2019 Scholars

Congratulations to our 2019 Advancement Northwest Scholars:
• Halisi Ali El
• Poni Colina
• Liz Dupee
• Jess Hartman
• June Liu
• Kiotta Marshall
• Rita Meher
• Thanh Nguyen
• Alyssa Pizarro
• Neena Viel

Select Scholar Biographies:

Liz Dupee is the Director of Research & Strategy at Win|Win where she leads the Washington Democracy Hub, the policy research and movement strategy arm of Win|Win. Before becoming the founding Director of the Democracy Hub and later merging with Win|Win, Liz led the Tenants Union of Washington State, a 501(c)3 nonprofit focused on housing justice for renters in Washington State. She has also served in operations, fundraising, policy, and development roles throughout her career. Liz has degrees in Human Resources Management from Joliet Junior College and African American Studies from Western Illinois University. She earned her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law in 2017. In her free time, Liz likes to dance hip-hop and calypso, tend to her indoor garden, and watch entirely too much television.


June Liu is the Donor Relations Coordinator at El Centro de la Raza where she plans, executes, and evaluates activities for annual giving campaigns and communication materials. She earned her MPA degree from the Evans School. In her leisure time, June enjoys strength training, reading, gardening, and helping people get to where they want to be. She is an officer of her recently chartered Toastmasters club specifically created for people of color, as well as Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF). June is grateful to have been selected as an Advancement Northwest scholar.


 Kiotta Marshall is an Associate Consultant in the Seattle office of Campbell & Company where she helps clients to grow and further their missions all while expanding their fundraising potential. A Hoosier through and through, Kiotta holds a BS and MA in Arts Administration and an MPA with a Nonprofit Management concentration from Indiana University Bloomington. Kiotta has held development and marketing positions at WonderLab Museum of Science, Health & Technology, Indiana University Auditorium, and Bravo! Vail Music Festival. When she is not in the office, you can find her outdoors experiencing the wonderful PNW or indoors painting.


Neena Viel is the Community Engagement Director at Seattle Education Access (SEA), where she oversees major gifts, communications, and corporate philanthropy. Prior to joining the SEA team, Neena has held various communication and development roles. Neena holds a Master’s in Public Service from the University Of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, and a B.A. in Communication from Arkansas State University. Neena is a member of the AFP Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and a volunteer at FAST (Fathers and Sons Together) and the Rainier Chamber of Commerce. Neena loves reading and managing her book club, and scaring herself with spooky movies.