Our core team is supported by a governing board of directors, advisors and peers, invaluable service providers and contractors, and loyal volunteers.
Erin Nelson, EXECUTIVE 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, SEATTLE MADE PROGRAM MANAGER
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.
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.
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. In 2017 Christine has taken the reigns as Executive Director at Yes! Magazine. We are privileged to have her continue as a board member with Seattle Good Business Network.
Leslie Christian has been a leader in social and environmental investing for more than 25 years. She leads Outside Investments, a division of NorthStar Asset Management. After spending the first part of her career in banking and on Wall Street, Leslie became passionate about using finance for the benefit of all stakeholders, and went on to serve as President and CEO of Portfolio 21 Investments. During her 17 years at Portfolio 21, Leslie co-founded the firm’s pioneering environmental mutual fund as well as Upstream 21, a uniquely-chartered regional holding company for socially and environmentally responsible businesses. In 1993 Leslie co-founded with her colleague and friend Linda Pei the Women's Equity Mutual Fund (now part of Pax World). Leslie offers portfolio consulting and advisory services to individuals and institutions seeking to align their values and their money through an integrated capital approach to investing and philanthropy.
Jon Kroman established his own law and consulting practice after 28 years with the Seattle-based law firm of Garvey Schubert Barer, including over 20 years as partner. For many years, Jon has been heavily involved with sustainability in the regional business community. A central element of the transition to his own practice is the opportunity to provide cost-effective professional support to small and medium sized companies and other organizations defined by products, services and practices reflecting a fundamental commitment to social and environmental responsibility.
Michelle Rupp, CPCU is the second-generation owner of NRG Insurance, a Property and Casualty Brokerage located in Seattle and founded in 1942. NRG Insurance is a certified B corporation, a multiyear Alfred P Sloane award winner for workplace flexibility and is a B Corporation Best in the World multiple years for Employees. Michelle was named one of the top Women in Insurance nationally in 2015 as well as leading fundraising for the Women’s March in Washington State in 2017. NRG Insurance has always been proud to demonstrate non-traditional values in a traditional industry, from automation to sustainability to employee joy and engagement and customer delight.
Debbie has been a professional in the Credit Union movement for 35 years and has extensive experience regarding the unique role and purpose of the cooperative credit union structure. Debbie served as Executive Director of the BECU Foundation, running and growing their Scholarship program for over 13 years. Debbie is currently the Cooperative Community Advocate for BECU, a strong community-based Credit Union in Washington State. She is also a certified Credit Union Development Educator through the National Credit Union Foundation since 1993, as well as earning her Caribbean CUDE and International CUDE designation, and currently, serves on the CUDE Advisory Committee of the National CU Foundation Board. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the board of Express Advantage, the non-profit organization established to assist and partner low-income credit unions.
Erin, Christine, and Andrea staff photos: Nataworry Photography