Equitable Growth Dialogues


Please join Great City and a roster of fantastic organizations on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2 for the Equitable Growth Dialogues, a series of probing community conversations concerning regional growth, urban development and entrenched inequalities in Southeast Seattle. Through a series of focused, frank exchanges, the Equitable Growth Dialogues are intended to help build bridges between environmentalists, urbanists and social justice advocates. We believe that now more than ever these sometimes disparate constituencies need to find a shared agenda built on common interests and values. We invite you to participate as your schedule allows.  Daycare, translation and lunch will be provided on April 2.

Download our brochure Equitable Growth._Brochure.

This work is generously supported by the Bullitt Foundation.


WHERE: Bertha Knight Landes Room, City Hall
WHEN: April 1, 11:30 – 1pm

For several months, urban design students from around the country have been studying ways to transform the Mount Baker Station Area through the ULI/Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition. Join us for this presentation of their exciting proposals. A panel of respondents will be on hand to ask the students about the experience and what insights they had about development and growth in Southeast Seattle.


WHERE: Franklin High School, 3013 South Mount Baker Boulevard
WHEN: April 2, Noon – 5pm



Jeff Pace from the Unity Council in Oakland, California will share some of the successes and lessons learned with the  development of the Fruitvale Village, a mixed use, mixed-income, transit oriented development.

BREAKOUT SESSION 1  | 1:10 – 2:20 pm

Green Jobs and Economic Development in Southeast: Opportunity without Opportunism

  • Joshua Curtis, Office of Sustainability and Environment
  • Stacia Jenkins, Emerald Cities Collaborative
  • Roger Valdez
  • Charlie Cunniff, Office of Economic Development


Creative Inspiration: Reflections the ULI/Hines Competition and Implications for Mount Baker

  • Councilmember Sally Clark
  • Cathryn Vandenbrink, Artspace
  • Ryan Curren, Office of Housing
  • Pearl Leung, moderator

BREAKOUT SESSION 2  | 2:30 – 3:40 pm

Parks, Libraries, Community Centers, and Culture: Who Pays for the Necessities and How?

  • Christopher Williams, Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Wyking Garrett, UmojaFest
  • Michael Siewerath, Capitol Hill Housing
  • Nancy Rawles, SPLAB
  • Catherine Stanford, moderator

Raising all the Boats: Infill Development, Gentrification and Quality of Life

  • Councilmember Mike O’Brien, Chair Seattle Public Utilities and Neighborhoods
  • Tom Tierney, Seattle Housing Authority
  • Tony To, HomeSight

BREAKOUT SESSION 3  | 3:50 – 5:00 pm

Transportation Investments: Who Wins, Who Loses?

  • Mayor Mike McGinn
  • Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, Transportation Committee Chair
  • Paulo Nunes-Ueno, Children’s Hospital
  • Andrew Austin, Transportation Choices Coalition
  • Lynn Domingo, LELO
  • Craig Benjamin, Streets for All Seattle, moderator

Health, Crime and Growth: Inequities  in Southeast Seattle

  • Councilmember Tim Burgess, Chair Public Safety and Education Committee
  • Lisa Quinn, Feet First
  • Mariana Quarnstrom, Southeast Crime Prevention Council
  • Gregory Davis, Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition
  • Bridgette Maryman, moderator


Cascade Land Conservancy, Southeast Effective Development (SEED), El Centro de la Raza, Asian Counselling and Referral Service, Feet First, Mount Baker Community Club, Transportation Choices Coalition, Homesight, Capitol Hill Housing


Jeff Pace

Jeff Pace is Chief Operating Officer of the Unity Council, in the Fruitvale District of Oakland, California, with oversight of real estate development and management, including seven buildings, 235 units of housing, 200,000 square feet of retail, commercial and community service space, and 875 parking stalls. He joined the Unity Council in 2004, was responsible for finalizing construction of the Fruitvale Transit Village project, and manages its operations. He has also been responsible for the development and planning for Fruitvale Transit Village Phase II, a dense, 275-unit, multi-family project being planned for development adjacent to the Fruitvale Village, as well as various improvement projects to Unity Council buildings. He manages the finances and administration of the Unity Council and its affiliates, a consolidated annual operating budget in excess of $20 million. Prior to joining the Unity Council, Mr. Pace was Chief Financial and Strategy Officer for Juma Ventures, a social enterprise nonprofit corporation in San Francisco. Before moving to the Bay Area in 2000, Mr. Pace’s 24-year career was highlighted with positions in Southern California as CFO of Solus Micro Technologies, a private fiber optics company, and Controller for PWS Investments, a large, private developer and operator of coin-operated laundries. Mr. Pace holds a bachelor of science in business administration degree from the University of Phoenix and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School.

Andrew Austin

Andrew has been on staff with Transportation Choices Coalitoin since 2009.  A Washington native and Pacific Lutheran University alum, Andrew is a political junkie turned transit nerd.  Andrew manages TCC communications, is the staff lead for transit ballot measure campaigns, heads up our grassroots coalition building efforts, and does assists with policy work.

