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Board of Directors

Kifaya Dawud

(She/Her/Hers)

CHAIR

BIO

Kifaya has more than 12 years of experience in sales, aviation, marketing, international relations, and fundraising. She has managed high profile media campaigns for top tier airlines covering regions including the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia. She was recognized with the Service Excellence Award for efficient program plans of the historic Summit of Americas with over 200+ executives and White House Officials in attendance. Currently she is transforming higher education fundraising with new and improved analytics-based strategies in fundraising and building a diverse pool of donors.

Kifaya calls Washington her second home. Like many East Africans she grew up in the Central District of Seattle navigating new cultures and obstacles. A champion of youth progress, she has expressed her passion as a tutor at the Yesler Community Center and South Seattle Community College. She believes in giving youth platforms to shine and strong and bold leadership in accomplishing that. The work to transform Urban ArtWorks to become a diverse and progressive organization with her new village of leaders has been the pride of her work. She looks forward to bold and big dreams for Urban Artworks’ Youth with the new, highly accomplished, and diverse board of directors.

Kifaya has been a global connector since she was a child, embracing the benefits of differing communities and learning more than five languages. The strength of her connection and knowledge to others is the essence of the energy she embraces. She is passionate about travel, food, and culture. On weekends you will find her urban hiking in this beautiful green city with her two kids, fur baby, and husband.

Juanita Clemente

(She/Her/Hers)

VICE CHAIR

BIO

A native of Washington State, Juanita grew up in the Tacoma/Lakewood area and received a B.A. from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She is the Chambers Deputy for The Honorable Richard A. Jones at the United States District Court, Western District of Washington in Seattle. For over two decades, she has been dedicated to public service and a trusted team member of the Court.

Juanita understands firsthand that representation matters and is committed to advancing Urban ArtWorks’ mission in connecting area youth with professional teaching artists to create public art murals throughout the Seattle neighborhoods. Juanita daydreams daily of returning to Paris, is a Mama to two giant cats, played guitar and sang in a pop punk band, enjoys tennis, and is someone you want on your rock trivia team. She loves music, meatballs, coffee, and movies…separately and sometimes together.

Kim “Kimfer” Flanery-Rye

(She/Her/Hers)

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION CHAIR

BIO

With an entrepreneurial spirit, creative mind, and passion for service, Kim is a season professional with 20+ years of experience with a diverse background in art, design, communication, training, digital marketing, brand strategy, executive leadership, and design. She pursues organization development specifically focused on the IDEA: Inclusion = Diversity + Equity+ Accessibility, allows you to build culture from the inside out.

As a past executive, current Adjunct Professor and holder of an MBA in executive leadership, Kim understands that the heart and mind help bring balance to people and business. She is a fierce advocate for the community, spending her time volunteering and donating to bring positive changes and support the organizations around her.

Above all, Kim is someone who absolutely loves a creative mind, an artistic eye, and a wicked sense of style…in whatever form.

Sophia Hernandez

(She/Her/Hers)

TREASURER

BIO

An out-of-the-box finance professional with more than 10 years’ experience creating financial foundations and innovations, Sophia enables companies, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs to soar. She serves as the Director of Finance at Sophia Way and was raised on the Oregon Coast in a tight-knit artist community. There she learned first-hand what public art can do to change and uplift what can often feel like forgotten populations.

Sophia is committed to using whatever privilege she has, both professionally and personally, to create space for the underserved to thrive. Her road has been winding, and because of that, Sophia’s wish for young people in our shared community is to know that yesterday’s labels do not determine tomorrow’s truths.

Aris Nance

(He/Him/His)

BIO

Born and raised in North Carolina, Aris has called Seattle home for 7 years and is a multi-talented, skilled driver in the arena of technology and community advocacy. When he is not coding or working on architecture, you can find him exploring his neighborhood, tinkering with his Arduino, and on the lookout for the next restaurant hot spot.

Christian Olson

(He/Him/His)

BIO

Chris has 20+ years of experience in consulting, digital technology, client engagement, and account management in both the corporate and non-profit fields. He has spent the last 10 years working with digital marketing agencies and consulting companies to deliver a wide variety of services, including brand strategy, marketing campaign ideation and management and operational transformation.

