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February 2022 Newsletter


If you’ve been debating, now’s the time to act. Take the first step into becoming an RVC Community Impact Fellow. This cohort will be our best yet – and we’re rooting for you to become a part of it.

 ✨ Applications for the Community Impact Fellowship are due TONIGHT✨


In 2019, RVC and Got Green launched the Green Pathways Fellowship Program which aimed to create living-wage and entry-level positions in the environmental sector. We implemented a pilot fellowship through a pandemic, placed 10 Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) leaders in environmental organizations, administered over 175 hours of training + coaching, and facilitated a space for community building. In August 2021, we graduated our first and only cohort of fellows from this program!

RVC made a big decision to close the Green Pathways Fellowship program (GP) with this cohort. Pilot programs that fail in the first year of implementation are very common! The Green Pathways Fellowship Program had successes and failures. GP reinforced our belief that diversity can not be the only strategy to make meaningful change in the environmental sector….

Continue reading the post on our Changemakers Blog for our lessons learned and the biggest takeaways.


The days may be a little dreary, but we decided to ask our staff, “What do you do to brighten up your day?” 

Mandie (she/her) enjoys taking advantage of the Seattle scenery and hiking, Amanda (she/her) went plant shopping, and Hana (she/her) took Oscar Isaac adventuring (cat-venturing?).

Whether you’re taking advantage of the outdoors or bringing some of the outdoors in, tag us (@RVCorg) in your social posts to let us know how you’re brightening up your day!



💖 Is there something new that your team has been working on that you’d like folks in the community to know about? 

We have been working at what the future of Somos looks like and what the Board needs to make this possible with sustainable growth. While ensuring that we lead with the needs of the LGBTQIA+ Latinx community at the forefront of our work.

💖 Is there something new and exciting (in general) that you’d like for us to highlight?

We have just wrapped up our search for new Somos board members as we grow to help support the needs of the group. We have moved forward with 3 amazing individuals! We are excited that with the additional support we have a team that can continue our journey.

  • Jesse Guecha (He/Him) – Jesse was born in Muisca territory, what dominating culture calls Colombia, South America. He has mixed Muisca and colonizer ancestry and grew up on Coast Salish territory, in a small town 3 hours from Seattle. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University Washington in 2002 and has continued to live in Dxʷdəwʔabš (Duwamish) territory, also known as the greater Seattle area, since then. Jesse currently works for QLaw Foundation of Washington as a Paralegal and Legal Services Manager. He identifies as Indigenous, Latinx, immigrant, Two Spirit, transmasculine, and as a father to his two children. 
  • Temo Madrigal-Sanchez (He/Him) – Artemio “Temo” Madrigal-Sanchez is a first generation Mexican-American of two hard working migrant seasonal farm working parents from the state of Michoacan, Mexico. Temo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Heritage University and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. He has extensive experience in organizational development, professional & personal development, team dynamics training, and human resources. He is a proud Gay father of three wonderful children ages 18, 14, and 11. He, his partner, and his children enjoy travelling all over the world, love to read, co-op gaming, watch/read anything anime, any place with a beach or pool and the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich cultures that different countries have to offer. Temo’s professional and personal core purpose is “to inspire people to thrive”. 
  • Dallas Martinez (They/He) – Dallas Martinez is a Mexican-American/Indigenous trans-masc queer. Their pronouns are they and he. He is currently an attorney with Pride Law, PLLC, a law practice in Seattle. They are a lifelong activist and volunteer. They moved to Seattle in 2017, living in Phoenix, Denver, and Dallas prior. The Pacific Northwest has long been on Dallas’ list of places to live. They love the green environment, proximity to mountains, and access to the water. When he is not in a courtroom or organizing with community, he is often found on a trail, in the gym, or camping. Dallas also enjoys hunting for locally owned restaurants and breweries, dancing, and finding local artists to support

💖 Things you’d like the general public to be aware of? That Somos is here and excited to continue supporting community and growing on our journey. 

You can follow Somos Seattle on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.


💖 The Good Foot Arts Collective was a 2021 Grant Award Recipient of Impact 100 Seattle. Their mission is to provide youth violence prevention through arts education. Watch the video below for more about them.

You can follow The Good Foot Arts Collective on Instagram and Facebook.


RVC is hiring for Capacity Building Lead and Communications & Graphic Design Manager

Washington Nonprofits is hiring for a Program Coordinator and a Communications Coordinator.

The Prosperity Agenda is hiring for an Operations Specialist.

Seattle Parks Foundation is searching for a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Consultant

Have a job posting or opportunity that you’d like us to feature in our next newsletter? Please email the details to [email protected]


Did you miss the January Newsletter? Check it out.

Support our Black-led Partner Organizations

RVC Redesigned: Our New Organizational Chart, written by Ananda Valenzuela

Sabbaticals for BIPOC Leaders: Capacity Building, Healing, Renewal –  This paper is a tool to inspire individual, organizational, and policy decisions that center rest and holistic wellness. “Rest is not work’s adversary, rest is work’s partner.” – Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, author of Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less. 

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