Joshua Curtis

Joshua Curtis works for the City of Seattle, where he manages Community Power Works, a $20 million energy efficiency federal grant program. Prior to this, he served as the Executive Director of Great City.

Lisa Quinn

For the last three years Lisa has been the Executive Director of Feet First.

Prior to Lisa’s work at Feet First, she was the Rideshare Program Manager for San Luis Obispo Council of Governments. Lisa worked in Vancouver, Canada as the Program Manager for Better Environmentally Sound Transportation. She worked at the University of Washington for four years, creating award winning bike and walking campaigns, Ride in the Rain and Walk In, respectively.

Lisa has served as a board member for Washington State Ridesharing Organization and Bike Works in Columbia City and now sits on the Alliance for Biking and Walking, a nationally recognized board. Lisa attended San Jose State University and holds a BS in Advertising with concentration in Sociology and Environmental Studies.

K. Wyking Garrett

An entrepreneur and educator, K. Wyking Garrett is the director of The UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center, a community based, multi-faceted youth-centric cultural facility in the heart of Seattle’s historic Central District focused on replacing negative culture with positive culture.  The facility includes the audio recording and video production studios, library & reading room, fitness studio and Organic P.E.A.C.E. Garden.  He is also founder and principal of Remix Marketing & Communications, LLC, a communications firm specializing in the areas of youth and cultural program development, urban marketing and event planning.

A strong advocate of community involvement and civic service, Wyking has run for state legislature at the young age of twenty-one and mayor of Seattle in 2009, in addition to volunteering for a number of organizations. In 2008 Wyking was awarded the Martin Luther King County Executive Pioneer Award for Excellence in Hip-Hop for outstanding service to the community. He is a founding director of the African American Heritage Museum & Cultural Center in Seattle, and currently serves as an inaugural member of the Seattle Music Commission.

Stacia Jenkins

Stacia is the Program Coordinator for Emerald Cities Seattle, a collaborative of business, labor, community, and civic organizations and the City of Seattle, working together to promote energy efficiency retrofits on existing buildings while ensuring high-quality and equitably accessible jobs are created in this new industry. Stacia has extensive experience with the Building Trades apprenticeships and community-based construction training programs in the Seattle area, as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Cement Masons and Plasterers, and for the past several years has helped to develop and instruct courses in Sustainability in the Building and Construction Trades to prepare tradespeople for green and energy efficient building. She is a LEED Accredited Professional, and holds a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy from the University of Washington.

Nancy Rawles

Nancy is an award winning playwright, novelist, teacher and community organizer. Her third novel, My Jim,  was the 2009 selection for the Seattle Public Library’s popular program Seattle Reads, in which readers all over the city are encouraged to read and participate in discussions about one book. My Jim tells the story of the wife and children of Mark Twain’s famous slave character from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. It is the winner of an American Library Association’s Alex Award and the Legacy Award in Fiction from the Hurston/Wright Foundation.

Nancy has recently joined the board of SPLAB, the Spoken Word Lab founded by poet Paul Nelson in 1997. In March, SPLAB hosted nationally-reknowned poet Nate Mackey for a Seattle visit that included a reading at the Northwest African American Museum and a masters writing workshop in Columbia City. This spring, SPLAB is launching a community arts project called “Represent! 98118!” which will engage neighborhood writers, photographers, artists, and filmmakers in the documentation of life in this remarkably diverse zip code. The project consists of three components: an on-line exhibit of photographs and poems; A DAY IN THE LIFE, in which artist of every kind document 24 hours in the 98118; and a festival next spring, including art exhibits, dramatic readings, films, music, dance, and of course, the food of the 98118. As part of A DAY IN THE LIFE, to be held Wednesday, October 5th, young journalists will interview passersby regarding equitable growth issues in southeast Seattle.

Michael Siewerath

Michael is the Founding Executive Director of the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation, a new non-profit supporting the affordable housing and community development work of Capitol Hill Housing. Overseeing the fundraising and communications work for Capitol Hill Housing, he has been involved with issues of preserving and expanding affordable arts space in Seattle.  Capitol Hill Housing is a nationally award-winning affordable housing organization providing secure homes for families and individuals throughout Seattle.  Leading community development efforts on Capitol Hill, CHH works for diverse, walkable neighborhoods that benefit all residents.

Michael chairs the Seattle Arts Commission Facilities and Economic Development Committee and serves on the Cal Anderson Park Alliance Advisory Board.

Catherine Stanford

Catherine, Great City Chair, is currently a Principal at CA Stanford Consulting Group in Seattle where she specializes in real estate and assists clients in government and public affairs; strategic planning; property  development; and historic preservation. Her clients include municipalities; developers; non-profit community groups and industry associations. Catherine teaches classes in Strategic Facilities Planning and Project Management. Her career spans 30 years in commercial real estate and includes work in both the public and the private sector. She has skills and experience in asset management;property development, rehabilitation, and acquisition; corporate real
estate; business development; public and government affairs; urban and community-based land use planning.

Catherine was previously the Director of Real Estate for the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA). She was responsible for the development of the LaSalle Senior Housing Project and the pre-development assessment of the PC-1 site.

