Our core team is supported by a group of advisors that provide critical encouragement and insight, our business members that provide enthusiasm and often in-kind support, and our volunteers who just generally rock. 

Christine Hanna, co-director

Christine is an entrepreneur, non-profit manager, and experienced marketer. After receiving her MBA from the University of Washington in 1996, she spent six years working with online marketing companies, including goNextdoor, a marketing services company she co-founded. In 2002 she joined Sightline Institute (a Seattle-based sustainability think tank), and became well-versed in the many facets of sustainability and in operating a healthy not-for-profit organization. As Sightline's managing director, she was responsible for financing, strategic planning, and staffing the organization. Inspired by the "living economies" vision of BALLE, and the impressive impact of Sustainable Connections in Bellingham, she co-founded Seattle Good Business Network in 2010. Christine is a BALLE Local Economies Fellow, and serves on the City of Seattle's Economic Development Commission. Contact Christine at

Erin Nelson, co-director

Erin recently joined Seattle Good Business Network as co-director. Passionate about sustainability and community service, she brings a diversity of experience to her role. Most recently, she founded and managed a green events business focused primarily on non-profit fundraising. Earlier work includes serving as a US Peace Corp volunteer (Philippines), a US Senate aide, and an academic. She has an MSW (Public and Non-Profit Management) from UC Berkeley, a BA in political science (UC San Diego), and is ABD, PhD in Cultural Anthropology. Contact Erin at

Julie Dillon, membership and program coordinator

Julie's passions include sustainability, thriving local communities and the healing arts. She's a former manager of  the Columbia City Business Improvement Area and produced the 2010 Beatwalk Summer Music Festival. Her background includes 9 years in high tech working in software marketing, project management and web development, including work with Web Collective, Adobe Systems,, and Microsoft's MSN. A yoga instructor since 2002, Julie feels privileged to be able to contribute to her SE Seattle community through neighborhood yoga classes. Contact Julie at

Nell Abercrombie, Good Buzz newsletter editor

Nell loves connecting people with powerful and unusual ideas. She's an idealistic grocer at Central Co-op, where her work has included development, and media and outreach. She also coordinates communications and social media for The Bikery, a community-powered, volunteer-run bike shop and cycling resource. She has a B.A. in Women Studies from the University of Washington. Favorite pastimes include hiking, biking, and thinking about democratizing resources like knowledge, skills, food, and money. She loves living in Seattle. Contact Nell at

Jessica Lind-Diamond, CommCap series producer

Jessica comes to Seattle Good Business Network after six years of fundraising for YES! Magazine. She passionately believes that strong local economies are the key to thriving communities that benefit everyone. Jessica holds a double BA in Human Rights and Hispanic Studies from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. A Seattle native, she's happy to be back after living in Connecticut, Uruguay, Chile, and Bainbridge Island. Jessica enjoys growing her own vegetables, playing the piano, riding her bike, and turning anything that grows into chutney. Contact Jessica at


We are grateful for the support and insight we receive from our advisors:

John Atcheson

Leslie E. Christian, CFA

David Korten, author, lecturer, founder, People Centered Development Forum

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

Derek Long, Executive Director, Sustainable Connections

Michelle Long, Executive Director, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies

Elise Lufkin

Shaula Massena, Principal, Northwest Sustainable and Responsible Impact

Derek Hoshiko, activist entrepreneur, Communications Manager, Yes! Magazine

Michelle Rupp, President, NRG Insurance

Mike Schaefer, President, Soaring Heart Natural Bed Co.

Kevin Wilhelm, CEO, Sustainable Business Consulting