GOT GREEN TEAM INTERVIEW #1: TANIKA THOMPSON

Tanika Thompson helps lead the South Seattle Jobs Committee.

Tanika Thompson helps lead the South Seattle Jobs Committee.


“Being a part of creating opportunity for people of color, low income families and women gives me a chance to help individuals like myself…”

Got Green: How did you get involved?
Tanika Thompson: Michael Woo asked me to join the Jobs Committee and help to plan the Campaign Launch for Targeted Local Hire. When he told me about the campaign, I knew that I had to get involved. I had recently completed a 9 month course at Seattle Vocational Institute and graduated with a 3.8 GPA, and was seeking employment. I hadn’t even been called in for an interview after applying for over a year. I was skilled and trained to do a job that no one would give me the chance to do, and understood the benefits of Targeted Local Hire would bring to others like me, just in another line of work.

GG: What motivates you?
TT: Being a part of creating opportunity for people of color, low income families, and women gives me a chance to help individuals like myself.  I love to be a part of movement, a group of people who have the courage to fight for change. The willingness of others to stand for fairness motivates me in my efforts.