Board of Directors & Globalist Advisers

Anita Verna Crofts, President

Anita Verna Crofts

Anita Verna Crofts is on faculty at the Department of Communication and serves as the Associate Director of Academic Affairs for the Communication Leadership graduate program. Anita is interested in the ways digital media and food build, sustain, and grow communities — in concert and on their own. Her courses include: story creation and social engagement, leadership and organizational design in the digital age, and the interplay of culture, identity, and communication.

Anita serves as the Department of Communication’s Flight Instructor, a position she created to encourage “ideas and people to take flight” by building a dynamic learning environment through curricular innovations, space and design considerations, and spearheading leadership development at the undergraduate and graduate student level.

Anita is a German Marshall Memorial Fellow and Thomas J. Watson Research Fellow. She has an MPA from the Evans School of Public Affairs and serves on the Curriculum Committee of Leadership Tomorrow.

She bakes a mean pie. Anita joined the Board of Directors in December 2011, and was elected President in Autumn 2016.

Esmy Jimenez, Vice President

Born in Mexico but raised in rural Washington, Esmy Jimenez is an undocumented mestiza scholar, community organizer, and writer. After attendingUSC for environmental studies and international relations in Los Angeles, she moved to Seattle where she is currently a legal assistant for Colectiva Legal del Pueblo, a Sightline Daily Editor, and a managing editor for Undocumental, an intersectional project focused on the experiences of illegalized people.
A 2016 apprentice for the Seattle Globalist, Esmy’s work has appeared in AdSum, La Raza del Noroeste, Femme Feminism, and more. When she’s not running around, you can usually find her talking about eating or eating while talking. Esmy joined the board in March 2017, and was elected Vice President in June 2017.

Anna Goren, Secretary

Anna Goren

Anna Goren is carrying on the Jewish tradition of having strong opinions about food and social justice. Since graduating from McGill University in Montreal, QC, where she conducted research on social policy in the School of Social Work, she has worked with food everywhere from the food bank to a restaurant kitchen. Anna works as a writer with a nonprofit consulting firm and teaches creative writing in the King County Correctional Facility. In her spare time, Anna can be found riding around Seattle on her bicycle thinking about what to do with her leftovers. Follow her at @annaegoren, her leftovers @


Paulette Harris, Treasurer

Paulette Harris
Paulette Harris is a Certified Public Accountant in Washington and has 20 years of accounting experience in public and private industry. She currently works at Boeing and prior to that worked for a local private aerospace company. Paulette earned her MBA from Seattle University, and a B.S. in Accounting from Central Washington University. She is enthusiastic about bringing her Accounting background to The Seattle Globalist along with her interest in dialogue around social, political and cultural topics on a local and global level. She is a firm believer in the importance of responsible media that tells stories about and from the diverse perspectives and experiences of those in our communities. Paulette joined the board in July 2017.

Jenny Asarnow, Director

Jenny Asarnow co-managesRadioActive Youth Media at KUOW Public Radio. She has worked in broadcasting/podcasting for more than a decade. Her work has been featured on NPR and exhibited in Seattle, Chicago, New York and Baltimore. In 2009, Jenny createdThe Corner: 23rd and Union, an interactive public art installation that amplified hundreds of stories about gentrification in Seattle’s Central District, where she lives. She first wrote for the Globalist (then the Common Language Project) back in 2011 from Haiti as a fellow with the International Reporting Project. Jenny studied cultural and intellectual history at Brown University and earned her MPA from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. She loves her Jewish community and singing karaoke. Jenny joined the board in April 2017.

Sanjay Bhatt, Director

Sanjay Bhatt

Sanjay Bhatt is a versatile storyteller who won numerous national awards over a 20-year career as a reporter for newspapers on the East and West Coasts, including over a dozen years at The Seattle Times. In his journalism career, he often was an early adopter of new platforms such as mobile video and Tableau data visualizations for publishing multi-faceted story packages. He also distinguished himself as an executive officer on the boards of the Seattle chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and the national Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ).

Now as the first-ever Public Information Officer at Kitsap Transit, Sanjay manages the organization’s corporate communications, media relations and digital strategy. Sanjay holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Duke University and a master’s degree in information management from the University of Washington. A data junkie, Sanjay is interested in how organizations can improve their ability to serve their mission through strategic planning, metrics and project management.

He is proud to continue staying involved in journalism and storytelling by serving on the Seattle Globalist’s board.


