HIP Board of Directors

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Kristen MacNaughtan


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.

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.

Yvonne Chiau


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!

Marilyn Miquel


For nearly two decades, Marilyn Miquel has served as an officer in the US Air Force Reserve while holding positions at various government agencies. She earned her Bachelors in Nutrition and Foods from Drexel University, where she also completed her supervised practice to become a Registered Dietitian (RD). While still a proud east coaster, Marilyn, along with her cat, now happily call Seattle home since moving here to pursue an Executive MBA at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. Having stepped back from her career as an RD, Marilyn is excited to continue sharing her nutrition knowledge and volunteering in the HIP kitchen. 

Nicole Danson

Nicole Danson is a senior business operations specialist at Boeing. She has also worked in philanthropy serving on the board of the Employees Community Fund of Boeing and as a grant portfolio manager for Boeing. She has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington and MBA from Eastern Washington University. Prior to Boeing, Nicole worked as a social worker in homelessness and housing services in Seattle where she was first introduced to HIP. She is passionate about advancing anti-poverty and anti-hunger work by addressing systemic issues that create and contribute to these problems. Nicole lives in Lynnwood with her husband and daughter. They love indoor rock climbing, games, and cooking together.

Julia Engel

Julia Engel is a Registered Dietitian and works at Sodexo. 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.