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.

Mansour Camara


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. 

Maya Manus


Maya Manus is the Chief Impact Officer at the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, which monitors and expands the internal and external impact of the services provided to the community. Maya started at ULMS in 2017 as a receptionist after graduating from Washington State University. Throughout the time at the Urban League, Maya has developed new processes for our services and programs within the Housing Department and created the Advocacy and Community Engagement Department in 2021. In December of 2022, Maya graduated with her Juris Doctorate from Seattle University School of Law and became CIO in March of 2023.

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.