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 three areas: affordable housing and commercial property management, real estate development, and community economic development and community engagement. 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.
Mindy Au, President, is a manager at 71 & Change, a strategy and execution consulting firm specializing in change management. Mindy is not new to the CID; she previously worked for the International District Housing Alliance during its merger with InterIm CDA and worked for International Community Health Services in the early 2000s. Mindy earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Dartmouth College and Master of Public Administration in International Development from the University of Washington.
Casey Huang, Vice President, 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.
Jerilyn Young, Secretary, is the Manager, PMO where she is responsible for building, improving, and ensuring adherence to the the Project Management framework at Vitalware. Previously, she has worked with Cerner Corporation, Northwest Hospital and Medical Center, and UW Medicine. She is a former IDHA and WAPI Community Services volunteer. Currently, she serves as a 501Commons Service Corp member and is on the UW MBA Diversity in Business alumni committee. Jerilyn received her MBA from the University of Washington Foster School of Business, her BA from the University of Hawaii, and is an alumnus of the United Way of King County Project LEAD (Leadership Effectiveness And Diversity) program.
Wayne Lau, Treasurer, 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. Wayne is a 1st generation immigrant and speaks Cantonese Chinese fluently. He is a graduate of Occidental College (Economics) and has earned an M.B.A. from University of Chicago in Finance and Accounting.
David J. Della, At-Large, is a lifelong resident of Seattle and spent many of his youth and early adult years in and around the Chinatown-International District. He is a government, business, and community relations professional with over 20 years’ experience in the public sector in appointed, elected and managerial positions in local and state government including serving as a Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Norman Rice, Executive Director of the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and a former member of the Seattle City Council.
He has also worked for over a decade in the private and non-profit sectors through his own sustainability consulting firm, managing contracts/community relations for a national environmental services company, directing community/government relations for a prominent local non-profit, and currently a partner at Green Shoots Consulting, LLC, a business and real estate consulting firm. His expertise is in government policy, legislative advocacy, community and coalition building, and resource development.
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 21-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. She is currently the Program Consultant for Neighbor to Neighbor, the grassroots grantmaking program of the Seattle Foundation. Her past 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 as her first job out of undergraduate school. 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.
Phillip Sit grew up in Skyway and the Chinatown/ID as his grandparents and extended family were merchants and restaurant owners in the district during the 1980s and 1990s. He works as a policy advisor for the Office of Economic Development at the City is Seattle. Previously, Phillip worked for the WA State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and the King County Department of Assessments. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in political science and law, society, & justice.
Miye Moriguchi is the Development Manager at Uwajimaya, Inc., where she is responsible for all activities related to developing and designing new stores or ventures, remodeling and upgrading current stores and the visioning and development of company owned property. Prior to Uwajimaya, Miye was an associate at Mithun, an integrated design firm. Miye earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Yale University.
May Wu is currently the Internal Controls & Change Management Director in the finance department at Holland America, and was previously at Starbucks Corporation and Deloitte & Touche, LLP. She obtained both her Masters of Professional Accountancy and Bachelors of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington, and is a licensed CPA.
Elliot Sun grew up in Seattle’s Mount Baker neighborhood and often frequented the International District with friends and family. After spending eight years in the Bay Area, Elliot moved back to Seattle in late 2016. He is currently the Commercial Director for Blanton Turner in Pioneer Square. Having worked with both public (Presidio SF, City of Seattle) and private entities, Elliot brings a true passion for community interests, thoughtful urban planning, and social and economic development. Elliot is on the Advisory Board for North Seattle College BAS Program and is a strong supporter of El Centro De La Raza and the Denise Louie Foundation.
Tiernan Martin is the Livable Communities Program Manager as Futurewise—Washington’s only statewide nonprofit organization specialized in supporting land-use policies that encourage healthy, equitable and opportunity-rich communities. He earned his Bachelor of Arts at McGill University in Montréal, Canada. He has six years of experience working with place-based organizations like SCIDpda as a policy expert, a data analyst, and coalition partner. In addition to his work as an urban planner, Tiernan brings his experience living in the Chinatown International District since 2009 and serving on the neighborhood’s International Special Review District Board from 2016–2018. During his time as Chair of the ISRD, he also co-chaired the neighborhood planning working group that engaged CID community members in rewriting the ISRD Design Guidelines.
