Meet the Staff
The Capitol Hill EcoDistrict aspires to be a trusted, effective advocate and partner in community development, both within and beyond Capitol Hill. As urban planners and community organizers, we test innovative solutions, advocate for policy changes, and share learning across a range of issues and projects.
Executive Director of the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict & Executive Vice President of Community Development at Community Roots Housing
Donna Moodie, owner of Marjorie restaurant, brings years of engagement with both the Capitol Hill and Central District business communities to the EcoDistrict. Donna has been on several mayor-appointed commissions and councils, she was a founding board member of the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation, and she chaired the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas Board. As a consultant, Donna has advised food business startups and architects on diversity and inclusion. Born in Jamaica, raised in Chicago, and now a resident of Seattle for over 20 years, Donna is well acquainted with the interconnectedness of social justice, community building, and neighborhood activism.
EcoDistrict Deputy Director
Erin joined the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict after holding posts in several nonprofit organizations and NGOs that focused on community-based solutions for issues related to immigration, education, post-conflict rebuilding, and the environment. Before working with the EcoDistrict and Community Roots Housing, Erin spent five years serving as the Executive Director of Old Growth Northwest, a volunteer arts organization that provided creative writing opportunities to underrepresented groups. She also trained as a restorative justice facilitator with the Seattle Restorative Justice Initiative. Erin holds a BA in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as an MA in International Affairs from the Fletcher School and an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.
EcoDistrict Program Manager
James joined the EcoDistrict in 2022. He formerly served as the Corporate Giving & Events Manager at Puget Soundkeeper and the Program Coordinator for the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and Washington CoastSavers. James coordinated the many private and public partners to organize and fundraise for remote Pacific Ocean cleanups on tribal, federal, and State Park beaches. Previously, James spent his time organizing environmental stewardship programs at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, and Seattle Housing Authority. He has earned a Masters of Marine Affairs from the University of Washington and a BS in Natural Resource Management and Administration from the Ohio State University. He enjoys cycling all over Seattle, mental health advocacy, playing on Capitol Hill’s queer soccer league, and surfing along the Olympic Coast.
EcoDistrict Community Development Coordinator
Brooke joined the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict in 2021. Brooke is a Seattle Central District native whose interest in land use and urban planning was sparked by living in the heart of a major city. She graduated from Chapman University with a BS in Environmental Science and Policy and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Infrastructure Planning and Management at the University of Washington. To keep engaged with community involvement and activism, she serves as a board member for the YMCA Social Impact Center. Her passions include green infrastructure, environmental equity, as well as inclusive and affordable sustainability practices. Brooke hopes to continue advocating for her neighbors and community members in the Capitol Hill area.
Vesta joined Capitol Hill EcoDistrict in 2022. Her passion for environmental and social justice has brought her to Capitol Hill from Southern California. She graduated from Queen's University with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science. Vesta hopes to help create a more just, equitable, and green society for current and future generations to come. She believes that the best way to create change is through grassroot initiatives that ensure all voices are being heard.