Rituja Indapure

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Rituja Indapure
Rituja Indapure currently works at Costco as an Analyst. She is an avid reader, performer and has directed Tasveer’s South Asian Women’s focused festival. Rituja is an active community member and has served PTA boards as a Treasurer and co-President. She regularly volunteers with the Aras Foundation, United Way of King County and Technology Access Foundation. She is also a supporter of Teen Feed and serves on the Amrita-Seattle meal team. Rituja is an enthusiastic member of Toastmasters and enjoys writing letters on paper. Prior to Costco, she has worked at Accenture and Onyx Software. Rituja is passionate about implementing and improving processes that increase efficiency and productivity of the team. Rituja received her BA in English Literature and LLB from University of Pune and LLM from University of Nottingham. Rituja is passionate about women’s education, equality and leadership. Currently she is producing a media piece addressing the issue of skin color in the South Asian diaspora in the context of relationships. Rituja joined the board in September 2014, and served as treasurer from January 2015 to June 2017.

Brenda Tausch Lapora, Director

Brenda Tausch Lapora

Brenda Tausch Lapora is a lawyer and educator with a background in nonprofit law, civil legal aid, and social justice. Brenda is currently an attorney at Wayfind, a nonprofit with a mission to improve the quality of life in Washington by providing free business legal services to nonprofits and microenterprises. Brenda is also a part-time faculty member with the Communication Leadership graduate program at the University of Washington. Brenda earned a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law, and a B.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of Washington. She also received a Fulbright grant to Brazil. She has been on the board of the Seattle Globalist since March 2014.

LeiLani Nishime, Director

LeiLani Nishime is a Associate Professor of Commmunication at the University of Washington where she researches and teaches on race, gender, and sexuality in the media. Her main subject areas are mixed race representations, science fiction, technology, and gender. She is an organizing member of the Seattle Asian American Film Festival and a former board member of the Association of Asian American Studies. She has published three books: Undercover Asian: Mixed Race Asian Americans in Visual Cutlure, Global Asian American Media, and East Main Street: Asian American Popular Cultures. LeiLani joined the board in June 2017.

Roxana Norouzi, Director

Roxana Norouzi

Roxana Norouzi has worked with immigrant and refugee populations in the Seattle area for the past 10 years. Currently, she provides strategic guidance around education policy and implementation for OneAmerica, Washington State’s largest immigrant right’s organization. In 2010, Roxana was awarded the University of Washington’s Bonderman Fellowship which allowed her to travel to the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, East Africa, West Africa and South America. She joined the board of directors in November 2012.

Alex Stonehill, Director

Alex Stonehill

Alex is Head of Creative Strategy for the UW’s Communication Leadership Master’s Program. He has a background as a visual journalist and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Syria, Ethiopia and Pakistan. He’s been teaching journalism and storytelling at UW and in youth education programs for nearly a decade. He’s also co-founder of The Seattle Globalist and served as Editor-in-Chief from 2012-2016. He joined the board in July 2017.

Shoko Toyama, Director

Shoko Toyama
Shoko has worked in the philanthropy and development sector for the past eight years. Currently, Shoko is Senior Development & Events Manager at Plymouth Housing Group where she oversees their fundraising events, corporate partnerships and community engagement efforts.

Shoko is a proud graduate of United Way of King County’s ProjectLEAD Program and is a part of Leadership Tomorrow’s Class of 2018. Shoko received her BA in Finance from Western Washington University. Shoko loves The Seattle Globalist, her dog Peanut, and her fiddle fig tree Fiona. Shoko joined the board in July 2017.

Board Alumni

  • Chantal Anderson
  • Eamon Aloyo
  • Jonathan Cunningham
  • Joel Dodge
  • Ron Feemster
  • Nanette Francia-Cotter
  • Eliaichi Kimaro
  • Hanson Hosein
  • Larry Johnson
  • Sabrina Roach
  • Joanne Silberner
  • John Tarleton
  • Ruchika Tulshyan

Globalist Advisers

Jonathan Cunningham

Manager, Youth Programs + Community Outreach, EMP Museum

Athima Chansanchai

Society of Professional Journalists

Tarek Dawoud

Microsoft; Islamic Speakers Bureau

Eroyn Franklin

Short Run

Bookda Gheisar

Mona Foundation

Mónica Guzmán

The Evergrey

Karen Hirsch

Ostara Group

Naomi Ishisaka


Eliaichi Kimaro

9elephants productions

Ann Magyar

Full Tilt Ice Cream

Sabrina Roach

Brown Paper Tickets