Lisa Nitze is V.P., Marketing, Investment and Community Partnerships for Nitze-Stagen & Co., an integrated real estate investment, development and management firm with a portfolio of properties located in Seattle including the Union Station Garage in the CID. Previously, Lisa was CEO of Social Venture Partners Seattle an organization comprised of philanthropists who pool approximately $1M each year to contribute to local social enterprises and collective impact initiatives. Lisa has 30 years of experience leading public/private partnership organizations and initiatives, working with government, corporations, foundations, nonprofits and educational institutions, to develop and implement strategies for building sustainable social systems change and for maximizing social impact. She has started and led four nonprofits. As Washington D.C. Managing Director of Mission Measurement LLC, Lisa worked with leading organizations in many sectors to advise them on measurement, evaluation and reporting of social impact. A former CEO of the U.S. Social Enterprise Alliance and Speaker Specialist for the U.S. State Department on social entrepreneurship, Lisa has traveled extensively abroad and across the U.S. speaking and consulting on the power of social enterprise for social and economic development. As V.P. Global Engagement for the Ashoka Foundation, Lisa led a team working with corporations, foundations and philanthropists to secure investment in social enterprises around the world. Lisa has a BA from Harvard and an MBA from Stanford University.
Cindy Ju is currently a real estate professional with Hines focused on acquisitions and development. She is passionate about creating a positive impact on community economic outcomes and affordability via investing in urban development and real estate. She is an active member of the Young Leader’s Group within the Urban Land Institute (ULI) of Seattle.
Previously, Cindy was an investor at Oaktree Capital Management, a leading global alternative asset management firm with expertise in credit strategies. There, she was a member of the U.S. High Yield Bonds Fund with $20 billion under management. Prior to that, Cindy worked as an investment banker at Houlihan Lokey, primarily focusing on restructuring transactions and corporate M&A. She dedicates her time to community and non-profit organizations, with prior experiences on the board of directors for Girls on the Run and mentoring with Minds Matter.
Cindy received her bachelor’s degree in finance and operations & information management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and her MBA from the Harvard Business School
Interim Exectutive Director
Veronica “Vern” Wood will serve as SCIDpda’s Interim Executive Director while the Board conducts a search for a permanent Executive Director. As Interim Executive Director Vern is responsible for he overall direction and sustainability of the organization. Vern has been with SCIDpda for over 11 years serving as Deputy Director and CFO. In these roles, Vern had oversight of the agency’s accounting, budgeting, cash management, financial controls, human resource, administrative functions and property management. Vern is a CPA with over 40 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.
Director of Community Initiatives
Jamie oversees community focused projects at the SCIDpda. Jamie joined SCIDpda in 2014. With senior leadership, she supports external relations of the organization, and oversees funding and operations of community initiatives and Hing Hay Coworks.
Jamie has over ten years in the nonprofit sector focusing on community engagement and nonprofit management, including working with individuals experiencing homelessness and launching a transitional housing program for homeless women. She also worked at the University of Washington’s Carlson Leadership and Public Service Center, networking with over 300 nonprofit organizations in the Seattle area and connecting them with undergraduate and graduate students looking to integrate service into their studies. Jamie has been active in the CID since 2005, with Chinese Information Service Center and the International District Chinatown Library in their after school programs, the International District Housing Alliance (now InterIm CDA) on their fund development committee, and the board of the Washington Asian Pacific Islander (WAPI) Community Services.
She currently serves on the board of the International District Emergency Center. Jamie has Masters in Social Work and Public Administration from the University of Washington.
Director of Property Operations
In a newly created role for 2020, Jared is responsible for leading the property operations team that includes SCIDpda’s existing affordable housing and commercial portfolio. The role includes broad leadership and growing organizational capacity to use affordable housing and commercial properties as a platform to further SCIDpda’s mission and values for the people and neighborhood we serve.
Jared has spent his career in various roles related to community and civic engagement for Asian & Pacific Islander communities, government relations, land use & real estate. Before SCIDpda, Jared spent the last 3.5 years at the Seattle Housing Authority, working as a Policy & Program Manager in Real Estate Development and Policy/Strategies Initiatives.
Jared graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Comparative Ethnic Studies. He has served as a Board Member for SCIDpda for 5 years, including the last 2 as Board President.
For inquiries, please contact:
Joseph C. Guanlao
Development & Communication Manager