Southeast Seattle Education Coalition

Staff & Board


Erin Okuno, Executive Director, has experience with K-12 and early learning education policy, supporting public libraries and developing coalitions. Through these experiences, she developed a deep interest in racial equity, which prepared her to lead SESEC. Erin is a Seattle Public School and previously a 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 and checking out South Seattle’s delicious eats. Erin graduated from Seattle University with an MPA.  [email protected]

Michael Flor, Associate Director for Development and Operations, joined SESEC with a wealth of nonprofit experience. His extensive career includes working as an executive director, corporate grants maker, development director and non-profit management consultant. At SESEC he is responsible for fundraising, building relationships with funders, strategic planning and managing SESEC’s operations. 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 H., Coalition Relations and SEED Director, was born and raised in South Seattle. She left the state for college but returned home after. Throughout her college career she found herself constantly 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 Indonesia. Outside of work she can be found hiking, puzzling, playing board games, and planning her next international trip. [email protected]

Vivian van Gelder, Advocacy and Policy Director, has worked in schools and in the legal field. She also served as PTA president. Originally from Australia, Vivian came to Seattle via the East Coast. When not working or thinking about school funding Vivian can be found taking black and white photographs, cooking, and cycling. [email protected]

Carmen Loh, Chairperson, Group Health Foundation
Devin Bruckner, Consultant
Nimco Bulale, Western Washington University
Ariel Davis, Seattle Housing Authority
Heather Otieno, Rainier Avenue Church
Ryan Quigtar, Renton Innovation Zone Partnership
Emily Tomita, Neighborhood House
Sofia Voz

Steve Bury, Urban Impact Seattle
Vu Le
Dave Okimoto
Colleen Oliver
Ron Sims