Catherine’s volunteer time has been spent providing leadership in Downtown Seattle and King County. She served on the Executive Committee of the Building Owners and Managers (BOMA) for Seattle-King County. She is an active participant in the Urban Land Institute Workforce Housing Committee and serves on the EDD Board of PSRC. Catherine chaired the comprehensive planning process for the five neighborhoods that make up the Seattle Downtown Urban Center and was instrumental in passage of the zoning changes for Downtown Seattle. She serves as chair of the Downtown District Council and is a member of the Neighborhood Planning Advisory Committee.

Christopher Williams

Christopher is the Acting Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation, overseeing the day to day operations of 26 community centers, 416 Parks, 3 environmental learning centers, 10 swimming pools and more than 1,000 employees.

Christopher is passionate about parks and recreation because he believes the work of the organization makes a difference in the lives of people in the community.  He is known for the saying that “Parks and Recreation captures young people while they are in the “hope-stages” of their development and reaches into every neighborhood and every culture in the City.” Christopher grew up in Seattle and admits to being a product of the Parks’ system he is now privileged to serve. He is a graduate of Columbia University (NY, NY), spent eight years as a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps, and holds a Master of Business Administration from Seattle University.

Roger Valdez

Roger is a local researcher and writer with a background in public health, energy efficiency financing, politics, local, and state government. He was most recently with Sightline Institute and is currently writing a blog about reading and revising Seattle’s land use code.

Tim Burgess

Tim Burgess was elected to the Seattle City Council on November 6, 2007 and took office on January 1, 2008. His current term expires December 31, 2011.

He was a Seattle police officer and detective from 1971 to 1978, a period of reform and innovation after decades of public corruption in city government. He served from 1989 to 2001 on the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission, including five years a chair of this quasi-judicial body responsible for protecting the integrity and transparency of city government. Tim founded and co-owned for 22 years a marketing firm that served nonprofit organizations, chaired the Queen Anne Community Council, and was a founding member of Queen Anne Neighbors for Responsible Growth.

Tim is Chair of the Council’s Public Safety & Education Committee and vice-chair of the Committee on the Built Environment. He also serves as co-chair of the city’s Domestic Violence Prevention Council and the Family and Education Levy Oversight Committee.

Gregory Davis

Davis is a self-proclaimed community development practitioner and has been working in this capacity for over 27 years.

Mr. Davis currently serves as president (2006 to present) of the Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition (RBCEC) in a volunteer capacity. RBCEC (www.rbcoalition.org) is a neighborhood based alliance of residents (including elders and youth), organizations, institutions and businesses committed to enhancing the quality of life in Rainier Beach. RBCEC has focused on strategic and comprehensive approaches to opportunities in the neighborhood since 2003. Using “action areas” that include Education, Public Safety, Transportation, Economic Development, Family Life and the Environment, RBCEC brings people together for the benefit of the Rainier Beach neighborhood specifically.

A recipient of 2009 and 2010 Best of Southeast Seattle in the Community Organizer Category, Davis is the recipient of the Community Service Award presented by the Rainier Beach PTSA/Alumni Association and is a 2010 Seattle Neighborhood Group Community Builder awardee. He is a member of the Rainier Beach Neighborhood Advisory Committee, a group that is stewarding the development of an update to its neighborhood plan. Davis is a Leadership Council member at his home church of Emerald City Bible Fellowship and the father of two children, Kaila, 24 (Seattle University ‘’08) who is currently teaching English in Japan and Jerrell 18 a freshman at Seattle Pacific University. He has been married to his wife Shawn (Seattle University ’79) for 26 years. Raised in Compton California, he is a graduate of Seattle University (’82) w/ a BA in Social Sciences.

Mariana Quarnstrom


Mariana Quamstorm is a Seward Park resident who has been active in Souteast Seattle for over a decade.

She has given thousands of volunteer hours to youth groups, juvenile offenders, local schools, the Southeast Seattle Senior Center, the Police Department and the South Precinct, Kubota Gardens, The Rainier Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Rainier Beach Merchants’ Association. Until recently, she was the long-time chair of the Southeast Seattle Crime Prevention Council—a group that brings neighbors and police staff together to address public safety issues.

Quamstorm has brought groups together that had never partnered with one another before: the community, local businesses, and the police department with the schools and vice versa. Mariana is a strong supporter of young people through outreach and empowerment.

She is the winner of the 2003 Thomas C Wales Award for Passionate Citizenship and the winner of the 2009 Washington State Jefferson Award.

Green Jobs and Economic Development in Southeast: Opportunity without Opportunism

  • Joshua Curtis, Office of Sustainability and Environment
  • Stacia Jenkins, Emerald Cities Collaborative
  • Roger Valdez
  • Charlie Cunniff, Office of Economic Development

Creative Inspiration: Reflections the ULI/Hines Competition and Implications for Mount Baker

  • Councilmember Sally Clark
  • Cathryn Vandenbrink, Artspace
  • Ryan Curren, Office of Housing
  • Pearl Leung, moderator