Executive Leadership
staff overview
President & CEO

Michelle Y. Merriweather

In February 2018, Michelle became the 13th President of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle.

“I am not anxious to be the loudest voice or the most popular, but I would like to think that at a crucial moment, I was an effective voice for the voiceless, and effective hope for the hopeless” a quote by civil rights leader Whitney M. Young is Michelle’s mantra as she leads the organization towards its 92nd anniversary. 

Michelle Y. Merriweather joined the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle team in August of 2015 as the Vice President.  Her passion is combining her extensive sales, fund development, event planning and marketing background to better the communities in which she serves.  
 
As a Los Angeles native, her dedication for the Los Angeles community and for being a voice for the voiceless, led her to volunteer for the Los Angeles Urban League.  Her role grew from volunteer to the first woman President of the Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals and an active member of their board of directors and a part of the National Urban League Movement.  
 
Prior to changing her career to follow her passion in advocating for African Americans and underserved communities she had a successful career in sales and marketing with major organizations such as Starbucks, Heinz, and Coca Cola. 
 
Ms. Merriweather is taking an active role in impacting her community. She serves on the board of directors for the Alliance for Education, KUOW, United Way of King County, MultiCare Behavioral Health Foundation, the Downtown Seattle Association, and an inaugural appointee of the first Washington State Women’s Commission dedicated to shaping policy that directly impacts the women that call Washington home.  Michelle is a proud active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and serves as the advisor for the collegiate chapter at University of Washington.  She a proud graduate of the Xavier University of Louisiana, the nation’s only historically Black-Catholic University, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. In 2020 she was awarded 2 awards from the Puget Sound Business Journal: A Woman of Influence and a Puget Sound Power 100. In 2022, she received the Edwin T. Pratt Community Service Award from the MLKCC.

Donna Moodie

CHIEF ImPACT OFFICER &
ECODISTRICT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Donna Moodie joined the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle as the Chief Impact Officer on October 1, 2023, concurrently serving as the Executive Director of the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict that is now housed under ULMS. The EcoDistrict under Donna’s leadership and expertise will continue to focus on supporting Lowell Elementary, public life planning through street activations, economic empowerment, community advocacy and environmental resilience, sustainability and social justice, co-creating a future with ULMS for equitable community development at scale.

Mansour Camara

CHIEF FINANCE OFFICER

Mansour Camara provides financial leadership and oversees the annual audit, budget, banking relations and financial reporting for the organization. Mansour has been with the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle since 2016. He began as a temporary accountant and was hired as a general accountant after six months. He served as the Budget Officer and Controller prior to becoming the CFO. Mansour holds a Master of Business Administration from City University of Seattle and B.S in Accounting from the University of Gambia. 

Josalyn Ford

CHIEF ADVANCEMENT OFFICER

Josalyn P. Ford is passionate about advancing equity within philanthropy on behalf of social justice and always with community in mind. Josalyn received her B.A. in Business Administration at Clark Atlanta University, and her Master’s in Public Administration at Seattle University. She has raised over $30 million in fundraising revenue, affording many organizations the ability to ensure a long lasting impact on communities and per the organization she’s been honored to partner with. In her off-time, Josalyn’s passion for community is illustrated in her service work on various non-profit boards and committees. Her experience helps in spearheading strategic initiatives, events, and programs that increase the efforts of these organizations in forwarding their missions.

Linda Taylor

VP of Housing & Financial empowerment

Linda Taylor currently serves as the VP of Housing & Financial Empowerment for the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle (ULMS). Ms. Taylor joined ULMS in 1998 as a Housing Counselor, responsible for Pre-Purchase Counseling and now directs the ULMS Housing Department which includes a team of housing specialists who coordinate counseling in the areas of: Faith Based Financial Education, Mortgage Default which includes modifications, Budget Development, Credit Enhancement, Pre-Purchase Education, Rental Assistance, Transitional Housing, Reverse Mortgage and Expungement of Criminal Records.