Marcus Harrison Green
Founder and Publisher
Marcus Harrison Green is the publisher of the South Seattle Emerald. Growing up in South Seattle, he experienced first-hand the impact of one-dimensional stories on marginalized communities, which taught him the value of authentic narratives. After an unfulfilling stint in the investment world during his twenties, Marcus returned to his community with a newfound purpose of telling stories with nuance, complexity, and multidimensionality with the hope of advancing social change. This led him to become a writer and found the South Seattle Emerald. He was named one of Seattle’s most influential people by Seattle Magazine in 2016 and was awarded 2020 Individual Human Rights Leader by the Seattle Human Rights Commission.
Sharon Ho Chang 張曉倫
Sharon Ho Chang 張曉倫 is an award-winning Taiwanese American author, photographer, and activist. She has published two books, Raising Mixed Race and Hapa Tales and Other Lies. Sharon was named 2015 Social Justice Commentator of the Year by The Seattle Globalist and 2016 Favorite Local API Author / Writer by International Examiner readers. She won the inaugural Northwest Journalists of Color Visual Storytelling Grant in 2019 and was awarded a 2020 Facebook COVID-19 Journalism Project Grant to cover COVID impacts on Communities of Color. Sharon is currently working on a family memoir about Taiwan’s transition to democracy after the second longest martial law period in world history.
Sharon Maeda came out of retirement to support the Emerald as Interim Managing Editor and now Planning Director. As a public school teacher, she found media as a way to empower her students and ended up with a long media career. She managed the Pacifica Radio network (Los Angeles) as well as Seattle community radio stations KRAB-FM and KVRU-FM. Sharon served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at HUD (Washington, DC), Deputy General Secretary of the global mission board of the United Methodist Church (NYC), and owned Spectra Communications, a consulting firm that worked in Communities of Color and agency partners. She also worked at Washington’s largest private sector union and founded the Youth Media Institute and 21 Progress.
Deputy Managing Editor
Marti McKenna is a writer and editor who spent over 30 years writing, editing, and wrangling writers and editors in the video game industry. She co-founded and co-edited the critically acclaimed electronic magazine Aeon Speculative Fiction (2004–2008) with Bridget McKenna. When she’s not moving words and letters and images around her computer screen for the Emerald, she edits novels for independent authors. She lives in Leschi, but her heart belongs to Beacon Hill.
Phil Manzano is a South Seattle writer and editor with more than 30 years’ experience in daily journalism. He’s been an award-winning reporter, editor, and suburban bureau team leader for The Oregonian in Portland. He moved to Seattle in 2013 and worked for nonprofits directing content strategy and development. He is director of Southend Connect, a platform created during the pandemic to support small business and build community in South Seattle. His journalism roots can be traced to the ground-breaking efforts of Robert Maynard and Nancy Hicks Maynard, founders of The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and whose work opened American newsrooms to BIPOC journalists and continues today, training the next generation of storytellers and media leaders. Phil has a Certificate in Community Storytelling from The Hearth in Ashland, Ore. and is passionate about the power of story to heal and build community.
Jessie McKenna is a writer and marketing/communications and project manager with a focus on South End nonprofits, small business, and community projects. She joined the Emerald in 2017 as a volunteer, later becoming the content manager, and now heads up operations. She aims to ensure that every part of the Emerald inside and out receives the care and attention it deserves, so our authors, photographers, artists, editors, production crew, and the community we serve may shine as brightly on the screen as they do IRL (in real life). Jessie lives in Beacon Hill on unceded ancestral lands of the Duwamish people. If you do too, you can pay them rent at RealRentDuwamish.org.
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Megan Christy is a proofreader, copy editor, and web content manager who has worked with a range of storytelling formats from romance role-playing games to nonprofit grant proposals. She started volunteering with the South Seattle Emerald in the summer of 2020 and joined the Emerald team officially the following year. As a granddaughter of an incarcerated Japanese American during WWII, Megan is passionate about helping those whose voices have been forgotten, overlooked, or silenced by society.
