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.
Jared Jonson, President, Jared Jonson currently works as a Policy and Program Manager at the Seattle Housing Authority. His work focuses on creating programs and strategies to ensure Yesler’s successful redevelopment and transition to a mixed-income neighborhood. Before SHA, Jared worked at the Urban Land Institute, managing the organization’s Seattle office. His key contributions include leading ULI’s technical assistance program in the Seattle and Portland markets—assisting local jurisdictions and public entities work through real estate and land uses challenges. Jared also previously served as Government Relations Specialist for the King County Dept. of Transportation, working in policy, community relations, and management of King County’s TOD program. His past community work has focused on building civic power for communities of color. He is also a former participant and board member of ACLF. Jared’s family is from Batangas, Philippines. He is a Boston native, but grew up in Olympia, WA. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Comparative Ethnic Studies from Washington State University.
Michael Itti, Vice President, 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. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the George Washington University.
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.
Casey Huang, Secretary, 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.
Scott Yasui, Past Board President, joined Fox Rothschild LLP (formerly 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.
Jennifer Reyes is well known and respected in the commercial real estate arena with over 20 years of experience in the industry. She is Senior Vice President of National Sales for Fidelity National Title, where 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.
Each year, beginning 2014 through 2017, she has been recognized as a top salesperson for the Fidelity family of companies and most recently was awarded by the Washington Women’s Conference & Diversity Council as one of the 2016 Top 20 Business Women.
Jen is a Seattle native and earned her degree at the University of Washington in Communications, with emphasis in Public Relations. She is an active supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, United Way, Plymouth Housing, Fred Hutch, JDRF and the UW Alumni Association. During her free time, she enjoys golfing, traveling, reading, and exploring new restaurants with her friends & family.
Nelson Yong is the Brand Director at BrookleyHuntington, where he focuses on growth marketing and growth investments for brands in retail and hospitality. He is also a partner at Inception Capital Management, a boutique investment fund, and regularly deals with investments in emerging private companies and technologies on blockchain. Over the last several years, Nelson has amassed a stellar track record working with brands like Lexus, Aston Martin, UNIQLO, Chang Beer, Johnnie Walker, Delta Air Lines, Thompson Hotels, W Hotels, Amazon, American Express, Indochino, Suitsupply, Philips Norelco, Resy, Warner Bros., TNT and other brands in various marketing campaigns. Previously, he helped lead several full-service digital and creative agencies in working with businesses to engage audiences in North America and China. His teams worked on everything from early-stage product ideation to executing cutting-edge digital campaigns for Fortune 100 clients including Microsoft, Sony, Expedia, Boeing, T-Mobile and Coach.
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.
Kevin Huynh is a Finance Manager at Microsoft, where he has previously served as a Global Business Operations Program Manager and, prior to that, Finance/Trade Analyst. Kevin received a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance from Seattle Pacific University School of Business and Economics.
Lanzi Li is a Project Manager at Heartland LLC, Lanzi leverages her interdisciplinary background in city planning, real estate and finance, land use economics and spatial analytics to advise a variety of economic development and real estate projects for public and private clients. She assists with market research, site selection, financial analysis, underwriting, strategy development and implementation. She also assists with Heartland’s Chinese Partner Initiative. Lanzi received a Master’s degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design with a concentration in Public-Private Development. She received a Bachelor of Science in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University. She is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), NAIOP and serves on NAIOP’s Sustainable Development Committee.
Jerilyn Young is an independent consultant working in healthcare IT and is a certified project manager, PMP. She has worked with Cerner Corporation, Northwest Hospital and Medical Center, UW Medicine, and Laboratory Corporation of America among others. She is a former IDHA volunteer and WAPI Community Services board president. 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.
David J. Della 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.
Mindy Au is a consultant at PeopleFirm, LLC, a strategy and execution consulting firm focused on people strategy, talent management, organizational performance, leadership development, and 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.
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.
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 is 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 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.
Director of Community Initiatives
Jamie Lee is the Director of Community Initiative at SCIDpda. Jamie manages the funding, reporting, and vision for all community 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 ten 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 18 years ago as a freshman in college and has volunteered in the neighborhood for over 13 years.
Joseph C. Guanlao
Development & Communication Manager