Meet the
Seeding Justice team

Meet our staff

We are only as strong as the diverse voices we represent. Our staff is entirely non-male, and embodies a wide range of identities: We’re trans and cis, queer, straight, and bisexual. We’re Indigenous, Latinx, Asian and Asian American. 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.

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 Northeast Portland with more plants and kitchen equipment than she should; she started at Seeding Justice in 2021.

Wendy Cluse | Data Specialist

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Wendy Cluse | Data Specialist

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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-Se-ah-dom Edmo | Executive Director

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 | 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 | Grants Manager, Lilla Jewel Awards Manager

Jude Perez | Grants Manager, Lilla Jewel Awards Manager

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Jude Perez | Grants Manager, Lilla Jewel Awards Manager

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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. Prior to joining the Seeding Justice team, Jude was part of the Community Cycling Center’s development team where they found joy in fundraising and data management. Currently, they are on the advisory board of Comunidades, a group working with Latine communities to change infrastructures and empower people by promoting civic engagement in environmental and social justice issues in the Gorge. At Seeding Justice, Jude manages our grants and coordinates the Lilla Jewel Awards.

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, Director of Programs, wearing a striped shirt and grey cardigan standing in front of a light blue background.

Violeta Rubiani | Director of Programs

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Violeta Rubiani | Director of Programs

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A proud immigrant, Violeta brings more than 15 years’ experience improving access to opportunities, services and programs for marginalized communities through her work in the government, social enterprise and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining Seeding Justice she worked in philanthropy, labor rights, community economic development and financial education, and the government sector. A passionate advocate for social and environmental justice both in the U.S. and her native Paraguay, she serves as Board Chair of the ReBuilding Center, is a member of the Metro Parks & Nature Equity Advisory Committee, and a board member at Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.

Violeta lives in SE Portland with her partner and their cat, Lola. She spends her free time growing food in her community garden plot.

She joined the crew in February 2019.

Dena Zaldúa | Development Director

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Dena Zaldúa | Development Director

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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 with her son and their dog, Dobby.

She started at Seeding Justice in March 2019.