Our Staff & Leadership

A highly skilled, energetic and committed group of folks keeps The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas humming. Our team represents a fabulously diverse group of thinkers, educators, and engaged citizens who are ready to converse with you...in any number of languages!

Our Staff & Leadership


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Andreas Herbst
Executive Director
Andy was most recently the director of Seattle Goodwill's nonprofit job training and education centers, where he oversaw the centers’ programs for teenagers and adults for several years. He taught high school in his native Germany and all over the world, including in a new secondary school in rural South Sudan, through Dave Eggers' Valentino Achak Deng Foundation. He currently works with the Rwanda School Project for high school students there in addition to taking the helm at BFI.

Louise McKay
Director of Strategic Growth
M. Louise McKay most recently served as the Director of External Relations at Hedgebrook, overseeing the organization’s fundraising, marketing, and communications. She is a former educator, consultant, and coach with a practical and academic background in the literary and performing arts as well as nonprofit management.

David Schmader
Creative Director
David is a writer and performer whose solo plays have been produced in Seattle and across the country. Before coming to BFI, he spent fifteen years working at the Seattle newsweekly The Stranger, where he was a staff writer, editor, and columnist.

Humaira Barlas
Humaira received her MBA in marketing from the University of Hartford, CT and a Bachelors of Commerce from Hailey College of Commerce in Pakistan. Before coming to Fearless Ideas, she worked for the Lupus Foundation for nine years. She can communicate in English, Urdu, Punjabi, and Hindi.

Casey Magee
Operations and Volunteer Manager
Casey recently spent three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine, where he designed, funded and managed programming for a youth organization and advised nongovernmental leaders on the region. He has a master's in nonprofit management from the University of Central Florida and can converse in Russian and Ukrainian.

Ramón Esquivel
Program Manager
Ramón has taught English, history, and drama in Washington DC, New York City, Vancouver BC, and Seattle. He loves to write plays, and has published three: Luna, Nasty, and Nocturnal. Ramón has a BA in History from Yale, MA in Educational Theatre from New York University, and he’s completing an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.

Faith Eakin
Program Manager
Faith earned her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida, after which she spent two years in the U.S. Peace Corps, serving as a Teacher Collaborator and Community Outreach Facilitator in Thailand. She landed in Seattle two years ago and most recently taught 1st and 2nd grade students in Queen Anne. She spends her time teaching kids, meditating, and traveling as often as she can.

Sarah Galvin
Store Coordinator
Sarah is the author of a book of poems, The Three Einsteins (Poor Claudia, 2014) and a book of essays, The Best Party of Our Lives (Sasquatch 2015.) Her poetry and essays can be also found in the Guardian, Vice Magazine, io, New Ohio Review, Pinwheel, and The Stranger. When she's not coordinating the Space Travel Supply Store and writing poetry and essays, she is attending demolition derbies, wrestling in mashed potatoes, firing glitter cannons, inflating plastic pools indoors, and reading as much as humanly possible.

Bryan Wilson
Programs Coordinator
Bryan earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Washington, focusing his research on contemporary African literature and theory. Bryan has traveled extensively in East Africa and currently serves on the board of directors of the Anthill Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to health and education in rural Uganda. As an educator, Bryan has taught ocean science and literacy at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California, and has been a tutor, field trip leader, illustrator, and programming intern at BFI (and the former 826 Seattle). When Bryan is not at the BFI, he is a bookseller at Seattle's University Bookstore and enjoys exploring and writing about nature, from Seattle to the redwood coast of northern California, where he is from.

Ian Bell
Ian received his BA from Bennington College in Vermont and continued his education studying graphic design at the School of Visual Concepts here in Seattle. When he's not designing graphics, Ian is a professional actor and creator of the popular Brown Derby Series at Re-bar, presenting "Ridiculously Staged Reading of Your Favorite Screenplays" since 1999.

Board of Directors

Audra Eng
Board Chair; former Director of Development, IGNITE Worldwide; former Chief Operating Officer of EducationSuperHighway; former Vice President of Product Management for Atlassian

Lindsay Hill
Board Vice Chair; Education Program Officer for the Raikes Foundation; proud mom; former 4th-grade teacher; founding and former Executive Director of Teach For America – Washington

Steve Yentzer
Board Treasurer; Managing Partner, DLA Piper

John Zagula
Board Secretary; Managing Director and Founder of Ignition Capital and Qiming Ventures China; board member Oriental Cambridge Schools, China; former General Manager of Global Campaigns, Microsoft

Pandora Andre-Beatty
Reader, writer, and educator

Libuse Binder
Chief Civic Affairs Officer, WA State Charter Schools Association

Howard Cutler
Former Director and Executive Producer of Interactive Media at WGBH Boston; member and former chair of Plan USA’s Board of Directors

Michael Dix
CEO and Co-Founder of Intentional Futures, an innovation studio; board member of Charity Navigator; former General Manager at Microsoft

Terese Emry
Associate Superintendent, Kindergarten to Postsecondary Programs, Puget Sound Educational Service District

Dave Roberts
Former CEO of PopCap (sold to Electronic Arts); CEO and founder of Diamar (sold to Getty Images); Advisory Board member for SeaDoc Society and the UW's Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.

Nelle Steel
Exploratory researcher for new product development; Greenwood denizen

Youth Advisory Board

Our Youth Advisory Board is a group of motivated high school students providing The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas a student’s perspective on programs while also serving as mentors and role models for other students. We are proud of our diverse, committed group of youth who advise us on programming, do outreach in their schools, represent Fearless Ideas in the community and act as an editorial board for our publications. And, we often do all of this while enjoying a slice (or two) of pizza.

Students who participate as active members of the Youth Advisory Board receive community service credits for their efforts.

Our 2016-2017 YAB:

Mahilet Abraha (10th grade, Shorewood)
Hana Bezabeh (10th grade, Shorecrest)
Brook Geleta (11th grade, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences)
Gabriel Honeycutt (12th grade, Nathan Hale)
Anastasia Konugres (10th grade, Ballard) 
Laura Malatos (12th grade, Lakeside) 
Lucia Minahan (12th grade, Ingraham) 
Leeah Michael (9th grade, Lakeside)
Leily Tesfaye (10th grade, Holy Names) 
Mimi Zekaryas (9th grade, University Prep)