Our core team is supported by a governing board of directors, advisors and peers, invaluable service providers and contractors, and loyal volunteers.

Christine Hanna, co-director

Christine is an entrepreneur, non-profit manager, and experienced marketer. After receiving her MBA from the University of Washington, she spent six years working with online marketing companies, including goNextdoor, a company she co-founded. In 2002 she joined sustainability think tank Sightline Institute as managing director, where she was responsible for fundraising, strategic planning, and operations. Inspired by the "living economies" vision of BALLE, she co-founded Seattle Good Business Network in 2010. Christine is a BALLE Local Economies Fellow, and served on the City of Seattle's Economic Development Commission. Contact Christine at christine(at)

Erin Nelson, co-director

Erin joined Seattle Good Business Network as co-director in 2012. Passionate about sustainability and community development, previous roles run the gamut from producing green events and fundraisers to Peace Corp service in the Philippines; and from academia to US Senate legislative staff. She holds a BA in Political Science from UC San Diego, an MSW from UC Berkeley, is ABD, PhD in Cultural Anthropology. Erin heads up our Sewn-Goods Revitalization project, our emergent Community Capital program area, Green Business Outreach, and Champion Membership. Contact Erin at erin (at)

Andrea Porter, program coordinator

Andrea along with her husband, owned and operated Bluebottle Art Gallery and Store in Seattle from 2002 – 2010. Bluebottle built a reputation for being at the forefront of the DIY indie art, craft and design movement. In 2008 Andrea helped launch a small business conference for creative entrepreneurs called School House Craft. Each fall, leaders of the makers community come together for two days to learn new skills and find camaraderie for their small business ventures. Andrea is a firm believer that the vitality of our community is bound to those who find the passion to pursue independent business ownership. Andrea coordinates our Dine Around Seattle and Seattle Made programs. Contact Andrea for Dine Around Seattle at dinearound (at) or at andrea (at) for Seattle Made.

Seth McKinney, green business

Seth creates solutions that connect community, economy, and the environment. After six years in the financial industry, he earned his MPA from the University of Washington in 2013, focusing on community economic development. As a U.S. EPA graduate intern, he identified best management practices to help businesses reduce waste in materials management processes. Also in 2013, Seth helped to launch the City of Seattle Economic Development Commission with a strategic review and analysis of economic development planning in Seattle. Conducting this research revealed to him the deep need for localist values in the region. He joined Seattle Good Business Network in 2014 where he helps Seattle business identify and implement strategies that make businesses and communities thrive by reducing waste, preventing water pollution, and saving water. Contact Seth at seth (at)

Board of Directors

John Atcheson, Founder/CEO, Stuffstr

Leslie E. Christian, CFA, Leslie Christian, LLC

Jon Kroman, Attorney, Law Office of Jonathan Kroman, PLLC

Staff photos: Nataworry Photography