The South Seattle Emerald’s mission is to amplify the authentic narratives of South Seattle

We do this work because…
  • The South Seattle community has been neglected and underserved by media
  • Our vibrant community deserves more accurate representations
  • Responsible media must consistently employ a racial justice lens
  • We believe accountable, relationship-based media is better media
  • What happens in South Seattle matters
  • Every community should have a conduit to speak truth to power
  • It’s essential to provide an accessible platform for local voices
  • Equitable access to relevant information is vital to an engaged democracy

In a community long silenced by mainstream media, The Emerald acts as a powerful megaphone: amplifying the voice and experience of South Seattle.

Founded as a platform that authentically depicts the dynamic voices, culture, arts, ideas, and businesses that fall within South Seattle’s borders, the Emerald is news as it was originally intended to be: not as business, nor as a forum for propaganda, but as a service to the community it chronicles.

In the words of Board Vice President, Bridgette Hempstead: “For the community, by the community, to the community.”

South Seattle Emerald Board Secretary Sera Day, Founder & Editor-in-Chief Marcus Harrison Green and Board Vice President Bridgette Hempstead at the Emerald’s 1st Anniversary Party

Our Board of Directors

Devin Chicras, President & Director

Devin Chicras is a multidisciplinary brand builder whose day job as Seattle’s Friendliest Damn Web Designer™ conveniently lends itself to her favorite hobby of using design and communication as weapons of choice in the fight for a good cause. She also serves as Treasurer for the nonprofit West Hill Community Association (2014 – current), lead organizer of Skyway Outdoor Cinema (2013 – current) and formerly, President of the Seattle Central Creative Academy AIGA (2008 – 2009).

 Bridgette Hempstead, Vice President & Director

Bridgette Hempstead is the founder and CEO of Cierra Sisters, Inc., an innovative organization focused on support, education and advocacy about women’s breast and health issues, in addition to being an accomplished songwriter and singer.  

Sera Day, Secretary & Director

Sera Day works as a Legislative Assistant at the Seattle City Council, and has experience in campaign management, political strategy, and community organizing, particularly in communities of color and with young people in Central and South Seattle. She also serves on the board of Powerful Voices and as the President of the Washington Bus Board of Directors.  

Dominic Smargiassi, Treasurer & Director

Dominic Smargiassi is a Business and Financial Analyst working in the Greater Seattle area specializing in Information Technology (IT). He is a proponent of hyperlocal news especially in communities that are traditionally under served. Dominic and his wife are honored to call the community of Rainier Beach home.

 Andrew (AJ) Johnston, Director

Andrew (AJ) Johnston is an Architect working in Seattle specializing in residential and commercial projects. He is an outspoken supporter of community­ centered media as a way to speak truth to power and inspire positive change within communities in need. He is also a passionate volunteer and organizer for Seattle Young People’s Project (SYPP), Ending the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC), Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR) and other social justice movements in Seattle and the greater NW area.


Our Staff

Marcus Harrison Green, Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Marcus Harrison Green, is the co-founder of the South Seattle Emerald, a former Reporting Fellow with YES! Magazine, a board member of the Western Washington Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and a recipient of Crosscut’s Courage Award for Culture.  Growing up in South Seattle, he experienced first-hand the neglect of news coverage in the area by local media, which taught him the value of narratives.  After an unfulfilling stint working for a Los Angeles based hedge-fund in his twenties, Marcus returned to his community determined to tell its true story, which led him to start the South Seattle Emerald.

Regent Brown, Organizational Development Manager

Regent seeks to be a partner in the personal transformation needed for culture change; a partner on the journey toward equitable thriving communities. Each of us have a choice in what role we will play in the culture change needed to undo systems of oppression that impact us all. Regent works with those who wish to impact change by looking internally, acknowledging our role in change and restoring balance in our lives and communities. 

Editor-in-Chief Marcus Harrison Green and Board President Devin Chicras discuss the Emerald’s mission with Mike McCormick of KEXP.

Our Comment Policy

We welcome your comments on our articles, as long as they are respectful, relevant and civil in tone. However, in order to maintain this site as a trusted and useful resource, we reserve the right to remove any post that does not comply with our Comment Policy, or simply is not in keeping with our editorial standards for civility. Any commenter who ignores our policies may be banned permanently and without notice.

  1. Be respectful and civil to others.
  2. Comments containing profanity, name-calling, or racist epithets (or user names) will be deleted.
  3. Comments should respond to the topic of the original post. Attempts to derail or dominate a comments thread will get your post deleted.
  4. Comments may agree or disagree with the content of a post.
  5. Comments by people deemed to be trolls, sock puppets, or flame warriors by the blog administrators will be deleted.
  6. Comments that appear on the blog do not necessarily reflect the views of the blog administrators.
  7. Comments are approved at the discretion of blog administrators (We do our best to approve comments as quickly as possible and thank you for your patience).

Our comment section is provided for readers’ opinions. South Seattle Emerald staff and board do not fact-check the statements posted here, and do not necessarily agree with the opinions. Disclaimer: South Seattle Emerald is not responsible for injury or liability to any reader or commenter resulting from the content posted on the site, or from comments posted by readers, that may be viewed as offensive, misleading, inaccurate, illegal, or otherwise unsuitable.

Mailing Address

South Seattle Emerald
PO Box 28505

Seattle, WA 98118


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