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

Fé Lopez The Law School Admission Council

Fé LopezGaetke is the director of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Law School Admission Council. Prior to joining LSAC, she was appointed Executive Director of the Community Police Commission by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and was confirmed by the CPC and Seattle City Council in early 2014. Before that, she was Director of alumni relations and the annual fund at Seattle University School of Law. LopezGaetke is a past president of the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington, where she was co-chair of the Judicial Evaluation Committee, chair of the Banquet Committee, and co-chair of the Community Outreach Committee. During her time with LBAW, she worked with communities of color on the MEDC Task Force on Police Accountability in Seattle and with the United for Fair Representation Coalition advocating for minority-majority congressional and legislative districts and the Washington State Voting Rights Act. She developed diversity initiatives with LBAW, other minority bar and community organizations, law students, and lawyers, including programs such as the Racial Justice Leadership Institute at Seattle University School of Law, Disability Rights: Ethics and Practical Skills, Dealing with Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Courtroom, and Advocacy Skills for Protecting Civil Rights that specifically addressed police accountability issues. She is also a co-founder and past co-chair of the Judicial Institute, which encourages qualified diverse attorneys to seek judicial positions through a comprehensive education and mentorship program in order to promote court benches that reflect the richness and diversity of the communities and populations served by our judicial system throughout the state of Washington. Fé currently serves as a board member of Casa Latina, and is a past president and board member of OneAmerica and immediate past cochair of the Schroeter Goldmark Bender/LBAW Free Legal Clinic at El Centro de la Raza. She is a 2006 graduate of Seattle University School of Law and has received the Seattle University Law Justicia Award, Seattle University Athletics Inaugural Women in Leadership Award, LBAW President’s Award, and the Washington State Bar Association’s Excellence in Diversity Award.

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