanese American community. Since its inception in 1929, the organization has maintained a presence in the Seattle Chinatown International District. Ms. Yoshitomi has been with the JACL since 1990, and as the key spokesperson for the organization within the Pacific Northwest region, she is responsible for administration and implementation of national programs, assisting the local chapters, and providing outreach and support within the broader community.

Ms. Yoshitomi has also been involved with the development of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington since 2004 and is currently serving as the chair of its Community Advisory Council.


SENIOR MANAGEMENT

Maiko Winkler-Chin

Executive Director maikowc@scidpda.org

Veronica Wood

Deputy Director vernw@scidpda.org

Michael Yee

Director of Community Development myee@scidpda.org

Paul Mar

Director of Real Estate Development paulm@scidpda.org

Joyce Pisnanont

Director of IDEA Space joycep@scidpda.org