Seattle Neighborhood Group Staff

Linda Spain Linda Spain, Executive Director
Linda Spain focuses on organizational systems, marketing, and fund development.  She organizes and facilitates SNG’s Landlord/Property Manager Workshops.  A native Seattleite, Linda’s diverse professional non-profit experience encompasses over 25 years of dedication to the community, including serving on various non-profit boards.

Tari Nelson-Zagar, MLIS, Associate Director
Tari brings a background in mediation & facilitation, community organizing, and information science to help SNG develop agency systems, handle information, and develop both emerging and existing projects.

Michael NeguseMichael Neguse, Southeast & East African Program Coordinator
Michael Neguse provides crime prevention and outreach services to Seattle’s African immigrant communities. He works in partnership with SPD to reach out to East African immigrants to provide information about crime prevention to parents and youth. He also recruits residents to participate in SPD's East African Advisory Council. Michael speaks many languages including Amharic, Tigrinya, Somali, and Arabic.

Barb Biondo, Senior Project Coordinator
Barb works on organizational development, performance and evaluation, and innovative non-arrest interventions at crime "hotspots". She brings 15-years experience facilitating collaborative community safety projects in Central, SE and SW Seattle, and expertise in crime-free rental property management practices. Barb recently graduated with an MPA degree from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington.

Gina Lee, Project Coordinator
Gina has a background rich in community building. As a San Francisco native, she grew up in a socially and economically mixed community and understands how important it is to empower individuals with a voice, resources, and a sense of belonging. She received a B.A. in Environmental Studies and also in Psychology, and has a certificate in Nonprofit Management. Gina is passionate about community collaborations and urban design, which led her to working as a CPTED practitioner at SNG.

Jake Hellenkamp, Project Coordinator
Jake is the tallest staff member at SNG. He earned a BS in Psychology from Washington State University and an MSW in Social Work from the University of Washington. He spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria, where he also became the first American soccer player in history to score a goal in the Bulgarian professional league. He is an experienced worker in diverse communities throughout the City of Seattle. He plans community dance parties around Seattle and is learning how to garden in his free time.

Sarah Garcia, Office & Project Assistant
After growing up in Upstate New York, Sarah made her way to Seattle in 2010. When not working the front desk at SNG, she spends part of her time working with another local nonprofit called the Tibetan Nuns Project. She finds her self outside climbing, surfing and enjoying the green scene when Friday rolls around.

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