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Staff and Board

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is a grassroots organization where representatives from our neighborhood groups set priorities and elect the board.

Our Staff

claraClara Cantor, Community Organizer, is excited to be putting her background in programs, volunteer management, and leadership development to good use advocating for safe streets with Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. She believes in the power of grassroots organizing, the importance of equity and inclusion in our movement, and the incredible value of befriending neighbors. Clara is a natural community builder with a passion for making our home city a place in which all of us can live, move, and have fun.



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Gordon Padelford, Executive Director, believes in the potential power of local neighborhood greenways groups to transform Seattle for the better. He got involved with SNG through volunteering with his local group, Central Seattle Greenways, where he coordinated the SR 520 campaign and organized the 2013 Livable Streets Mayoral Forum. Every week Gordon is inspired by the positive impact community members are making in their neighborhoods, and comes to work everyday excited to bolster their efforts and cultivate the safe streets movement in Seattle.



KLwithNephewKL Shannon, Community Organizer: I am a longtime organizer who grew up in Seattle’s Central District and started my organizing career with Jobs with Justice and Mothers for Police Accountability. My body of organizing work includes issues that impact communities of color: Economic Justice, Housing, Immigration, Police Accountability, and Transportation.

I’m helping to raise my fourteen-year-old nephew and actively support him by disrupting the school yard-to-prison pipeline that snags our black and brown boys.




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Susan Gleason, Communications and Development Director, comes to Seattle Neighborhood Greenways after over fourteen years at Yes! Magazine. Susan loves our vision of community living, where we (people of all backgrounds and abilities) can move easily and comfortably in our neighborhoods — where neighbors meet and greet each other, where kids can ride bikes and play safely, where the natural environment can thrive. She’s known for her extensive knowledge of storytelling, passion, and infectious smile.







Our Board


Barbara Gordon
Barbara Wright
Bob Anderton
Cathy Tuttle
David Goldberg, President
Daigoro Toyama
Mark Ostrow, Treasurer
Merlin Rainwater
Michael Herschensohn, Vice President
Shannon Nichol
Troy Heerwagen, Secretary