Meet the
Seeding Justice team

Meet our staff

We are only as strong as the diverse voices we represent. Our staff embodies a wide range of identities: We’re trans and cis, queer, straight, and bisexual. We’re Indigenous, Latine, Asian, Asian American, and White. We’re U.S. born and immigrants. We’re in our 20s, 30s and 40s. We are parents of humans, plants, and animals. We’ve got master’s degrees (and massive student debt) and are proud college dropouts. We’re neurodivergent, neurotypical, and live with mental health disabilities. 

We are Seeding Justice.

Meet our staff

We are only as strong as the diverse voices we represent. Our staff embodies a wide range of identities: We’re trans and cis, queer, straight, and bisexual. We’re Indigenous, Latine, Asian, Asian American, and White. We’re U.S. born and immigrants. We’re in our 20s, 30s and 40s. We are parents of humans, plants, and animals. We’ve got master’s degrees (and massive student debt) and are proud college dropouts. We’re neurodivergent, neurotypical, and live with mental health disabilities. 

We are Seeding Justice.

Rachel smiles in the setting sun in front of an alpine lake and Mount Washington in Central Oregon

Rachel Alm | Grants Support Manager

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Rachel Alm | Grants Support Manager

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Rachel is a passionate community organizer who believes in the power of fostering civic participation as a key to building a culture that deeply honors the spirit of one another and the natural world. Her work is guided by the echoes of the stories and histories learned through her upbringing in Hawaiʻi.

Before joining Seeding Justice, Rachel worked for Special Olympics on the Youth Innovation Project Initiative. She is the current coordinator of the Live Aloha movement, which centers the principles of ALOHA at the core of a set of collective individual actions that we envision will build strong communities. Rachel honors her Japanese American heritage through volunteering with the Japanese American Society of Central Oregon and the Hawaii Betsuin Buddhist Women’s Association

When she’s not working, Rachel can be found skateboarding, sitting with a book at a local coffee shop, or putting her history degree to use by wandering around museums.

She lives in Bend with her many half completed craft projects.

Rachel joined Seeding Justice in 2022.

Samantha Bakall wears a black crop top and black pants while posing in front of a purple and blue mural in Southeast Portland.

Samantha Bakall | Communications Director

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Samantha Bakall | Communications Director

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Samantha Bakall is a queer, Chinese American former food journalist whose writing has centered diverse communities across the Pacific Northwest. Before joining Seeding Justice, Samantha worked for The Oregonian and was the only staff food writer of color in the state. After leaving the paper, she worked as a freelance writer specializing in issues of diversity in food, particularly about the AAPI diaspora. She mentored historically excluded youth interested in journalism for five years, and in 2019 and 2020, designed and ran Amplify, a summer internship for high school journalists from historically excluded communities in partnership with Metro and Pamplin Media.

When she’s not writing, you can find Samantha baking or cooking intricate meals, hiking or kayaking (oftentimes both) across the West, or heading out on a camping adventure in her home-built camper.

Samantha lives in Portland with her partner, and more plants, kitchen equipment and house projects than she should; she started at Seeding Justice in 2021.

Wendy Cluse wears a gray, long sleeve shirt while smiling in front of a pale yellow and blue mural in Southeast Portland.

Wendy Cluse | Development Support Manager

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Wendy Cluse | Development Support Manager

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Wendy has spent much of her working life in the conservation realm protecting sea turtles on the North Carolina coast. Though gratifying, she was ready for a new adventure after 12 years in the field. In 2013, she and her wife embarked on a cross-country drive from the rural South to Portland. After some much needed time off, she started volunteering with local nonprofits, learning that her strengths were in playing a supportive role. Wendy has since worked at a veterinary surgical center and for an engineering firm.

Wendy now volunteers as a data squad leader for UU the Vote, a national voter engagement initiative, and is on the ground floor of the organization’s expansion into mobilizing faith communities to fight for climate justice, LGBTQ+ rights, gender justice, and decriminalization. She’s excited to bring her organizational skills, love of spreadsheets, and desire to disrupt to Seeding Justice.

