HIP Board of Directors

Phoenica Zhang

President

As one of our previous AmeriCorps members, Phoenica Zhang is not new to HIP! Phoenica is the Corporate Engagement Officer at Solid Ground, where she works to connect businesses and people to anti-poverty work. When she’s not working, she’s pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration at the Evans School of UW, performing with her band around town, and cooking up a storm. Phoenica is an advocate for approaching nutrition education and anti-hunger work with understandings of racial and social oppressions, and is a firm believer in food as a tool to uplift and unite communities. 

Kristen MacNaughtan

Vice President

Kristen MacNaughtan is a Program Officer and the Nutritious Food Systems strategic lead on the Agricultural Development team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to joining BMGF, Kristen worked in both the private and non-profit sectors. She holds a Masters of Science in International Development with a focus on Public Health and Nutrition from Tulane University. Kristen and her partner have called Seattle home for 11 years and have two young kids who are Seattle natives. They love exploring the great outdoors and doing creative projects in the cozy indoors.

Yvonne Chiau

Treasurer

Yvonne Chiau is a Risk & Regulatory Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, focusing on building compliance programs and monitoring risks and controls in organizations. She has been a CPA for 10 years and has a Master of Accounting degree from The Ohio State University. Yvonne enjoys exploring her neighborhood and loves discovering new and exciting things to do in the Pacific Northwest. She has lived in North King County for over 7 years with her partner and two cats. She hopes to contribute to increasing access to nutritious food and helping make a positive impact in her community!

Molly Soudant

Secretary

Molly Soudant is a Senior Program Assistant with the Gender Equality Division at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she has worked for almost a decade. She is passionate about addressing hunger and food insecurity and believes that everyone should have access to fresh, healthy, delicious food. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and feeding people and developing recipes for her site A Table, A Chair. She is a contributor to Primer Stories and was featured in chapter 5 of Twain’s Feast, an Audible original narrated by Nick Offerman. She lives in Seattle with her husband, two young sons, and two cats.

Ann Bing

Ann Bing is a senior consultant at Deloitte, a global professional services company, where she has worked since 2019 and has led project teams across the firm serving nonprofit clients and pro bono engagements. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University and during her time there, created mentorship programming for underrepresented first-gen students. Ann is passionate about driving diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and looks forward to making a positive impact in her community by increasing food security for underserved populations. She has also lived abroad and has a love for traveling and learning about different cultures!

Jennifer Cole Wilson

Jennifer Cole Wilson has a background in nonprofit management and fundraising with a specialty in grant writing. With a foundational belief that nutritious food should be accessible to all, Jennifer has spent most of her career working with food access organizations in both management and fundraising capacities. When she’s not working, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, hiking in the woods with her dogs, and trying new gluten free recipes.

Julia Engel

Julia Engel is a Registered Dietitian and works part time in Long-term care facilities. She is a Seattle native and lives in NE Seattle with her husband, two kids and a cat! An active John Rogers Elementary PTA member, Julia enjoys volunteering wherever help is needed. An avid home cook, she loves any of the HIP activities which involve preparing food! Being an active part of community in her neighborhood, school, church and other parts of her life are some of the most important things to her. She believes nourishing food to be a fundamental human right and the foundation of a strong community.

Stephanie Furtado

Stephanie Furtado, MPH is the Director of Clinical Operations at Neighborcare Health, and has 9+ years of leadership experience in community health centers and non-profit organizations. She is a graduate of the University of California Santa Cruz and received her MPH in Maternal & Child Health from The George Washington University. She was raised in a bi-racial, bi-cultural home where cooking meals and sharing food was a source of community and connection. While she admits to being a novice cook, she firmly believes that all individuals should have the access to affordable, nutritious food and meals. She is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and happily relocated to north Seattle in 2021. 

Emily Johnson

Emily Johnson (she/her) is a strategic project manager for the King County government where she works to ensure all young people in King County have what they need to be healthy, happy, safe, and connected to community. She has nearly a decade of experience working on food policy issues at the local, federal, and international levels. Emily is excited to leverage her strategic planning and food systems expertise to support HIP’s mission of increasing food security in North Seattle. She is passionate about advancing food justice efforts rooted in racial equity to improve community health, create economic mobility, and build power.

Michelle Taylor

Michelle Taylor is a Rehabilitation Counselor for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), a branch of the Washington state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) that serves people with disabilities. Michelle has worked within the field of disability services for the past eight years, preparing individuals for competitive employment and providing accommodations to students in the community college sector. She holds a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with a focus on medical aspects of disability from Western Washington University.