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Creating Change


Seeing the city as a playground

At the South Sound Leadership Foundation, we seek to envision a city described in Zechariah 8: 4-5 

“Old men and old women will come back to Jerusalem, sit on benches on the streets and spin tales, move around safely with their canes—a good city to grow old in. And boys and girls will fill the public parks, laughing and playing—a good city to grow up in.”

Our Mission

We exist to equip leaders and empower underserved communities to advance urban renewal in the South Puget Sound.

Engaging leaders of good faith and good will

The South Sound Leadership Foundation brings people together to work together for the common good of the city. We move isolated individuals to collaborative engagement.

People from different backgrounds, faith traditions, and sectors of the city.

Building the capacity of others

We move under-resourced work to empowered action. Since 1989, Leadership Foundations in the South Sound have helped build the capacity of more than 200 nonprofit organizations.

Through our Charity to Change initiative, in 2023 alone we equipped 10 local congregations to better serve the vulnerable in their community and engage in local justice issues.

Developing Joint Initiatives

We move independent efforts to collective impact. It will take all of us to address the most significant challenges that our city faces. 

The South Sound Leadership Foundation is bringing together people from across the city to tackle these challenges head on!


Melody Rodriguez

Melanie King


Katherine Person


Taneisha Wynn



Joe Martinez

Board Chair

Co-Founder, CEO, CiertoGlobal

Joe Martinez has worked with migrant farmworkers for the last 15 years and is the Executive Director, Co-Founder of CIERTO, a non-profit international worker recruitment and training organization that recruits, trains and dispatches farmworkers to agricultural employers in the United States and migrant workers to Canada from Mexico and Guatemala.

Joe has focused on creating a safe recruitment and labor compliance verification/assurance system that protects workers from fraud, trafficking, and slave conditions benefiting workers, growers, retailers and consumers alike. Joe has worked closely with NGOs, the US and foreign governments to address issues related to how migrant workers are recruited and dispatched to the US and Canada.

When he is not working on migrant worker issues Joe is dedicated to his community and giving back. He currently serves on United Way of Pierce County’s Board.

Lorina Meade


Community Leader, Certified Spiritual Director

Lorina’s background is in Education with a BA from Whitworth and M.Ed from U of W Tacoma.

She spent time teaching both in Japan and in a local public school. Lorina also served in ministry, both on staff and as lay leader, at University Place Presbyterian Church.  Various roles included Director of Children’s Ministry, Minister of Local Mission, Women’s ministry and as an elder for several terms.

Her focus shifted to becoming a certified spiritual director and having her own small practice which she loves and finds to be such privileged space. She is involved in the Selah Center, an organization offering contemplative experiences and community as board president, facilitator, teacher, and participant.

Her desire is to live into the intersection of contemplation and action as well as lead others in this.  She also serves as a mentor to young moms in a program targeted at that season of life and has walked alongside refugee families through World Relief.

Lorina lives with her husband J.B. and relishes time spent with their young adult sons Ben and Samuel who currently both live in Europe. She loves to re-create in the beauty of the PNW, read, learn, travel, explore new places, create welcoming spaces, and spend time with family and friends.

Jason Bosh


Vice President of Leadership Effectiveness, DaVita

Jason Bosh spends his time thinking about how to build institutions and ecosystems that spur human flourishing.  He has worked with DaVita (A Fortune 300 Healthcare company) for 17 years-  originally as an executive running a $300M division and now in leadership effectiveness, where he teaches operating executives how to build culture and process and helps shape DaVita’s approach to its holistic impact on its teammates.

His half-scope role at DaVita has given him time to work on The Flourishing Communities Project- an effort to foster a replicable ecosystem that provides the ingredients for human flourishing:  wisdom, financial stability, and a caring community.

He has several long-term communities important to him, including:  friends from college (UPS) that live in the same neighborhood in Tacoma, and friends from business school (Stanford) that are active with each other despite being spread out globally.   He has been married to Emily Bosh for 23 years and they have 3 awesome teenagers that keep them busy and full of joy.

Sara Irish

Sr. Growth and Community Engagement Specialist, Molina

Sara currently works for Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center as a Director of Community Engagement. She was born and raised in Mexico City and grew up in Cuernavaca. She holds a Kindergarten Teaching Certification from the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos, and taught Spanish in the University Place School District.

Sara has worked in Pierce County  as Sr. Community Growth and Community Engagement Specialist for Molina Healthcare, a Family Support Worker for the Protection Partnership for Children working under local agencies: Centro Latino, Children’s Home Society of Washington, Communities in Schools of Lakewood, Metropolitan Development Council and the Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center ECEAP. She most recently spent five years as a Family Support Specialist at Multicultural Child and Family Hope Center, advocating for parents and teaching them leadership skills as they learn how to navigate our Tacoma Public School System. She also facilitates a bilingual support group for Latina women at Catherine Place, where she is an energetic educator, advocate, and trainer for immigrant women.

She has a wealth of training in early childhood development and education, and her passion is to provide support and teach parents to better understand the educational system so that they can become more involved in their child’s education. She cares deeply about making our community a better place and empowering those who have a stake in our schools.

Bob Jimerson

Independent Business Consultant, Analyst

Loving The South Sound into greatnes

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