Meet the Workgroup

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Current Workgroup Members

Yordanos Teferi, Workgroup Co-Chair

Yordanos Teferi is an eDiscovery Attorney with over 15 years of experience in combined law firm and Fortune 100 companies. When Yordanos began serving on the board of the Eritrean Community Center, she was introduced to the great work of the Multicultural Community Coalition for which she currently serves as the Interim Executive Director. Yordanos also serves on the Equitable Development Initiative (EDI) Advisory Board and on the Communities of Opportunity (COO) Governance Board.

Yu Ann Youn, Workgroup Co-Chair

Yu-Ann Youn is a current student at the University of Washington's Robinson Center for Young Scholars working towards her Bachelor's degree in Construction Management. She is passionate about building racial equity and diversity in the Built Environment industry and is an active advocate for greater engagement with the community around urban planning and development. She joined the Transportation Equity Workgroup to bring light to the voices of low-income BIPOC communities and youth in the discussions surrounding transportation planning.

Rizwan Rizwi, Co-Chair Emeritus

Rizwan is President and CEO of SAR Wealth Management. He was born and raised in Newcastle upon Tyne in England and graduated from Newcastle University with a BA with honors in Business Management and later a MA in Business Administration. He has extensive experience in the Investment industry and spent a number of years managing an Equity Portfolio at SMITH BARNEY Citigroup (now part of Morgan Stanley)

In 2012, Rizwan became the Executive Director of Muslim Housing Services (MHS) where in 2018 they helped house over 1,100 people across King County, primarily homeless refugees and immigrants. He joined the Seattle Department of Transportation's Equity Workgroup to ensure that people had a say in Transportation decisions despite coming from economically disadvantaged or historically under-represented groups that are often overlooked in policy design.

Steven Sawyer, Co-Chair Emeritus

Bishop Steven R. Sawyer is a human rights advocate, community leader, entrepreneur, and national religious trailblazer with a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Management as well as a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Global Development and Justice from Multnomah University in Portland, OR. Currently, Steven works as the Executive Director of POCAAN, formerly known as People of Color Against AIDS Network, a multicultural social service agency serving marginalized communities in Seattle since 1987. The agency seeks to advocate, educate, and mobilize programming that addresses substance abuse, incarceration, homelessness, sexually transmitted diseases, racism, sexism, homophobia, and other marginalizing disparities. His motto is shared with the organization: "Promoting Health, Mobilizing Community, and Transforming Lives.

An Huynh

An Huynh is the Public Space and Community Coordinator at the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda). She facilitates community engagement and outreach for public space projects in the Chinatown International District by interfacing with local businesses, residents, and property owners as well as municipal departments, funders, and design firms to find consensus around the design of various public art, park design, and alley revitalization projects. An joined the TEW to lift up the experiences of folks living in the Chinatown International District where 72% of households speak a language other than English and 19.1% are elder, both often left out of transportation equity conversations.

Cesar Garcia

Cesar Garcia has called the Seattle area home for the last 17 years, where he works as a Spanish interpreter and the bridge of communication within a wide array of fields including medical, social and legal. He has also been a Community Liaison working independently for the Department of Neighborhoods for almost 5 years where he has helped clear pathways of communication between the city government and the community. Witnessing thousands of life experiences that impact immigrants and refugees is what led him to join his spouse Peggy Hernandez in founding Lake City Collective, which advocates for and addresses infrastructure and livability issues that mainly affect BIPOC families in Seattle's north end. Having lived in South, Central and North Seattle, Cesar has experienced first-hand the inequalities in the City's transportation and infrastructure investments. He joined the TEW to help break this form of oppression and improve safety in neighborhoods where families like his own live.

Ellany Kayce

Ellany Kayce is an enrolled tribal member of the Tlingit Nation, Raven Clan. She is the Executive Director of the Nakani Native Program, 501c3 in Seattle and throughout her career has worked as a racial and social justice educator and program developer, cultural consultant, event planner, coordinator, facilitator, trainer, curriculum developer and fundraiser. Ellany also has life-long experience working with Alaska Native, Native American, and First Nations communities, and is a trainer, traditional drummer, singer, dancer, and activist. She believes access to transportation is critical to daily living, and that lack of equity and social justice in transportation disproportionately affects those experiencing homelessness, racism, sexism, and classism, as well as keeps historically marginalized people from accessing employment, healthcare, and affordable housing. She is representing the Duwamish Tribe for the TEW, where she hopes to learn and advocate for the Duwamish and all Tribal/Indigenous Peoples.

Amir Noir Soulkin

Amir Noir Soulkin is the Communications and Development Director at East African Community Services (EACS), a 21-year-old Black-led-and-serving nonprofit founded by and for East African refugee and immigrant families living in King County. He is the primary communications contact for the organization and oversees the organization's fundraising and development department. EACS Seattle is in the New Holly area, an overwhelmingly BIPOC community that serves more than 350 youth annually through culturally rooted Pre-K through 12th grade afterschool, summer, and intervention and diversion youth mentorship programs that uplift the voices of East African refugee and immigrant families

Amir graduated from Puget Sound Sage's Community Leadership Institute where he gained an acute awareness of the connections between class mobility and access to safe, affordable and equitable transportation, which connects every facet of life. Black immigrants are often left out of policy conversations because of language and/or access barriers, which is extremely dangerous for folx living in a society shaped through active democratic participation. Amir felt he could engage vital and impactful equity work on behalf of East African refugee and immigrant communities by serving on the Transportation Equity Workgroup: "Representation matters. BIPOC Solidarity Matters. Black Lives Matter. Black voices matters. Black interests' matter. Black economics matter. Black quality of life matters."

Karia Wong

Karia Wong has been serving immigrants since 1998, first as a volunteer and now as the Family Resource Center Coordinator at CISC, Chinese Information and Service Center. During her 20+ years of supporting immigrants, Karia has witnessed how transportation inequities become barriers for immigrants to thrive in their new lives in Seattle. She believes everyone should have the same access to safe, affordable, accessible and environmentally sustainable transportation options regardless of their country of origin, language, background and physical/mental capacities.

Former TEW Members

  • Khatami Chau
  • Kiana Parker
  • Kristina Pearson
  • Chris Rhoades
  • Christina Thomas
  • Phyllis Porter
  • Micah Lusignan
  • Julia Jannon-Shields
  • Sokunthea Ok (Department of Neighborhoods (DON), Community Liaison) 
  • Analia Bertoni (Department of Neighborhoods (DON), Community Liaison)