Meet The Seattle Globalist’s newest board members

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(Clockwise from top left) Paulette Harris, LeiLani Nishime, Shoko Toyama and Alex Stonehill are The Seattle Globalist’s newest board members. (Photos from Seattle Globalist files.)

The Seattle Globalist is excited to welcome four new board members to its leadership this summer: Paulette Harris, LeiLani Nishime, Alex Stonehill and Shoko Toyama.

Paulette Harris is a Certified Public Accountant in Washington, and has 20 years of accounting experience in public and private industry. She currently works at Boeing and prior to that, worked for a local private aerospace company. Paulette earned her MBA from Seattle University, and a B.S. in Accounting from Central Washington University.

She is enthusiastic about bringing her accounting background to The Seattle Globalist along with her interest in dialogue around social, political and cultural topics on a local and global level. She is a firm believer in the importance of responsible media that tells stories about and from the diverse perspectives and experiences of those in our communities.

“It is an exciting opportunity to be able to assist in the realization of the organization’s mission to create a platform for journalists with diverse perspectives and backgrounds,” Harris said. “The stories told through the Globalist are impactful and are a wonderful representation of the growing diversity in our country and within the Seattle area.”

LeiLani Nishime is a Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Washington where she researches and teaches on race, gender, and sexuality in the media. Her main subject areas are mixed race representations, science fiction, technology, and gender. She is an organizing member of the Seattle Asian American Film Festival and a former board member of the Association of Asian American Studies. She has published three books: Undercover Asian: Mixed Race Asian Americans in Visual CultureGlobal Asian American Media, and East Main Street: Asian American Popular Cultures.

“For me, a deeper involvement with The Seattle Globalist is a chance to amplify the voices of people who have been left out of traditional journalism for far too long.” said Nishime. ” … We need to hear the perspective of people of color, immigrants, and others who are frequently the target of discrimination and abuse. Their voices disrupt the dominant narrative that would make us believe that inequality and injustice are simply business as usual.”

Alex Stonehill is Head of Creative Strategy for the UW’s Communication Leadership Master’s Program. He has a background as a visual journalist and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Syria, Ethiopia and Pakistan. He’s been teaching journalism and storytelling at UW and in youth education programs for nearly a decade. He’s also co-founder of The Seattle Globalist and served as Editor-in-Chief from 2012-2016.

“I’m so honored and excited for this new role supporting the Globalist as a board member,” Stonehill said. “Year in and year out, I’ve been amazed at the growth, innovation and hard work of this community, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.”

Shoko Toyama has worked in the philanthropy and development sector for the past eight years. Currently, Shoko is Senior Development & Events Manager at Plymouth Housing Group where she oversees their fundraising events, corporate partnerships and community engagement efforts.

Shoko is a proud graduate of United Way of King County’s Project LEAD Program and is a part of Leadership Tomorrow’s Class of 2018. Shoko received her BA in Finance from Western Washington University. Shoko loves The Seattle Globalist, her dog Peanut, and her fiddle fig tree Fiona.