meet our leadership!
President & ceo
Michelle Y. Merriweather
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. 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.
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 90th anniversary. Michelle is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.
CHIEF FINANCE OFFICER
Marc earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Washington (1994) and a master’s degree in business from Georgetown University (1998). After college, Marc worked 5 years for his tribe, the Lummi Nation, as economic development director, and CFO. Before arriving at ULMS, Marc spent 14 years working within Seattle’s Native community in different capacities at Potlatch Fund (as operations manager), United Indians of All Tribes Foundation (CFO), and at the Seattle Indian Health Board (community services director).
VP OF OPERATIONS
Augustine J. Cita is our Vice President of Operations at the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle. He worked in the trades as a Master Journeyman installing Marble and Stone for over 16 years, through Local #1 (BAC) in Washington. In April, 2014, Augustine was hired by the Urban League as a Program Navigator/Case manager. After successfully completing six cohorts, including one at Monroe Correctional Complex, he was promoted to Program Manager, and later became Workforce Development Director. He now maintains the role of VP of Operations.
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.