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.”
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.
Dustin Washington, Director
Dustin Washington is the Director of the Community Justice Program with the American Friends Service Committee, Core Trainer with the People’s institute for Survival and Beyond and Clinical Faculty at the School of Public Health at the University of Washington. Dustin’s work centers around developing humanistic, anti-racist leadership across the nation and beyond via the Freedom School and YUIR projects. He is the winner of numerous awards: Faith Action Network Social Justice Award, Fellowships of Reconciliation Martin Luther King Jr. Award and Seattle Human Services Coalition’s Ron Chisolm Anti-racist Leader Award.
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.
Marilee Jolin, Executive Director
Marilee Jolin first joined the Emerald as a columnist in 2015 and her passion and commitment to the Emerald’s mission has grown stronger each day since then! She was voted in as ED in 2016 and is energized by the opportunity to create a reader-supported funding model for the Emerald’s long-term sustainability. Marilee is an active member of the Hillman City Collaboratory, European Dissent and is the proud parent to two Seattle Public Schools elementary students (Beacon Hill International School).
Executive Director Marcus Harrison Green and Board President Devin Chicras discuss the Emerald’s mission with Mike McCormick of KEXP.
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