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) seattlenetwork.org.
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) seattlenetwork.org.
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) seattlenetwork.org or at andrea (at) seattlenetwork.org for Seattle Made.
Thu Tran, Green Business
An experienced environmental consultant, Thu Tran is well-versed in public health, climate change adaptation, water conservation, storm-water pollution prevention, energy efficiency, and waste reduction. Fluent in Vietnamese and conversational in Chinese Mandarin, she is skilled in diverse stakeholder engagement to promote sustainable practices. Among her past experiences were assisting 300+ Seattle businesses with their sustainability programs and working with Vietnamese urban planners to incorporate climate change impacts into their planning activities. She helped develop high-volume environmental outreach projects, manage activity database, prepare reports, and evaluate success. Thu holds a BA in Economics with a minor in Chinese Mandarin from Whitman College (Walla Walla, WA) and is a certified LEED AP in Neighborhood Development. When she is not busy brainstorming ways to build sustainable communities, Thu likes to hike the Northwest mountains or try new recipes in her kitchen.
Colette Cosner, Communications and Outreach
Colette Cosner is a communications and non-profit management professional specializing in digital storytelling and policy advocacy. Most recently she served as the Executive Director of Domestic Fair Trade Association, a national coalition dedicated to a healthier, more just, and sustainable agricultural system. She completed a Masters in Communication in Digital Media from the University of Washington in 2016 where she specialized in integrated advocacy communication and videography. Colette has worked for a wide range of non-profits and community organizations including but not limited to: YES! Magazine, Witness for Peace Northwest, Cultivate Impact, The Grizzly Bear Outreach Project, City Fruit, and Community To Community Development. She is bilingual (Spanish/English).
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Seattle Good Business Network is fortunate to have a stellar board who is passionate about building a local economy in service to our community.
John Atcheson, CEO, Stuffstr
Leslie Christian, CFA, Leslie E. Christian LLC
Jon Kroman, Legal and Business Advisor, Law Office of Jonathan Kroman, PLLC
Joanie Parsons, President, Parsons + Co.
Debbie Wege, Executive Director, BECU Foundation; BECU Community Affairs
Erin, Christine, and Andrea staff photos: Nataworry Photography