Meet Our Board Members
James Stoner CFA, CPA
Board Chair 2017
James joined the original founders in 2008 to help establish CfC as a 501(c)(3) organization. James joined the Board in 2014 and currently oversees accounting as well as annual tax filings for CfC. James spent time abroad where he experienced the need and positive impact that additional infrastructure can provide to local communities that are addressing the challenges they face but are forced to do so with limited resources. James holds a Masters in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. from the University of Washington in Business. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Washington State and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Julie Muller Neff
Julie brings a wealth of executive and legal experience to Construction for Change. Formerly a Construction Attorney and Executive Director at Orange Empire SMACNA, Julie took on the position of Executive Vice President of SMACNA Western Washington in 2014. In addition to her position on the CfC board, Julie serves on the Fundraising & Marketing Committee as well as the Banquet Revenue Committee. Julie earned a Bachelors Degree from Loyola Marymount University before being awarded a J.D. from Loyola Law School in 2003.
Operations Committee Chair
Mahi Demissie started volunteering with CfC in 2012 and is currently serving on the advisory committee for change fellows. Impressed by the work being done by CfC, she furthered her investment in the organization by joining the Board in 2015 and will be serving in the operations committee. Mahi also volunteers for other non-profits organizations in the region and held leadership roles at ACE Mentors and Artsfund. Mahi works for Sellen construction and has extensive construction management experience working on multi-million dollar construction projects as well as tenant improvements in the greater Seattle area for local big technological, charitable, educational and textile companies. Mahi is a graduate of Grinnell college and Washington University in St Louis, and holds BS degrees in General Science-Physics and Civil Engineering and MS in Construction Management.
Scott, a longtime CfC supporter, joined the Board of Directors in 2014. Scott has a distinguished career in the nonprofit and international development sectors, currently serving as Executive Vice President / Chief Operations Officer for Leadership Foundations. Prior to this, he served as the Chief Development Officer for Landesa, as Executive VP/COO for International Justice Mission, as a senior executive with Partners International, and as the Young Life Senior Campaign Director, where he oversaw a $14.3 million capital campaign for Malibu, a Young Life camp in British Columbia. Scott has also served on the Board of Directors for the YMCA and as a member of Rotary Club International. He and his wife, Julie, have been deeply involved in HIV support networks and organizations over the past few decades. Scott received a B.S. in Education from Western Washington University and has taken post-graduate coursework through Fuller Theological Seminary and the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.
Revenue Committee Chair
Zach Archer joined CfC in 2013 as a construction consultant. Zach brings a wealth of knowledge to CfC from his experience working on some of the largest infrastructure projects in the Seattle area. He currently works for Tarr Whitman Group as a consultant to WSDOT. Zach has also worked on projects for Sound Transit, Jacobs Engineering, Turner Construction, Mortenson Construction, and S.D. Deacon. This range of experience makes him very connected within the CM community. He plans to utilize this network in his new role on the Fundraising and Marketing Committee. Zach is an active member of Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) and graduated with a B.S. in Construction Management from the University of Washington.
Shelby became a member of the board after serving for two years as CfC’s first full-time Executive Director. She has long been an advocate for universal education and economic development. Prior to joining CfC as a Development Coordinator in 2009, Shelby has worked extensively in the development sector at USAID, Peace Corps, and WINGS, a reproductive health organization. Her work and studies have taken her all over the world, including the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and most recently, Central America. She holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. from the University of Washington. Shelby is currently pursuing her J.D. at the UW School of Law.
Ray began serving as pro bono legal counsel to CfC in 2013 and joined the Board in 2014. Ray is an attorney at Van Ness Feldman who advises private and public sector organizations on land use and governance issues. She has long been an advocate for economic self-sufficiency and development in emerging communities, working in the nonprofit sector and administering public housing programs before becoming an attorney. Ray has also been active with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and in Leadership Tomorrow. Ray is a three-time graduate of the University of Washington with a J.D., Masters in Public Administration, and B.A. in Women Studies.
Nick Tosti is one of the original founders of CfC. For the first five years, Nick has served as Executive Director and later as Chair of the Board. Today, Nick continues to play an important role in guiding the mission of CfC as Chair Emeritus. Nick is the President of Windward Project Management, a Seattle-based real estate development company. He has extensive experience managing development projects all over the greater Seattle area, as well as large-scale infrastructure, such as schools, medical clinics, micro finance offices, on three different continents. He graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Construction Management.