Our Staff

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Mozart Guerrier: Executive Director

[mozart@21progress.org]

Mozart guides strategic planning, mission, and development at 21 Progress. He has spent over ten years working on social justice issues as a project manager, organizer, social worker, and teaching artist. He was most recently the co-founder of a collective impact initiative called Healthy Neighbors at Upstate Medical University, focused on developing leaders in public housing who addressed health disparities in their community. Prior to Upstate, Mozart was the community manager at Aunt Bertha, a software firm backed by Unreasonable Institute, TED, and Code for America. Aunt Bertha’s mission is the transformation of access to need-based programs in the United States for youth and families.

His career has focused on supporting grassroots leaders and social justice through technology, storytelling, organizing, and systems thinking. He has spoken at the 2015 Seattle Mayors’ Youth Opportunity Summit,  TEDxSyracuse, TEDxUtica, and frequently lectures on social justice and innovation at colleges (MIT, Brown, University of Rochester, UT-Austin, etc) and cultural centers across the country. He is a 50 under 40 Emerging Leader via Social Enterprise Alliance.

Mozart earned a Master of Social Work from the Falk College of Human Dynamics at Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Mansfield University.

He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and basketball.

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Marissa Vichayapai: Programs Director

[marissa@21progress.org]

Marissa implements and supports programs at 21 Progress. She is a passionate young professional who centers justice and purpose in her quest to live and work meaningfully.  Marissa identifies as a community organizer, coalition builder, advocate, traveler, cook, and crafter. She is a first generation Thai American and passionate about building healthy diverse community power. With a background in social psychology research non-profit management and youth development, Marissa uses her talents and passion to drive her work.

Marissa organizes on local issues affecting AAPI women as a Workgroup member of the National Asian Pacific Women’s Forum – Seattle Chapter. Sitting on the board of the Asian Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF), Marissa supports the development of AAPI Leaders.

She earned a Masters in Social Work, a Non-Profit Management Certificate and a BA in Psychology from the University of Washington. She has completed training by Powerful Voices and Mikva Challenge.

She speaks Thai and can say hello in over ten different languages. She has traveled extensively through Southeast Asia, Central, South America, and loves getting into the wilderness.

Wendy S. Martinez Hurtado: WA State DACA Program Manager

[wendy@21progress.org]

Wendy manages the Build Your Dream (BYD) program and provides support to DACA eligible youth and young adults. Through this work, she hopes to inspire and empower those who identify as undocumented.

She is passionate about working for and with marginalized communities and low-income youth, community-building, and social justice. Wendy has actively advocated for immigration rights by facilitating and organizing educational workshops at schools, churches and conferences, volunteering for One America and Proyecto MoLE, arranging legal assistance for DACA eligible students, and mentoring undocumented students on their journey through higher education.

Wendy graduated from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Hispanic Studies and minors in Sociology and History. She is a College Success Foundation Achiever and Act Six Scholar. Upon graduation she served a year with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest at Metropolitan Public Defenders and Care Partners Hospice where she worked to make legal and health resources more accessible to low-income and undocumented members of the Latino community in the Portland Metropolitan area. She has completed training by Powerful Voices and Mikvah Challenge.

In her free time, Wendy enjoys reading, dancing, and spending time with her family – especially her nieces and nephews.

Suzy Vennard Halberstadt: Administrative Assistant

[suzanne@21progress.org]

Suzy Halberstadt is a spring 2016 graduate from Eastern Washington University with a BA in Women’s & Gender Studies with a minor in Sociology. She was raised in California and moved to Washington State in 2009. While living in Spokane WA she was an active member of the Peace & Justice Action League and served on the board of Pedals2People and Meals on Wheels.

In her free time, Suzy likes craft and can knit you a scarf in a somewhat rectangular shape.  She also likes to spend time at local museums and go for walks around town.

Stephenie Lock: Development and Communications Manager

[stephenie@21progress.org]

Stephenie leads fundraising and communications at 21 Progress by hosting transformational experiences, creating meaningful relationships, and sharing stories of leadership and justice. She has spent the past 5-6 years in resource development and planning major events at local community based organizations. Stephenie grew up in the greater Seattle area and identifies as Japanese/Chinese American.

As an American Ethnic Studies graduate from the University of Washington – Seattle, she deeply believes in the power of storytelling, honoring the resiliency of communities of color, and capturing oral history interviews as a way to uplift the voices of marginalized communities.

Stephenie is currently serves as the co-chair of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum – Seattle Chapter and values creating community space as a source of love + strength where individuals can be their whole selves.

Outside of the office, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her dog “Bun Bun”, and baking.

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Michel Baños Garcia: Build Your Dream Assistant

[michel@21progress.org]

Michel Baños Garcia is Undocumented, Unapologetic, and Unafraid. She was born in Xochimilco, Mexico and is currently attending the University of Washington in pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She is extremely passionate about working with marginalized communities and has a long history in activism work. Michel believes in always approaching things with an intersectional lens in order to create inclusive and safe spaces for all folks.

While in college, Michel has done much of her work with MEChA de UW, a Latinx based social justice organization that has worked on issues of intersectionality with a focus on higher education and resource accessibility. Most recently, Michel was a part of a campaign for student government at the University of Washington in order to shed light on the reality and the inequities underrepresented students face on campus. She is extremely excited to bring her experiences and hopes to learn how to attribute them to a non-profit organization like 21 Progress.