The Board Members of Community to Community Development are an amazing group of women leaders. Together they bring professional experience, passion, commitment and wisdom to help create a strong base of support and leadership for C2C. These three women are strong eco-feminists that work with the Executive Director and staff to safeguard the mission, ensure fiscal responsibility and guide C2C’s program work towards building a Movement for social justice.
Maria Cuevas – Secretary
Maria has over twenty years experience working with communities of color, women and youth in popular education, community planning, administration and research. Currently a doctoral candidate in Sociology from Washington State University in Pullman , her specialization is in communities and inequality. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California , San Diego in Urban and Rural Studies (1981), a Master of Arts in Public Health (1984) and a Master’s in Social Welfare (1993), both earned at the University of California , Los Angeles . Maria spent two years (2002-2004) working with the United Farm Workers (UFW) affiliated non-profit organization, La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) in Sunnyside, Washington. As the Grower Relations Coordinator with the Washington Fair Trade Agriculture Project (WAFTA), she worked with a team of organizers, researchers and community folks in the development of a partnership which proposed to develop a Fair Trade label for Washington apples. She was successful in bringing growers to the table despite an historically hostile relationship with the union. Maria currently is on faculty at Yakima Valley Community College and holds an adjunct apointment with the Deptartment of Women’s Studies at WSU-Pullman. She lives in Yakima, Washington with her Labrador retriever Shango.
Emma Zavala-Suarez – Chair
Emma is a recent graduate of the University of Washington School of Law. She has been an instructor at Yunnan University in Kunming , Yunnan , in the Peoples Republic of China . Emma earned her BA in Latin American studies with distinction from Whitman College . As an undergraduate student she interned for three years for the America Reads Literacy Program at an elementary school in Walla Walla . She has also worked every summer since 1999 for the Migrant Summer School Program in Lynden. She has recently left her position a Law Associate for the firm Stoel Rives, LLP, Corporate Group in Seattle, WA. to pursue a career in medicine. Emma continues to be a passionate advocate for farm worker justice.
Cindy Domingo – Treasurer
Cindy Domingo is currently the board president of the Center for Social Justice and co-chair of U.S. Women & Cuba Collaboration. Ms. Domingo has been involved in various international and domestic human rights issues over the last 30 years. Ms. Domingo began her activism as a student at the University of Washington and working in the U.S.-based Philippine Solidarity Movement. As a result of the Philippine Solidarity Worker’s Movement in the U.S., Silme Domingo, Cindy’s brother, and fellow labor leader, Gene Viernes, were murdered in Seattle on June 1, 1981 . From 1981 – 1990, Ms. Domingo was National Coordinator for the Committee for Justice for Domingo and Viernes and led a movement for justice in these murders resulting in a landmark $15 million judgement in federal court against former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, for their roles in the murders.
Ms. Domingo has served on a number of boards including N.W. Labor and Employment Law Office (LELO), Church Council of Greater Seattle and their Asian Pacific Task Force and International Examiner Newspaper. Since attending the U.N. International Conference on Women in 1995, Ms. Domingo has focused on organizing around the issue of womens human rights. She has spoken at international conferences on women in Venezuela, Cuba , U.S. and Mexico. Locally, she chaired the organizing committee that for many years held the annual International Women’s Day event in Seattle and founded the EveryWoman’s Movement for Cuba that worked for the lifting of the 44 year old blockade against Cuba. She also sits on the National Planning Committee for the U.S. Social Forum.
Ms. Domingo is Chief of Staff to Larry Gosset Metropolitan King County Council, District 2
She is married and has two wonderful sons
Hannah is a local attorney who limits her practice to solely U.S. immigration and citizenship law. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law where she studied with one of the nation’s foremost immigration law professors, Hiroshi Motomura. While in school, she taught English to migrant farm-workers at the local labor camps in North Carolina. She and her husband decided to relocate to Washington State after she completed an internship with the Center for Social Justice in Seattle. Prior to starting her own practice in 2007, Hannah worked for the internationally recognized law firm of Chang & Boos. Hannah handles a wide array of immigration cases. Hannah handles both family-based and employment-based immigration cases, naturalization and asylum cases. She also focuses on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions as well as detention and removal defense. Hannah represents clients here in Washington State, across the country, and abroad.
Through her work in private practice, as well as her pro-bono services for organizations such as Community to Community Development (C2C), LAW Advocates, Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice (VAIJ) and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), Hannah is committed to fostering healthy communities and providing access to justice for all. She is a dedicated advocate for immigration reform.
Along with her husband and two young children, Hannah enjoys sailing and exploring the Pacific Northwest.