But please, you can just call me Nas.
I was born on the Hilltop of Tacoma and raised in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle.
Heavily influenced by community work during my youth, I live by the motto "treat others with the respect you wish to receive".
This mindset has served me well navigating the"-isms" of corporate America.
In 2016 I became a partner at Black & Tan Hall llc. a values-driven cultural space sustaining a thriving and equitable economy through arts and cultural programming in Hillman City, Seattle.
In 2017, I invested in myself and launched my first business Pacific Empire LLC. where I provide consulting services with the sole purpose of generating economic wealth in the Black community through business ownership.
During that time I also began my college journey at Seattle Central College working towards an AA with an emphasis on Social Justice and Equity. I look forward to pursuing my Bachelor's in Music Education with a vocal emphasis at the UW School of Music in 2021.
Currently, I am the Interim Executive Director of the Harriet Tubman Foundation for Safe Passage. My family founded this non profit after recognizing a need for energetic, non profit work in our region. Our first efforts as an organization have been focused in mobilizing Black leadership at Capitol Hill's Organized Protest here in Seattle.
Partner with local entrepreneurs and organizations to create high quality experiences and successful businesses.
Through these partnerships, create space for and celebrate the displaced and under-represented communities of color in Seattle.
To create opportunities for said communities to control, manage and own space in a city that has rapidly gentrified.
To honor our elders and ancestors by continuing to build on the foundation they laid for us.
Save the world with peace, respect and love.