Lu Hill, Emergent Strategist
Support, Inform, Encourage
Lu is deeply committed to advancing equity and sustainability through workspaces that encourage authentic leadership. Using a holistic approach to transform work culture through transparent processes, objectives, and feedback, Lu believes that the most effective working environment supports personal and professional growth. She has over 14 years of executive-level management experience in philanthropic, corporate, and cannabis organizations.
Lu embraces the transformational power of difficult conversations that include everyone. Lu earned a BA in Psychology from Eastern Washington University and an MBA from University of the People. Lu is excited to co-create a stronger, more equitable local and regional economy through SIMBA, and her favorite vegetable is green beans.
Mariah McKay, Director of Dynamism
Persistent, Creative, Connector
Mariah is the Founder of SIMBA. She has over 15 years of cumulative experience in program development, fundraising, communication, marketing, government relations, and leadership development. After serving as a statewide community organizer advocating for racial and economic justice initiatives, she also worked in public health for several years, promoting active transportation education campaigns.
She is passionate about everything local, and has co-created Haystack Heights, Spokane’s first cohousing community in the Perry District, and is the Community Manager for her housing company Our Natural Homes, LLC. She serves on the board of the University District organization, is a proud member of the Inland Northwest Unitarian Universalist Community and loves rare winter-ripening fruits such as quince and medlar.
Live Local Palouse Organizer
Strategic, Thoughtful, Collaborator
As a sustainable business professional, Jonathan has experience developing campaigns, implementing business development strategies, and cultivating strong partnerships for collective action. Jonathan worked on Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign as the Alaska State Director for Organizing for America. Jonathan spent 6 years in the cannabis and hemp industries, cultivating relationships, developing business opportunities, influencing public policy, and increasing access for underrepresented voices.
Jonathan is excited to get back to the Inland Northwest. When he’s not working, you’ll catch Jonathan throwing darts at a dive bar with the locals, or outside hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, and camping. Jonathan couldn’t decide his favorite vegetable, so he gets two: crispy pan-fried Brussels sprouts with bacon, and proper collard greens with smoked ham hock.
Anna Marie Martin
Small Business Technical Assistance Provider
Friendly, Helpful, Witty
Anna stopped cheering SIMBA from the sidelines and joined as a member in Autumn 2020. Since then, Anna helped hundreds of business owners apply for desperately needed funding caused by the upheavals of COVID-19. Anna has worked in nonprofit and corporate settings as a digital marketing coordinator, grant writer, volunteer and event coordinator, content manager, and educator.
Although Anna has lived all over the country, she loves the Inland Northwest. Anna is passionate about creativity, diversity, recovery, and community. She earned a Master’s of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor’s in English and Theatre Arts from Mary Washington College. She is an unrepentant pen snob. Dubbed “Anna’s Magic Yams” by her bestie, Anna’s favorite vegetable is sweet potatoes with cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, and a little butter and brown sugar.