She lives with her wife and their very fluffy and social cat Alice, and enjoys smelling the forest, admiring mountains, soaking in pools of water, and eating all the food.

Wendy joined Seeding Justice in August 2021.

Se-ah-dom Edmo smiles wearing long, feathered earrings and red lipstick in front of a lavender and white mural in Southeast Portland.

Se-ah-dom Edmo | Executive Director

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Se-ah-dom Edmo | Executive Director

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Se-ah-dom (Shoshone-Bannock, Nez Perce and Yakama) brings deep experience in community organizing for racial and social justice work across the nation. Prior to joining Seeding Justice, Se-ah-dom served as the Sovereignty Program Director at Western States Center where she was the coalition convener of Tribal History: Shared History (Senate Bill 13, 2017) in Oregon, which established and funded the teaching of Indian History and Sovereignty in K – 12 schools across the state. Se-ah-dom is also the co-editor of the Tribal Equity Toolkit 3.0: Tribal Resolutions and Codes for Two Spirit and LGBT Justice in Indian Country and American Indian Identity: Citizenship, Membership & Blood. A hallmark of her career has been fostering relationships and collaborations between tribes and organizations doing social, racial, environmental, and economic justice work across the region. She is an ALF Senior Fellow and a member of the Steering Committee of Oregon Recovers and the board of Oregon Consumer Justice.

Se-ah-dom’s ancestors are from Celilo, a fishing village along the Columbia River and one of the oldest known settlements in the West. She lives in Gresham with her husband James and their children Siale, Imasees and Miyosiwin, as well as her parents, Ed and Carol Edmo.

Se-ah-dom joined Seeding Justice in December 2018.

Sandee Huang poses in front of a light blue mural in Southeast Portland wearing a black denim jacket and a red collared shirt.

Sandee Huang | Finance and Operations Director

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Sandee Huang | Finance and Operations Director

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Sandee is a financial professional passionate about dedicating her skills and knowledge to the nonprofit world. Sandee grew up in mainland China and joined KPMG, a “Big Four” accounting firm, as a financial auditor after finishing her master’s degree. Though she loved auditing, she found she wanted to do more to help those in need. Sandee came to the U.S. in 2012 and received her master’s degree in public policy at the University of Kentucky while working on the finance team at Save the Children Foundation. She later took over as Director of Finance and Operations for the International Center at the University of Kentucky from 2015-2021. As a queer, Chinese, and first-generation immigrant, Sandee finds Seeding Justice as her happy start in Portland where she can put her love of Excel and data analytics together while working for a just and joyful world.

Kentucky life has heavily influenced Sandee’s life —she likes woodworking, carpentry, BBQ, eating fried chicken, and drinking bourbon with bourbon chocolate, to name a few. She also enjoys taking walks with her partner, learning guitar, drawing silly cartoon characters, reading art and architecture history, learning foreign languages, and talking to her cat.

Sandee joined Seeding Justice in July 2021.

Jude Perez smiles in front of an abstract mural of a person with blue lips in Southeast Portland.

Jude Perez | Programs Manager, Lilla Jewel Awards Manager

Pronouns: They / Them / Elle

Jude Perez | Programs Manager, Lilla Jewel Awards Manager

Pronouns: They / Them / Elle

Jude is a queer, second-generation Mexican American that hails all the way from Houston, Texas. Their life experiences in dealing with immigration justice, queer issues, transportation/urbanism, as well as financial and environmental justice informs Jude’s activism and line of work today. In addition to working at Seeding Justice, Jude serves on the advisory board of Comunidades, a Latine-led organization in the Columbia River Gorge that amplifies voices in service of social and environmental justice in the Pacific Northwest. They also serve on the Multnomah County Charter Review Committee, which the County convenes every six years to review and recommend amendments to the Multnomah  Charter, the county’s constitution.

When not working, Jude likes to roller skate, play video games, and dabble in the arts. They live in SE Portland with their partner, cat, dog, and many, many plants.

