Board of Directors

Neighborhood House’s governing board has a tripartite structure that reflects and promotes the communities we serve. This means our members are: one third low-income individuals, one third local elected officials or their representatives, and the remaining members are from major groups and interests in the community. Our board is responsible for assuring the agency assesses and responds to the causes and conditions of poverty.

Interested in serving as a part of the board? Please contact us.

Meet the members

Maile Hadley, Zeno

Maile connects all of her work to equity of access to high-quality educational opportunities for minoritized youth, families, and communities. After working to scale the impact of Equal Opportunity Schools, Maile returned her focus on the communities of Washington state and to her passion for science, technology, engineering, and especially math (STEM). Maile has launched new initiatives with Technology Alliance to promote computer science through student-created apps in Washington, with a strong focus on rural and underrepresented communities. She has also worked as Program Officer with Washington STEM.

Maile joined Zeno in August of 2016 as the Programs + Operations Director to expand and codify the emerging early learning program and to build a staff culture that connected with the community. In October 2020 she became Zeno’s Executive Director. As Executive Director Maile strives to ensure the voices of the communities Zeno reaches are heard and amplified while also ensuring that racial justice is included in all that Zeno does.

Maile has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington and coursework towards a master’s in Pastoral Studies from Seattle University.

Ed Prince, City of Renton
Vice President

Ed Prince serves on the Renton City Council and is the Executive Director of the Washington Commission on African American Affairs. He joined the Neighborhood House board in 2022, and was also previously on the board 12 years ago.

Michael Mead, CliftonLarsonAllen

Mike Mead has been on the Neighborhood House board since 2017 and currently serves as Treasurer. He is a principal at CliftonLarsonAllen, an audit, tax, and wealth advisory firm.

Cynthia Wang
Acting Secretary

Cynthia is the Executive Director of Pasado’s Safe Haven, a Washington State nonprofit on a mission to end animal cruelty. Cynthia has more than 20 years of leadership experiences across technology, government and nonprofit sectors. Cynthia began serving on the Board of Neighborhood House in 2018 and currently the Acting Secretary and the Chair of the Board Development Committee.

Azmach Bekele

Azmach Bekele is from Ethiopia where he graduated with an Accounting bachelor degree in 2011. Azmach worked at the Ethiopian Postal Service Enterprise as a Financial Business Manager for more than 14 years. He came to the United States of America in 2019, and he works as independent contractor with different delivery companies here.

Mojdeh Hoorbakht, JND Legal Administration

Mojdeh Hoorbakht has served on the board since 2020 and came to Neighborhood House initially as a client. She has law degrees from the University of Washington and the University of Pune, and works at JND Legal Administration as a project manager.

Joanne Kalas, Amazon

Joanne Kalas is an attorney at Amazon Web Services, where she works in the realm of environmental compliance. She is a resident of the Rainier Vista neighborhood of Seattle and has been with the board since 2017.

Hannah Locke, King County

Hannah Locke grew up in Seattle and loves spending time with her family enjoying all aspects of the PNW. Hannah has had the privilege of working alongside young children and families in our community in a variety of ways from direct service to systems level work. She is dedicated to the work of advancing equity and social justice, and currently supports community based organizations piloting new and innovative programs and projects focused on children prenatal to five and their families.

Linda Mills, Clorox

Linda Mills serves as the Chief Communications Officer for The Clorox Company, a global manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products. Linda joined The Clorox Company in August of 2022 and she leads all internal, external, digital and creative communications for the company. Linda has more than 20 years of experience in integrated communications, leading teams and driving brand awareness and reputation for diverse industries, including aerospace, retail, and technology brands. Linda has also served in senior leadership roles at Blue Origin, Boeing, and Starbucks. Linda has served on the Neighborhood House board of directors since December 2018 and currently leads the Resource Development Committee.