Southeast Seattle Education Coalition

Staff & Steering Committee


Erin Okuno, Executive Director, worked, prior to joining SESEC, on developing K-12 and early learning education policy, supporting public libraries and developing education coalitions. Through these experiences, she developed a deep interest in racial equity, which prepared her to lead SESEC and the coalition in its efforts to address poor educational achievements and unequal investments in SE Seattle schools. Erin is a Seattle Public School and Seattle Preschool Program parent. She and her family reside in South Seattle. On the side she enjoys borrowing too many books from the library and fretting over not finishing them on time, checking out South Seattle’s delicious eats, and mastering the art of jam making. Erin graduated from Seattle University with an MPA.  [email protected]

Michael Flor, Associate Director for Grants and Communications, joined SESEC with a wealth of nonprofit experience. His 20 year career includes working as an executive director, grants maker, development director and non-profit management consultant. At SESEC he is responsible for fundraising, building relationships with funders and community groups to bring more support to schools and CBOs, and developing SESEC’s communications plan. Outside of work he can be found running across soccer fields refereeing youth and high school games and cooking delicious meals for family and friends. He is a lifelong Seattle resident being raised in Seattle’s Central Area and Rainier Valley before making his current home in West Seattle. He is graduate of the UW and a proud Husky. [email protected]

Mindy Huang, Rainier Valley Corps Fellow, was born and raised in South Seattle. She returned home after graduating from Colorado College with a BA in Sociology. Throughout her college career she found herself consistently drawn to work in community non-profits. Prior to joining SESEC, her experience was largely focused on community organizing in Seattle politics, public health in Uganda, and conservation in Southeast Asia. Outside of work she can be found crocheting bead bracelets, printmaking, and planning her next big trip. She is excited to be back in South Seattle and working with SESEC to make a difference in her home community. [email protected]

Sandy Gunder, Chairperson, YMCA Powerful Schools
Dr. Donald Felder, Retired Principal
Lexi Keeler, Summer Search
Carmen Loh, Thrive WA
Gar Nishioka, Urban Impact Seattle
Sharonne Navas, Education Equity Coalition
Nimco Bulale, OneAmerica

Steve Bury, Urban Impact Seattle
Vu Le, Rainier Valley Corps
Dave Okimoto
Colleen Oliver
Harla Tumbleson