They joined Seeding Justice in 2019.

Violeta Rubiani poses with a silly face wearing an oxford shirt underneath a black sweater in front of a bright mural of a tiger in Southeast Portland.

Violeta Rubiani | Director of Programs

Pronouns: She / Her / Ella

Violeta Rubiani | Director of Programs

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A proud immigrant from Paraguay, Violeta brings more than 15 years’ experience improving access to opportunities, services and programs for excluded communities through her work in public service. A passionate advocate for social justice both in the U.S. and Paraguay, Violeta worked in various fields before joining Seeding Justice—philanthropy, labor rights, community economic development, financial education, and state government.

Outside of work, she is a member of the Metro Parks & Nature Equity Advisory Committee and serves on the board at Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.

Violeta lives in Portland with her partner and their cat, Lola. She spends all her free time studying languages she’ll never speak, growing food in her community veggie plot, and designing (and re-designing and re-designing) her backyard garden.

She joined the crew in February 2019.

Ramon stands wearing a blue checkered shirt under a navy blazer.

Ramón Valdez | Director of Strategic Initiatives

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Ramón Valdez | Director of Strategic Initiatives

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Ramón Valdez grew up in Los Angeles in a mixed-status family from Mexico and El Salvador. He is an advocate, communicator, and full-stack developer who is passionate about community self-determination, storytelling, and closing the digital divide. 

Prior to joining Seeding Justice, Ramón worked as Director of Strategic Initiatives at Innovation Law Lab and as a freelancer on a range of nonprofit and business needs; including project management, front-end software development, and strategic communications. 

Through his work as an immigrant rights advocate, Ramón helped to design, launch, and manage some of the largest and most forward-thinking humanitarian, pro bono legal representation, and disaster relief initiatives along the US-Mexico border, in the Midwest, and Pacific Northwest. 

Outside of work, you can find Ramón listening to and creating music, watching documentaries, and spending time with his wife, dog, and two cats. He is also proud to serve as a board member of the ACLU of Oregon. Ramón started at Seeding Justice in 2022.

Ryan smiles while sitting on a bench in a blue baseball cap and a light blue button down .

Ryan Wight | Business Support Manager

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Ryan Wight | Business Support Manager

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Ryan is a neurodiverse, cisgender, gay white dude; people enthusiast; and recovering colonialist from Boise, Idaho (of all places).

The nonprofit sector has always been an important part of Ryan’s life. After taking a break to finish a degree in piano performance in 2014 – still an active sidenote passion – Ryan entertained the thought of a career in academia before plunging headfirst into nonprofit development. This, among other factors like a global pandemic, led to the opportunity for him to join the staff at Seeding Justice. Ryan is excited to pivot his career, moving from local, youth-focused organizations to supporting justice movements across Oregon.

When not at work, Ryan can be found people watching, writing, reading nonfiction, spending time with friends and family, listening to niche early-20th Century art music, and playing DOS video games. Pray for his most recent endeavor to learn Spanish.

Ryan joined Seeding Justice in 2022.

Dena Zaldua smiles brightly in a regal purple sweater in front of a richly-hued mural in Southeast Portland.

Dena Zaldúa | Development Director & Chief Astrology Officer

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Dena Zaldúa | Development Director & Chief Astrology Officer

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As a bilingual, bisexual, Jewish, Latina daughter of an immigrant, Dena Zaldúa’s passion for social justice is very personal and the driving force behind her 20-year career working in philanthropy and with non-profits and educational institutions. Before joining Seeding Justice, Dena was the Operations Manager for the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon, Development Director at Parenting Now and the Associate Director of Development at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Dena also works as a consultant to help individuals, groups, and organizations check their race, class, gender, and other privileges and learn how to truly walk the talk of equity and justice. Dena is a member of Hispanics in Philanthropy and the Williams College Latinx, and Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Alumni Associations.

Dena lives in Eugene.

She started at Seeding Justice in March 2019.