The Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) is a community development organization whose mission is to preserve, promote, and develop the Seattle Chinatown International District (CID) as a vibrant community and unique ethnic neighborhood. Formed by the community in 1975, SCIDpda works to revitalize and preserve the neighborhood by providing services in four areas: affordable housing and commercial property management, real estate development, culturally-relevant senior services through our Legacy House program, and community economic development and community engagement through our IDEA Space program. We have over a 40-year success record of increasing neighborhood sustainability through innovative programs and projects that balance development and preservation.
As a neighborhood-based community developer, SCIDpda engages and mobilizes community members to develop collaborative solutions to meet neighborhood priorities–because a community’s strength comes from its members taking the initiative to shape its present and future.
Scott Yasui, Chair, joined Riddell Williams in 2000 and is a member of the Real Estate and Land Use practice group. His practice covers a broad range of commercial real estate matters, including corporate counseling, financing, development, architecture, real estate acquisition, zoning, and Natural Resources. Prior to Riddell Williams, Scott was an associate at the Nathanson Group in Seattle where he focused on real estate and construction law, including lease negotiations, acquisitions and developments, drafting purchase, sale agreements, construction contracts, commercial leases, and various financing agreements. Scott received his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law in 1990 and his B.A. from the University of Hawaii in 1987. He is admitted to practice in the states of Hawaii and Washington. He is a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association, King County Bar Association, and the Washington State Bar Association.
Wayne Lau, Vice Chair, has been a resident in Seattle since 1956, having attended public schools here and is a graduate of Rainier Beach High School. He has a 35 year career in commercial real estate lending and small business lending. In 1990, he was a founding executive of a local community commercial bank which had a strong niche and market focus on immigrant entrepreneurs and real estate investors. In 2012, he accepted a position as executive director of the Rainier Valley Community Development Fund. This organization is involved in deployment of mitigation grant funds during construction of the Sound Transit light rail in SE Seattle.
David Chang, MD is a specialist in sleep medicine at the Polyclinic in Seattle. He received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, where he served as chief medical resident. Dr. Chang also completed a fellowship in sleep medicine at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, and he is board certified in Internal Medicine.
Michael Itti is the Executive Director of the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. He advises the Governor, state agencies, and other decision-makers on policies and programs that may impact Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Washington State. He also serves on the board of Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Empowerment Votes. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the George Washington University.
Casey Huang is the Associate Principal at Mithun with 22 years of architectural experience. Through her design work as an architect, she strives to make a meaningful difference in the community. She was the designer for many outstanding projects including several award winning projects—Marina Building at Shilshole Bay Marina in Ballard, REI Flagship Store in downtown Seattle, and Thea’s Landing in Tacoma. Born and raised in Beijing, China, Ms. Huang received her bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Tsinghua University in Beijing and her master’s degree in architecture from the University of Nebraska. She is also a graduate of the Design Firm Leadership and Management Certificate Program from the University of Washington. As a first generation immigrant, she has been actively involved in the Asian community.
Phillip Sitwas the Communication Coordinator for the King County Department of Assessments. Previously, Phillip worked for the WA State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, focusing on improving the well-being of Asian Pacific Americans by ensuring their access to participation in the fields of government, business and education. While attending college, Phillip served as an intern for the Chinatown International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA), Chinese Information Service Center (CISC), and the Organization of Chinese Americans-Greater Seattle Chapter. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in political science and law, society, & justice and is currently enrolled in the Puget Sound Leadership Tomorrow program.
Nelson Yong is a digital marketing leader possessing a broad mix of marketing, strategy, event, communications, and project management skills. With over 10 years of online and offline marketing experience, he has managed interactive marketing projects for small business to global brands like Microsoft, XBOX, Dell, Alienware, Kodak, Zpoka Coffee, and Lionsgate Studios. Nelson has a passion for conceiving and delivering new ways to use technology to listen, analyze, engage, and connect with consumers to consistently deliver profit and brand equity. He has a track record of work that demands innovative and creative thinking balanced with quantitative rigor. Currently sitting on five local boards, including the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce, he is also a community builder who is passionate about grassroots economic development.
Mark Gau has experience as a proven and highly successful marketing executive and business leader creating effective growth strategies for a diverse number of brands. He provides unique understanding of the internal issues companies face in the ever changing world of brand strategy and marketing communications for global industries. Mark is acknowledged for creatively and effectively engaging customers in branded experiences that build business while working across cultures with team members in multiple locations.
Jennifer Reyes is well known and respected in the commercial real estate arena with nearly 20 years of experience in the industry. Her diverse clientele includes lenders, brokers, attorneys, principals, and other commercial real estate professionals. Jen’s success comes from her patience, persistence, and professionalism when developing relationships with her clients. Through consistent communication, she ensures that each client’s distinct needs are handled promptly and efficiently.
Jen is an active supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, United Way, Fred Hutch, JDRF, Childhaven, and Girls Scouts of America. During her free time, she enjoys golfing, traveling, reading, and exploring new restaurants with her friends & family.
