Our Staff

Amy Pak

Amy Pak

Executive Director

Amy is a Korean American immigrant, transracial adoptee and a mother of two multiethnic Asian boys, a 2nd grader and a five year old. Ms. Pak has 18 years creating impact in Seattle through community organizing, social work and anti- racist education with families and youth in Seattle. Amy earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington. Her expertise in directing non-profit programs and curriculum development has impacted organizations: Youth Undoing Institutionalized Racism, UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, Asian Counseling & Referral Services, Powerful Voices, The Service Board and Asian Adult Adoptees of WA, serving South Seattle‘s rich immigrant families and communities of color. Amy consults with local preschools, public elementary schools and independent schools on inclusion and anti-bias. She is the founding Executive Director of Families Of Color Seattle, connecting parents to build a loving community of families of color. Pak’s work has been featured in Seattle’s Child, ParentMap, “Someone You Should Know”, Seattle PI, The Stranger, Seattle Times, International Examiner, NW Asian Weekly, South Seattle Emerald, The Seattle Globalist, Arches - The University of Puget Sound and Red Tricycle.

Selena Velasco

Selena Velasco

Director of Programs

Selena Velasco is now FOCS Director of Programs after completing two years as a Rainier Valley Corps Fellow. They identify as a queer, non-binary femme and a Chamoru mother to a beautiful brown child, named Elijah. Selena is a visual artist, poet, organizer and tender loving Virgo that uses art to transform healing and honor ancestry. They are grateful to come to this work as a mother of color, learning and unlearning through a queer intersectional analysis towards the liberation of children and families of color! Selena also loves building with young folx of color as a teaching artist at the The Wing Luke Museum, a Natural Helper with API Chaya and serves as a Steering Community Member of the first ever Pacific Islander Health Board of WA. pronouns: they/she

Denechia Powell

Denechia Powell

Rainier Valley Corps Fellow, Operations Manager

Denechia aligns their life with the Alice Walker quote, "Activism is my rent for living on the planet." For the past seven years, Denechia has migrated throughout the South and the Pacific Northwest, working and volunteering for grassroots social justice movements. Both their career and personal life are informed by the values and teachings of womanism and intersectional feminism. They‘re a sun in Gemini, Leo rising, and Aquarius moon who enjoys writing, dancing, and traveling in their free time. Denechia holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism & mass communication from the University of Georgia. They’re excited to help Families Of Color Seattle grow and thrive as their Operations Manager and to build accountable, transformative relationships with the other Rainier Valley Corps fellows.

Anna Kim Nguyen

Anna Kim Nguyen

MSW Intern

Anna was born and raised in Seattle, WA. She is currently a 2nd year MSW Student at the University of Washington, where she also received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. Anna considers herself to be a social justice advocate for marginalized communities, where her passion lies in community mental health and restorative justice practice for former offenders in the legal system. She strongly believes that social change starts with individual reflection and participating in community dialogue with an open heart and mind. On her spare time Anna enjoys hiking and spending time with family and friends. Anna is excited to join FOCS to continue her personal and professional growth in community organizing, and advocating for social justice for families of color in her beloved city of Seattle.

Our Board of Directors

Gina Munar

Gina Munar

President

Gina was born and raised in the greater Seattle area. She has been immersed in the information technology industry, as a systems analyst, for more than 15 years and is currently on a career sabbatical from Starbucks. She has had the opportunity to work for several Seattle based companies such Nordstrom, AT&T Wireless as well as the University of Washington. Her extensive experience includes business process, data analysis, providing system solutions to support business needs, and collaborating effectively across various IT and business teams. In her leisure time, she likes to take cooking classes, travel as much as possible and spend time with her partner and their rescue mixed terrier dog.

As a Filipina and Native American from a large multi-racial family she believes in the dedication of FOCS to build a global community supporting families of color and engaging in anti-racist work by providing a safe place to talk about real social topics.

Dorothy Lee Leggett, Esq.

Dorothy Lee Leggett, Esq.

Vice President

Dorothy is a licensed attorney in the state of Washington. She has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary and a law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. She has spent much of her career working for government institutions at the state and federal level. She is a first time older mom and loves the supportive community of FOCS. She lives with her husband and son in Northeast Seattle and loves gardening and watching movies.

Paige Speir

Paige Speir

Treasurer

Paige is a certified public accountant and works for Peterson Sullivan, an independent public accounting firm that specializes in many industries, including not-for-profit organizations. She received her Masters in Professional Accounting and Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Accounting and Finance from the University of Washington. Paige has participated in community programs such as the Greater Seattle Japanese Community Queen Scholarship Pageant, which allowed her to represent her community and learn more about her heritage. FOCS has provided her an opportunity to further contribute to the local community and advocate for women and families of color. Paige comes from a large Japanese-American family, where great food and laughter are always abundant. She enjoys backpacking with her husband, traveling to new countries, and supporting the UW Huskies during football and basketball games.

Paula Steinke

Paula Steinke

Secretary

Paula is Executive Director of SOAR, a community organization that convenes coalitions, and raises authentic community voice to influence policies, programs and practices on behalf of children, youth and families. Prior to leading SOAR, she worked for 15 years within Washington State’s early learning system, building the field of Family, Friend and Neighbor practice through listening to families, creating programs, writing curriculum, and developing partnerships. She is an ongoing member of the parent-led Community Café Collaborative, where she has been privileged to witness the powerful change that occurs when a parent or caregiver begins to believe in their own ability to guide and advocate for their child. Paula’s approach toward supporting families is holistic, engaging all of a child’s caregivers and the community in which the family lives, and including family voice in program and resource design. Paula believes in honoring and building upon individual, family and community strengths. She is committed to undoing structural racism and working for social justice.

Christine Tang

Christine Tang

Director

Christine has two spirited, multiracial boys and found in FOCS the support and understanding she needed as a new mother. She is a mixed-race Nigerian Romanian immigrant and was born and raised in Romania. She joined the FOCS board August 2015 and has been a Parent Educator for our parent support groups for over a year. In that capacity, she has recruited members into the program, helped develop curricula and facilitated discussion groups serving immigrant parents and parent of color on topics such as anti-bias, anti-racism, Black, and mixed-race families. Christine has over 12 years of experience in corporate responsibility, sustainability, and environmental policy in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Erin Ferrell

Erin Ferrell

Director

Erin is a multiracial mother of one and an analyst currently working in the Office of Risk Management, where she advises County clients on risk considerations in the contracting process. Previously, Erin worked as an attorney in New York City in the areas of corporate, nonprofit, and government practice. Erin joined FOCS with a particular interest in building community through celebrating the arts and supporting small, minority-owned businesses.

Joann Lee Kim

Joann Lee Kim

Director

Joann works at the intersection of art, justice, and faith, creating photorealistic works that challenge societal constructs and humanize the dehumanized. Joann sees painting and drawing the human figure as a privilege to pause and see the beauty of people and their stories. Her identity and her training in public art making and in the field of conflict analysis and resolution have given her a lens through which to create works and organize collaborative art making projects. Joann studied Art Studio at Vanderbilt University and Mural Making with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. She currently lives and works in Bothell, WA with her toddler, her pastor-spouse, and her dog. She is a proud FOCS mom.