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 & former Editor-in-Chief Marcus Harrison Green and Board Vice President Bridgette Hempstead at the Emerald’s 1st Anniversary Party

Our Team

Marcus Harrison Green, Executive Editor

Devin Chicras, President & Director

Devin Chicras is a multidisciplinary brand builder whose day job conveniently lends itself to her favorite hobby of using design and communication as weapons of choice in the fight for a good cause for over a decade. She also serves as VP for the nonprofit West Hill Community Association and lead organizer of events like Skyway Outdoor Cinema, and formerly was founding President of the Seattle Central AIGA.

 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.  

Cynthia Green, Secretary & Director

Cynthia recently joined the board and a bio is on the way!

Nick Patterson, Treasurer & Director

Nick Patterson is a Seattle native who’s spent more than 25 years as a journalist. He is currently employed as a sports reporter and columnist for The Daily Herald in Everett, Washington, where he’s worked since 2003. He’s also worked at newspapers in Ontario, California, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Mount Vernon, Washington, and Seattle. He and his wife Chelsea reside in the Brighton neighborhood.

 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 with Social Justice Fund NW (SJF), Ending the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC), Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR) and other social justice movements in Seattle and the greater NW area.

Ijeoma Oluo, Director

Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based writer and speaker. She is the author of the book So You Want to Talk About Race and has written for publications including The Establishment, The Guardian and The Stranger. She was named one of Seattle’s Most Influential People of 2015 by Seattle Magazine and one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle by Seattle Met in 2018. Her work focuses primarily on issues of race and identity, feminism, social and mental health, social justice, and the arts.

Jovelle Tamayo, Director

Jovelle Tamayo is a visual journalist and teaching artist, born in the Philippines and raised in Central New Jersey. Previously, she was a staff photographer at the Yakima Herald-Republic, and an intern at the Valley News, Aperture Foundation and Magazine, and the Dow Jones News Fund. She is also a co-founder of the Authority Collective and a board member for the Asian American Journalists Association of Seattle. Jovelle hopes to work with her colleagues and communities to challenge the white, cisgender, heteronormative, patriarchal lens that dominates our histories.

Former 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.
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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

Amplifying the Authentic Narratives of South Seattle