Day One Plenary Speakers
Andrea Caupain (Moderator) has worked passionately for 20 years to make a positive impact on issues of racial and social equity. As Byrd Barr Place’s chief executive officer since 2008, she has built a strong foundation for future growth by effectively leading the organization through critical change and innovation. She is currently engaging in the complex work of building more equitable, vibrant local economies. Through her work with Byrd Barr Place, she is supporting new approaches to services that benefit low-income people and small businesses in our region. Putting people, equity, and communities of color at the center of a movement to advance intergenerational well-being in Washington state. Andrea brings a strong sense of leadership and vision to Byrd Barr Place, an agency with a long legacy serving the community and providing lifeline services to the poor. Prior to Byrd Barr Place, she worked for four years for the Washington State Governor’s Commission on African-American Affairs, providing analysis and development on strategic legislative projects. Her work has also involved legislative work for the Washington State House of Representatives. She has an MPA and a bachelor’s degree from Evergreen State College.
Laura Armstrong: Originally from the east coast, I moved to Yakima in 2010 to work with a nonprofit building affordable housing for farm-working families. After two years, I returned to the east coast, only to return to Yakima again two years later to join La Casa Hogar. La Casa partners with immigrant families and farm workers throughout the region through offering education & connection. At La Casa, we pursue transparency, openness, holistic listening, and value collective care & celebration as two of our most powerful tools to sustainably combat oppression & pursue our mission. In my work, I strive to leverage my own privilege to better support families seeking to thrive while pushing for more equitable systems. Personally, I love running, hiking, backpacking, painting, gardening and Yakima.
Alan Durning is the Executive Director and founder of Sightline Institute, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018. Sightline Institute is an independent, nonprofit think tank focused on making the Pacific Northwest a model of global sustainability. Alan’s current topics of focus include carbon pricing, housing affordability, and democracy reform. He has also written in recent years about parking, Making Sustainability Legal, car-free living, bike-friendliness, electric bikes, and climate fairness.
Rosalinda Guillen is a widely recognized farm worker, rural justice leader and serves as the Executive Director of Community to Community Development (C2C), a women-led organization dedicated to food sovereignty and immigrant rights. The oldest of eight, she was born in Texas and spent her first decade in Coahuila, Mexico. Her family emigrated to LaConner, Washington in 1960 and she began working as a farmworker in the fields in Skagit County at the age of ten. Guillen has worked within the labor movement with Caesar Chavez’s United Farm Workers of America and has represented farmworkers in ongoing dialogues of immigration issues, labor rights, trade agreements, and strengthening the food sovereignty movement. As Executive Director of C2C, Rosalinda is dedicated to building a broader base of support for rural communities and sustainable agriculture policies that ensure equity and healthy communities for farmworkers.
Nicole Macri was elected to the Washington House of Representatives in 2016, and represents the 43rd legislative district in Seattle, WA. She serves as vice chair of the Healthcare and Wellness Committee and is a member of the Appropriations and Finance Committees. She is also a member of the Washington State LGBTQ Caucus. Outside the Legislature, Nicole is the Deputy Director for the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) in Seattle, where she has worked since 2002. Nicole has more than 20 years of experience championing progressive causes on issues around affordable housing, homelessness, human services, and mental health. She has been at the forefront of the Housing First movement nationally and is a recognized leader in practical and effective strategies that end the homelessness of people living with serious disabilities. Nicole holds Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University and an MPA from the University of Washington, and completed a Certificate in Executive Leadership at Seattle University’s Albers School of Business.