Alex Pace President & Treasurer, Heritage Bank

Alex is a Commercial Lender at Heritage Bank’s Seattle office where he specializes in affordable housing finance and community development lending. Alex grew up in Sequim, WA and now calls Auburn home, where he lives with his wife and three young children. Alex’s interest in learning Spanish and Latino culture inspired him to travel earlier in his life, giving him a glimpse into the lives of the families he stayed with in Mexico. This sparked his passion to work with the immigrant community back in Washington and ultimately lead him to the Board of Casa Latina.

Rae Levine Vice President, Loveall Price & Associates

Rae first connected with Casa Latina in 2001 in her professional capacity as an organization development consultant. She facilitated the organization’s strategic planning process in 2017 and joined the Board in 2019. Rae brings 30+ years’ experience as a nonprofit leader and organization development consultant with a wide variety of organizations. Currently she works primarily as an Interim Executive Director, helping nonprofit boards and staff strengthen their organizations for a sustainable future during a leadership transition.  She has lived, worked, and volunteered in Latin America and currently [pre-COVID] volunteers as a Spanish interpreter at Washington New Americans citizenship legal clinics.

Derrick Hall Secretary, City of Seattle

Patricia Lally Racial Equity Works

Fe Lopez The Law School Admission Council

Daniele Moreni Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Daniele is a Finance Manager at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he works with the Finance Services for the Poor and Emergency Response teams with a focus on financial and strategy management. His professional background spans across finance, operations, data, and governance. He currently serves in the Budget and Finance Committee of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion based in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) where he has been providing financial and budget oversight for the last 2 years. Daniele holds a Master in Business Administration from the University of Portland, and a Master in Electrical Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino in Italy. He is fluent in French, Spanish, and Italian. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, discovering new sourdough bread recipes, and running long distance races.

Pilar Pacheco Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Pilar is a Senior Program Officer in the Emergency Response team (EMR), joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in July 2011, and has been with the team since January 2018. She leads the Emergency Relief and the Capacity Building workstreams, focusing on strengthening the preparedness and response capacity as well as organizational capacity of local humanitarian actors. Pilar holds a bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Florida International University (Miami, Florida) and a Master’s degree in Organization Development and Culture from Universidad Diego Portales (Santiago, Chile).

Rod Skaar Boeing

Sara Sluszka Washington Defender Association

Sara is an Immigration Resource Attorney at the Washington Defender Association, advising criminal defense attorneys about immigration consequences for indigent clients accused of crimes. Sara works to challenge systematic oppression and power imbalances, with a vision of collective liberation, solidarity and radical joy. Sara has worked as a detention/ deportation defense attorney at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and as an attorney at Casa de Proyecto Libertad on the U.S.-Mexico border in Harlingen, Texas. Sara earned her JD from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, and is admitted to practice in Washington and New York.

Jim Yearby United Way of King County