BOD member description: Susan moved to Seattle in 1986 and three years later, she and her family settled in the Rainier Valley. Her original intention was to come to Seattle for a one year study program and return to Washington, DC, but those plans were not realized when she fell in love with the area and her future husband. Susan's professional passion is community organizing and she has worked as an self employed interpreter, teacher, advocate, organization/project director, writer, fundraiser, event planner and all the other tasks required to make positive action successful. Susan has a deep personal interest in how people organize their cultures and what emerges when cultures intersect. She appreciates challenges and learning and is able to visualize the big picture while not being afraid to roll up her sleeves to make things happen. "Working in my own neighborhood has been a great experience. Learning how businesses function and partnering with public and private interests to improve economic development in our area has been a professional joy. Everyday I get to work with interesting and smart people who care about the Rainier Valley. I am very lucky, indeed!"
BOD member description: Darryl is a native of Seattle and grew up in the Mt. Baker community. He attended O’Dea High and completed his undergraduate work in Business Administration at Tennessee State University. Darryl currently lives in the Beacon Hill area. Darryl is currently with Wellspring Family Services as the Senior Director of Community Services. Darryl has over 20 years of experience in public service at the State, Regional and Local level. He is the former Supervisor of Planning, Program Development and Evaluation for the City of Seattle Human Services Department. His career as a public servant spanned two different administrations in the Washington State Governors Office from 1993 -1999. Darryl also served 5 years working for the Metropolitan King County Council, as an Intergovernmental Relations Associate tracking and reviewing state legislation.
BOD member description: Mark Temmel is a Seattle native that has lived in the Rainier Valley since 2005. He currently sits on the Membership Committee of the Chamber and is a board member of the Mount Baker Community Club. Mark is passionate about the value of community and is dedicated to various organizations and activities. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Washington University. Professionally, he is a commercial real estate broker with Temmel Real Estate. In his spare time he loves to cook, watch baseball and travel.
BOD member description: Curtis is the Executive Director of the Southeast Seattle Senior Foundation. He also consults on community economic development issues with an emphasis of increasing economic activity among residents. He also runs an economics blog/website: Out of Oz Economics. He holds an MBA in economic development from Eastern University.
BOD member description: Reed moved to Seattle in February 2016 to work for PepsiCo in Mount Baker. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Reed comes from a hospitality background and graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. While new to Seattle, he is a lifelong volunteer who believes in taking an active role in supporting the communities he lives and works in. Reed is an avid outdoorsmen and lives for winter sports.
BOD member description: Roderick Givens, CIMA® Managing Member and Founder of RainierView Advisors, LLC providing comprehensive financial planning and investment advisory for individuals and businesses. Roderick’s previous experience includes over 18 years investment analytics and wealth management business development for several of the world’s leading financial institutions . Currently member and board trustee for the Rainier Beach Community Club, Rainier Chamber of Commerce, Rainier Valley Community Development Fund, and Finance Committee of Rainier Beach Merchants Association. BA Degree - Eastern Washington University. Certified Investment Management Analyst CIMA ® University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business. RainierView Advisors LLC is a Registered Investment Adviser with the State of Washington.