HIP Board of Directors
Yuri Kim is a Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to this he was the Community Impact Manager of Family Stability for United Way of King County where he managed United Way’s investments in financial impact, childhood hunger, employment, and connections to additional resources. Yuri earned his Master’s in Public Administration at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. When he’s not working, Yuri enjoys taking photos and hanging out with his dog, Hufflepuff.
Anne Vold holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Washington and a Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law. She has practiced employment and tort law at the Seattle City Attorney’s Office for 20 years. Anne is a Pacific NW native and long-time resident of NE Seattle. When not working or volunteering, Anne enjoys practicing yoga, reading, cooking, attending UW sporting events and spending time with her family and their vast tribe of friends, neighbors, classmates and colleagues in NE Seattle.
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.
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.
Ruchi Charekar works as Partner Services Coordinator at Eastside Baby Corner, a non-profit organization on the Eastside of Seattle. Prior to relocating to the United States, she worked on a project for UNICEF and the State Government in India to tackle undernutrition and mortality among children under five. She holds a masters degree in Public Health and has earned postgraduate diploma in Public Health Nutrition. On personal front, Ruchi is a creative person and loves cooking, gardening and taking her dog out on long walks.
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.
John Knight has been active with HIP for over 7 years with a firm belief in HIP’s mission and has been a resident of NE Seattle for over 12 years. Originally from Southern California, he now prefers the PNW weather and views. John works as a Social Solutions Consultant for Lithium Technologies and before that was a long time employee in the telecommunications space. When he’s not working, he is a big fan of LEGO, reading, and rooting for our local sports teams (Go Hawks).
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.
Asasia Pierce is an attorney at Perkins Coie, with a practice specializing in employee benefits and executive compensation. Asasia became interested in issues related to nutrition, social justice, and food justice while in law school. She is struck by the staggering number of Americans, especially children, who face the daily struggle of food insecurity. Asasia is a graduate of Harvard Law School and has a degree in biology from the University of Texas. She is a new mom and enjoys spending her time with her daughter.
Nicki Rosling is the Branch Manager at HomeStreet Bank in Lake City and has 22 years of experience in the banking industry. She enjoys being a manager at a bank which allows her to truly impact customers’ lives as well as retain long-standing relationships. She was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Nicki raised her three children as a single parent since her oldest daughter was just four years old. Volunteering is her true passion. She strongly believes that making a difference in someone’s life in a significant way is truly a blessing to those who serve.