Got Green is a grassroots group in the Seattle area led by young adults and people of color that promotes the movement for an equitable, green economy as the best way to fight poverty and global warming at the same time. Founded in 2008, Got Green has quickly established itself as an authentic voice from communities of color on economic, racial and gender justice issues within the framework of this new, green economy.
Got Green works to ensure that low-income people and communities of color in Seattle/King County can gain equal access to and reap the benefits promised by the green movement and the green economy – green jobs, access to healthy food, energy efficient and healthy homes, and quality public transportation. We do this by cultivating leaders of all ages to educate, advocate, organize and build coalitions.
Got Green is fiscally sponsored by the White Center Community Development Association.
Michael is well-known in Seattle for building partnerships and mobilizing communities. He brings a strong belief in giving voice to workers and a history of community organizing that dates back to the early 1970’s when he helped racially integrate Seattle’s building and construction trades. Michael realized that Green Jobs was an area poised for growth, so he brought together the first group of young people to study the issue in Seattle/King County. “What started as an exploratory research group became an advocacy and organizing group with the goal of ensuring that low-income communities will fully participate in opportunities that the Green Economy creates… I tell our Got Greeners that the only way we’re going to fail is if we let ourselves down – and that’s not going to happen!”
Tammy Nguyen, Women in the Green Economy Project Organizer
Tammy is a community activist who joined Got Green as one of its first members in 2008. Since then she has been working to put women of color, low income and immigrant women’s voices front and center in the green economy. Tammy is a 25 year old single parent of two children (Lilly, 10 and Alan, 6) from an immigrant family living in New Holly, where she is a neighborhood leader. She is also involved in her kids’ education as a parent leader for Seattle Public Schools.
Kristyn is a community organizer at heart who has worked “behind the scenes” to promote the leadership of young people, women of color, workers and low income communities since 1988. She’s especially proud of managing King County Councilmember Larry Gossett’s first campaign; helping take the Seattle Young People’s Project from start-up to established group, still strong after 20 years; and working at LELO alongside Michael Woo for nearly a decade on campaigns that won jobs and benefits for local communities while at the same time forging connections between ordinary workers and women activists across the globe. In her spare time she grows food, volunteers at Beacon Hill International Elementary School and plays on an over-40 women’s soccer team.
Jill Mangaliman, Lead Organizer
Jill is a queer Fil-Am community organizer from Seattle and prefers gender neutral pronouns. Their parents left the Philippines in the 1970′s due to unjust economic conditions only to struggle just as hard in the US. Thanks to Federal Pell Grants, Jill graduated from the UW as a student of Human Geography. For 6 years they organized in local and national campaigns involving health care equity, immigrant rights and protecting social services. In 2009 they joined Got Green, finding a place that allowed them to step into leadership for the first time – going from volunteer to founding board member. They were also instrumental in the formation and strategy of the Food Access Team. Jill is a proud member of Pin@y sa Seattle and the Social Justice Fund, and writes for the Seattle Globalist. In their spare time, they enjoy singing karaoke and making things.
Mo was a youth organizer who started her social justice journey at the age of 12, volunteering with an advocacy organization that worked on issues of reproductive justice. Mo has been engaging in community organizing and activism for 18 years. She believes in the power of prioritizing social justice work and improving relationship skills to create a more equitable world. Prior to joining Got Green she spent 2 1/2 years in the manufacturing sector and hopes that her experiences there and her work in this position will combine like a social justice transformer – enabling herself and others to imagine and create fulfilling and fair jobs. Outside of work she is in a Seattle dance punk band, My Parade, and is training to be a yoga instructor.