Ardo Hersi is focused on covering South King County, immigrant/refugee, and Muslim communities. Hersi attended Seattle Central College and works with youth in education. Her passion is storytelling and writing poetry. She’s worked with KUOW since 2014 as an advanced producer and helps facilitate workshops and co-hosts the new “Snapshots” series for RadioActive. She recently started an online Somali-centric clothing and jewelry business. She is a community organizer for Black social justice and Muslim immigration rights and has conducted anti-racist trainings for all ages. She’s the daughter of refugees who fled Somalia via Kenya, has seven siblings, and is fluent in Somali.
The Emerald Impact Reporter position is funded by a Neighbor to Neighbor grant from the Seattle Foundation.
Agueda Pacheco Flores
Agueda Pacheco Flores is a journalist in Seattle with a focus on Latinx culture and Mexican American identity. She was previously an arts and culture writer at Crosscut where she enjoyed writing about Chicano galleries and Cumbia in the Pacific Northwest as well as shining a light on emerging Latinx artists. Originally from Queretaro, Mexico, Pacheco Flores is inspired by her own bicultural upbringing as an undocumented immigrant and proud Washingtonian.
Ben Adlin is a reporter and editor who grew up in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives on Capitol Hill. He’s covered politics and legal affairs from Seattle and Los Angeles for the past decade and has been an Emerald contributor since May 2020, writing about community and municipal news. Find him on Twitter at @badlin.
Arts, Culture, & Community Reporter
Kathya Alexander is a writer, actor, storyteller, and teaching artist. Her writing has appeared in ColorsNW Magazine, Arkana Magazine, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workplace, and the Pitkin Review. She has won the Jack Straw Artist Support Program Award; 4Culture’s Artists Projects Award; and the WRAP Award, Youth Arts Award, and the CityArtist Award from Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture. Her play, HomeGoing, was chosen for residency at Hedgebrook Women’s Writer’s Retreat and her play, Black To My Roots: African American Tales from the Head and the Heart, won the Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award in Edinburgh, Scotland, for Outstanding New Production and Innovation in Theater. Her collection of short stories, Angel In The Outhouse, is available on Amazon.
Arts, Culture, & Community Reporter
Patheresa Wells is a poet, writer, and storyteller who lives in SeaTac, Washington. Born to a Black mother and Persian father, her experiences as a multicultural child in Oklahoma shaped her desire to use her voice to advocate for and amplify her community. She currently attends Highline College in Des Moines with plans to transfer to UW-Seattle next fall. Writing is her third career started at the beginning of the pandemic after putting it aside since childhood. In June her poem “Nomenclature” was chosen as the spoken word First Prize in the Juneteenth Artist Collective held by the Northwest African American Museum and the Space Needle. Follow her on Twitter @PatheresaWells.
Arts, Culture, & Community Reporter
Amanda Ong (she/her) is a Chinese American writer from California. She is currently a master’s candidate at the University of Washington Museology program and graduated from Columbia University in 2020 with degrees in creative writing and ethnicity and race studies. There, she was involved with Asian American student activism and completed a thesis on immigrant family stories and orientalism. Amanda has recently been awarded second place for the Bristol Short Story Prize, and completed a zine about radical self-love. In both her creative writing and journalism, Amanda sees writing as a means to community building and empowering marginalized folks.
Strategic Development and Fundraising
Allison Augustyn is a nonprofit leader, fundraiser, and award-winning writer. Her work in journalism, building museum exhibits, and nonprofit consulting overseas has led to a career of growing and sustaining Seattle nonprofits through strategic partnerships, development, and programming. She is proud to be a member of the growing team at the Emerald, which is her go-to local news source. Allison is also a member of the 2021 Executive Program for Social Innovation Design (XSD) at the University of Pennsylvania (PENN), designing with and for people to promote social justice. Feel free to drop her a line about opportunities for the Emerald, journalism, music, nonprofits, or anything else at firstname.lastname@example.org.