Maria is a Spokane Tribal member working in the Economic Development Department of the Spokane Tribe of Indians as Planning Manager, TERO Commissioner, & Spokane Tribal Board member. She lives in the Wellpinit, leading community projects there & fostering a local sustainable exonomy. She is also a Fellow in the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) program. Maria loves rooting for her 5 wonderful kids at sporting events and enjoys numerous fruits of the seasons, but has never turned down a deliciously grilled asparagus.
Brad joined Craft3 in January 2015 and is a Business Lender delivering capital to start and grow businesses and nonprofits in Eastern Washington. Prior to joining Craft3, Brad worked in commercial banking for 10 years in various roles with regional banks. Brad received his degree in Business Administration from the University of Montana. A personal hero of Brad’s is Joe Strummer, for making rebellious, experimental music with a powerful social message. And of any fruit, he enjoys blueberries the most, with asparagus as his favorite vegetable.
Mariah is the Founder and Executive Director of SIMBA. She has 12 years of cumulative experience in program development, fundraising, communication, marketing, government relations & leadership development. After serving as community organizer for a statewide advocacy group fighting for racial and economic justice, she worked in public health promoting active transportation education campaigns. She is building Spokane’s first cohousing community in the Perry District and loves rare winter-ripening fruits such as quince and medlar. Sweet potatoes are her favorite vegetable.
Kara is an advocate and consultant whose core mission is to promote responsible business strategies within the Inland Northwest. She has worked in the private sector for over 15 years with multinational, national and local organizations across multiple industries including aviation, retail, hospitality and real estate. She has held management, marketing communications, and project management roles where she managed large scale projects and teams. Currently, Kara is the owner of Odegard Consulting in Spokane, where her focus is on educating business owners on sustainable business practices and developing social impact programs that align with company objectives. Keen to help businesses meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, Kara works to promote B Corp certification to Spokane area businesses. Her favorite fruit is watermelon and her favorite vegetable is fennel.
Jason has lived in Spokane for 25 years with his wife, Sandee. They have a son in his 4th year at WSU, another in 4th grade (surprise!), and an Olde English Bulldog. Jason helped create The Shop, Black Coffee Recording, The Scoop, & Brain Freeze Creamery – all of which were instrumental in revitalizing the S. Perry District. He is the current Director of Random Task for Cheney Owl Pharmacies. Jason loves all kinds of creative nonsense and won’t choose a favorite between bananas & strawberries. But broccoli is his clear choice of veggie. Except for zucchinis.
Joel grew up in his family’s rose-growing green house near Spokane. He studied theater lighting design at EWU, and toured with theater companies in LA. He earned his MBA in Sustainable Systems from Bainbridge Graduate Institute at Pinchot University with an emphasis on Finance & Entrepreneurship. He now acts as LINC Foods’ Master Malter. Joel enjoys quality time with his wife, Lauren, & dog, Stanley, and loves homebrewing & the magic of fermentation. His favorite fruit is any variety of heirloom apples, with raw & fermented carrots his favorite veggie.