Aileen Balahadia is a Northwest native who lives with her family in Southeast Seattle and has been fortunate to work in the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in Seattle, including the Chinatown/International District, Columbia City, White Center, and the Rainier Valley. A 20-year practitioner in community development, Aileen is now an independent consultant working on neighborhood and community projects focused on authentic community leadership, particularly from the least represented members of our community, multicultural coalition building, and community and nonprofit capacity building. Her clients include Nonprofit Assistance Center, City of Seattle, and HomeSight. She served for nine years as the Executive Director of the White Center Community Development Association and previously worked with the Seattle Chinatown ID Preservation and Development Authority, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and the Filipino Community of Seattle. She currently serves on the board of the Seattle Foundation’s Neighbor to Neighbor small grants committee and the Seattle Chinatown ID Preservation and Development Authority. Aileen has a Master’s in Public Administration from the Evans School at the University of Washington and a BA from the University of Puget Sound.
Maiko is Executive Director of the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda), whose mission is to preserve, promote and develop the Chinatown International District as a vibrant community and unique ethnic neighborhood. She is responsible for the overall direction and sustainability of the organization. Maiko previously served as the SCIDpda’s Director of Housing and Facilities, responsible for asset and property management, as well as a member of the SCIDpda’s real estate development team.
Maiko has 20 years community and economic development experience including asset management, property management, real estate development and finance. Prior to joining SCIDpda, Maiko worked with SouthEast Effective Development (SEED) in Seattle’s Rainier Valley. Her work focused on economic development in the Columbia City neighborhood, as well as financing and management of affordable housing rehabilitation projects.
Maiko graduated from University of Washington with a Master of Public Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Puget Sound. She the Secretary (and a past president) of the board of the National Coalition of Asian Pacific American Community Development, chairs the City of Seattle’s Housing Levy Oversight Committee, and serves on a variety of task forces and committees.
Veronica “Vern” Wood has oversite for the agency’s accounting, budgeting, cash management, financial controls, human resource, administrative functions, property management and senior services programs. Vern is a CPA with over 30 years of broad experience as a finance professional in not-for-profit, start-ups and growth stage companies. She has worked with high-tech, wireless and service industries.
Prior to joining SCIDpda, Vern was Controller of Loctronix Corporation, a software development company specializing in location based technology. She also owned her own consulting practice, providing accounting expertise to a variety of clients. Vern served as Controller of InfoMove, Inc., a company providing navigation software applications to service providers, and Director of Accounting for AT&T Wireless Messaging Division. In her previous positions, Vern was responsible for the accounting, financial reporting, accounting system conversions and financial controls of these businesses. Vern is a member of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Project Development Manager
A native of Seattle, Mike has been a practicing architect for over 35 years after receiving his master’s degree in architecture from the University of Washington. His architectural career has been with Seattle’s premier architectural firms as principal at Mithun and ZGF and most recently as a studio leader at NBBJ prior to joining SCIDpda as the Real Estate Project Development Manager.
Mike has been active in the CID through his participation as a Board Member of the International District Review Board and as Board Member and president of the SCIDpda Board. He has also been an active community member in the greater Seattle area as a mayoral appointee for the Seattle Planning Commission, Seattle Landmarks Board, and a member of the Seattle Children’s Hospital Citizen Advisory Committee. He was also the lead architect for the initial feasibility of the International Village Square and ultimately the design of IDVS 1. Mike was also the lead architect for the conceptual design of the Hirabayashi Place in the CID.
Director of Real Estate Development
Barbara Cole is the Director of Property Management for the SCIDpda. She manages all of the building that are owned and/or operated by the SCIDpda. She is responsible for both the commercial and residential spaces. She first joined the SCIDpda in 2010, briefly retired then missing the ID returned to her position in 2015. She has a total of 19 years in housing management, and has worked for both Downtown Emergency Service Center and Catholic housing services. Prior to moving to Seattle in 1997, she spent 20 years in law enforcement in Idaho, and is a Viet Nam Veteran.
Director of Senior Services
Emiko (Emi) Mizuki is the Administrator of Legacy House and Director of Senior Services for the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda). She provides leadership and overall direction to ensure that the operations are consistent with SCIDpda’s mission to meet the need for affordable, culturally-responsive services for the neighborhood’s increasingly aging and low-income seniors. She is responsible for contract and regulatory compliance, fiscal and organizational management, staffing, supervision and fundraising.
Prior to this position, Emiko had been employed by the University of Washington for over 14 years occupying positions in the Office of International Affairs (Provost Office), and the School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology. Throughout her tenure, she had been responsible for senior-level administration, with demonstrated expertise in public health management and essential support for numerous international events, addressing emergent and long-term global health issues focusing on the development of innovative initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region.
Emiko is passionate about the delivery of quality healthcare and social services that our seniors need to stay healthy and independent. She remains active in the neighborhood, serving on the Jefferson Advisory Council for Seattle Parks and Recreation and is a long-time resident in the community.
IDEA Space Program Manager
Jamie Lee is the IDEA Space Manager at SCIDpda. Jamie manages the funding, reporting, and vision for all IDEA Space projects and initiatives. Jamie joined the SCIDpda team in the summer of 2014; before that, she worked in the University District with Sanctuary Art Center, an arts organization for homeless youth and young adults. She has over eight years in fund development and project management, both in her professional and volunteer life. She holds a Master’s in Social Work and Public Administration from the University of Washington. She’s passionate about poverty alleviation, racial justice, youth development, neighborhoods, and the important interplay of policy and practice. Jamie started coming to the CID 16 years ago as a freshman in college and has volunteered in the neighborhood for over 10 years.
Development & Communication Manager