Young Professionals Board

Imagine Housing is looking for passionate, diverse and engaged individuals to join our Young Professionals Board. Imagine Housing’s mission is to develop affordable housing, build welcoming communities, and foster vibrant futures.

The Imagine Housing Young Professionals Board (YPB) is comprised of like-minded individuals in their 20s and 30s that are passionate about advocacy and promoting economic equality through affordable housing in the Eastside community. The YPB supports Imagine Housing’s mission through advocacy activities, volunteer projects and fundraising.

We are excited to reenvision the priorities and opportunities of the Young Professionals Board, so are seeking individuals who are ready to help us build an effective and sustainable future.

Individuals will be responsible for:

  • Serving as an ambassador of Imagine Housing in their communities
  • Providing constructive feedback on the strategic priorities, opportunities, and challenges of the board
  • Participating in planning and attending advocacy activities and volunteer opportunities
  • Participating in planning and attending Fundraising Events and activities
  • Developing collaborative partnerships with the Governing Board and Sub-Committees

Board positions are considered served after 1 year, but are open to unlimited number of terms.

Ideal candidates will be located in King County. Special considerations can be made for those who wish to participate virtually.

Contact Aubrey White, aubreyw@imaginehousing.org to learn more.

Current Board Members

Emily Cooper
YPB Member since 2021

Emily has Corporate Strategy experience in both Real Estate and Financial Industries and moved to Seattle from London last year. The move to Seattle, in conjunction with the global pandemic, really made her recognize the value and importance of a strong local community. Emily is excited for the opportunity to work with Imagine Housing, using her experience in real estate and utilizing her strengths in problem solving and strategic planning, to help the organization develop a friendly and welcoming local community where all residents can thrive. Outside of the office Emily has a passion for hiking, cycling and traveling. Having grown up in London, Emily is enjoying the amazing mountain scenery here in Washington, spending most weekends hiking or skiing!

Bridgett Davis
YPB Member since 2019

Bridgett has had a diverse life experience being born in Seattle, growing up in Montana, studying Fashion Merchandising at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, followed by 6 years in Los Angeles, before coming full circle moving back to the Seattle area in 2018. She has a passion for nerd culture, animals, and the outdoors. She is often found in the mountains hiking, camping and skiing with her husband and dog, Lando. If not caught by the name of her dog, she has a strong love for Star Wars. She has a passion for promoting positive change in our communities and is excited for the opportunity to partner with Imagine Housing, utilizing her strengths in budget planning and creativity, to drive new opportunities to spread the mission and message of the organization.

Jose Delapena
YPB Member since 2020
EDI & B Committee Liaison

Jose is a lifelong Seattleite having grown up in Rainier Beach neighborhood of south Seattle. He is aware of the massive amounts of change that is currently in our neighborhoods. Understanding the role that low-income individuals have in influencing the culture of these neighborhoods, it is important that there is equity in attaining residency. Unfortunately, economic inequality is a problem seen in the Eastside particularly among people of color. He joined the YPB because believes that residency in the Eastside should not be strictly dictated by the amount of wealth a family has. He believes there must be fair opportunities for low-income families to obtain residency in the Eastside. Jose is currently the Financial Controller for the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle. ULMS is a local non-profit empowering communities of color to thrive by providing economic, educational and employment support services.

Drew Fagerness
YPB Member Since 2021

Drew currently works at Columbia Bank as a Commercial Credit Analyst where he monitors a portfolio of commercial clients and facilitates approval for commercial lending to a variety of industries, including but not limited to: Tribal Gaming, Tribal Economic Development, Commercial Contractors, Commercial Fishing, Corporate Consulting, IT Consulting and Alternative Mortgage Lending. Prior to joining Columbia Bank, Drew attended Pacific University Oregon where he earned a finance degree and served as the President and Co-Portfolio Manager for the Sustainable Investments Club, a student-led investment fund that targeted investment strategies with ESG (environmental, social and governance) initiatives to drive a more inclusive and eco-friendly investment strategy for the University. In his spare time, Drew enjoys golfing, playing slow-pitch softball, snowboarding and sharing laughs with friends and family. Drew was born and raised in the Puget Sound area and shares the passion of inclusivity in affordable housing. He hopes to contribute to a more accessible community environment for the East Side for generations to come.