After college and a stint living abroad, he moved back to Seattle in 1993 and was very involved in the burgeoning music community in Seattle in the 1990s. At one point Chris co-founded a PAC that leveraged Seattle’s vibrant music and art community to raise money for progressive candidates, in competitive races nationwide during the 2004 election cycle. That involvement sparked a continuing interest in building community through art and personal expression, and a strong belief in the transformative power of art. That interest led Chris to Urban ArtWorks. He is delighted to join the board and support the organization’s mission.

Passionate about design, architecture, food cultures, and travel, Chris spends his free time walking his dog, hiking, sailing or skiing.

LAUREN ROSS

(She/Her/Hers)

BIO

An East Coast Transplant with a passion for philanthropy and advocacy, Lauren came to Seattle 8 years ago to pursue her Master’s in Public Administration at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. Since then, she has worked with several Seattle non-profits in program and campaign fundraising, advocacy, economic development, and outreach.

As the Deputy Director at the SODO Business Improvement Area she has seen the transformative impact art can have on a neighborhood. Via the SODO Track, wrapped signal boxes, and hidden beautiful murals, art has brought a bright light to the industrial community and has brought so many people together. Lauren is eager to work and engage with diverse communities to bring people together for the greater good around a shared goal.

Angelina Villalobos

(She/Her/Hers)

BIO

With a focus on education and leading by example, Angelina is a muralist and teaching artist in Seattle, working with the community on public art projects and workshops. Her goal is to create safe and beautiful spaces for community members by engaging them in mindful installations. With a love for working with youth she challenges their brilliant minds to think about their roles within the rapid growth of our city. Angelina’s work strives to engage the viewer to be a part of their environment through observation, critique, & participation. She believes that community engagement is vital to successful art planning and that art should be accessible to all.

Barry Johnson

(He/Him/His)

BIO

Barry Johnson is a self-taught interdisciplinary artist whose work explores race, community, and culture. He has held residencies throughout the Puget Sound region, Hawaii, Tulum, and Argentina. Barry recently authored and illustrated a children’s book titled, Oh What Wonderful hair and his work has been shown and collected around the world ranging in mediums and sizes. He has also created multiple permanent works across King and Pierce County.

Barry has also spoken at a TEDx event in Seattle about the power of creating multiple personas to aid you in your career. He has received multiple grants and awards including the Edwin T. Pratt Award, smART Ventures award, the 2018 GAP Award and he was a finalist for the Conductive Garboil Grant in 2018 and he was a finalist for the Neddy in 2020. Barry is currently going to school to be an architect and lives in Federal Way.

Devin Reynolds

(He/Him/His)

BIO

Devin Reynolds works for the Ballard Alliance, the neighborhood’s business improvement district. His role includes running a public art program, producing large-scale community events, creating vibrancy through business attraction and more. In 2018, he was instrumental in the Ballard Alliance’s efforts to create a public art program, which ultimately has resulted in the installation of vinyl artwork on seven SDOT utility boxes, the Western Towboat mural on Market Street, 25 storefront murals during COVID-related temporary business closures and the five-mural Ballard Blossom Project. Through his work with the owners of the Ballard Blossom space, Reynolds spearheaded the creation of a short-term, pop-up incubator space for local small businesses.
Devin has a degree in Community, Environment & Planning from the University of Washington’s Department of Urban Design & Planning. Through that program, he was able to combine his passion for community-building and public arts—fueled, in part, by seeing local art and mural installations around him. These impactful local artworks included Ellen Picken’s Star Sister mural at the Sorrento Hotel and Nathan Watkins’ Sunlight Over First Hill I-5 column murals.
Reynolds is a long-time musician and songwriter, and back in 2006, his band was signed to an indie record-label, recorded an album and toured in 33 states. He grew up in Dallas-Fort Worth and relocated to Seattle with his family in 2010.

Past Board Chairs

Kat Latet

Rebecca Jacobs

Tim Jones

Annie Arnold

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