Larissa Kolasinski
YPB Member since 2020

Larissa is an aspiring medical student with a background in Biology, Economics, and Finance. She recently graduated from Gonzaga University with her Master’s of Business Administration. She is a true PNW native, being born and still residing on the Eastside. Volunteerism and community involvement have been driving forces in her growth. From serving on youth boards as a young age in her neighborhood community association to now actively publishing in their award – winning monthly newspaper, community engagement is how Larissa connects and calls a place home. She hopes that everyone can find their place within community living and is ecstatic about Imagine Housing’s mission contributing to an individual’s future potential. Larissa can also commonly be found running marathons, hiking, and adventuring in all that the Greater Seattle area has to offer.

Mo Pannier
YPB Member since 2021

Mo (she/her) is the Leadership Development Coordinator at The Washington Bus, where she helps to make politics and community organizing accessible to young people. She started her advocacy journey in Denver, Colorado, where she grew up, before moving to Washington state in 2019. Mo is very excited to bring her passion for intersectional youth activism to the YPB, and to support affordable housing efforts to make real change. In her personal life, Mo loves to fervently care for her many house plants, play wholesome video games, make oddly specific playlists, and pet cats.

Emma Scalzo
YPB Member since 2021
Advocacy Lead

Emma Scalzo (She/Hers) is the Communications & Outreach Manager at the Housing Development Consortium, which advocates alongside Imagine to increase the production of affordable housing in King County through favorable public policy, increased resources, greater sector efficiency, and broad alliances committed to social equity. Emma began her work in the housing policy realm at the State House of Representatives assisting in non-partisan policy research for both the Housing and Public Safety Committees. Emma enters the YPB board excited to explore ways to connect with fellow YIMBYs and make real social change for generations to come! Aside from the professional realm, Emma loves hiking and making friends to watch terrible movies with her.

Justin Senzer
YPB Member since 2021

Justin currently works at Amazon as a Transaction Associate where he coordinates industrial property acquisition and development across North America. Prior to Amazon, Justin was at JetBlue Airways, where he worked on the development of a new international terminal at JFK Airport. Justin also worked for Biederman Redevelopment Ventures, where he consulted private and public sector clients on the construction and operation of parks and public spaces. Justin enjoys going to concerts and aircraft spotting. Having grown up in New York and completing college in Wisconsin, Justin is excited to join the YPB and explore Washington.

Cassandra Solmonsen
YPB Member Since 2021

Cassandra was born and raised in rural Washington state. She has always had a passion for community service, from spearheading her high school’s holiday food and gift drive to currently working in non-profit fundraising, focusing on community centric fundraising practices. She truly believes everyone can make the world a better place, even with one single action. Cassandra oversees the Leadership Giving program at Neighborcare Health, an FQHC with 29 clinics in the Seattle area. Cassandra’s background is in politics and donor relations. She has both a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Arts in Political Science with her graduate work focusing on analyzing federally funded housing for people experiencing homelessness and its success across different sub-populations. In her spare time Cassandra enjoys attending concerts, paddle boarding when it’s not too cold, cooking and hosting dinner parties for friends and volunteering with other organizations that work to meet the basic needs of our community members.

Keith Tallon
YPB Chair
YPB Member Since 2021

Keith is an East Coast transplant who first made his way to Redmond to pursue a career in game development at DigiPen Institute of Technology. There, he went from being an occasional volunteer to becoming a central figure and eventually president of their student government, implementing structural changes to serve the interests of students. After graduation, he began his career in production and project management, moving between Vancouver, BC, Dallas, TX, and Upstate NY before returning to the Seattle area to make the leap into product management in 2017. Today, Keith is a Senior Product Manager at a social casino company. Incidentally, he’s been feeling a growing need to contribute something definitively positive to society. He is delighted to have found the opportunity to join this board. In his spare time, Keith enjoys cooking, hiking, canoeing, indoor bouldering, occasional backpacking trips, and (of course) video games.