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FareStart Names Angela Stowell As Its Next CEO

Stowell brings diverse leadership experience as FareStart looks to the future.

FareStart is excited to announce that Angela Stowell will become its next CEO. Angela currently serves as CEO and partner of Ethan Stowell Restaurants (ESR), a Seattle-based restaurant group. She will start her new role at FareStart on October 14.

“Giving back to our community and helping people in need has always been one of my core values and we’ve worked hard at ESR to implement that into our work. I feel really lucky and excited to move in a direction where I get to do that every day. FareStart is such an incredible organization that not only provides job training and life skills, but offers people a chance to find success and put themselves and their families on the path out of poverty.” 

As CEO of ESR, Angela oversees 16 restaurants, $30 million in annual revenue and 420 employees. She has also volunteered and raised money for organizations such as Amara, Russell Wilson’s WhyNotYou Foundation, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Pike Place Market Foundation and numerous other local charities and schools. She sits on the board of United Way of King County and is co-chairing its $40 million annual fundraising campaign with her husband Ethan Stowell. In 2012, Angela co-founded Eat Run Hope, a 5K and culinary event that benefited the Fetal Health Foundation. She and Ethan have also been longtime supporters of FareStart’s Guest Chef Night and annual gala auction. 

Angela was named one of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2013 “40 Under 40,” received the 2016 Richard Melman Innovator of the Year Award with her husband, was honored as one of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2017 “Women of Influence,” and most recently, was named one of “The 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle” by Seattle Met magazine.

“We are thrilled to have Angela lead the next chapter of FareStart,” said FareStart Board Chair Ken Hart. “She’s a proven leader and visionary in both the business world and within our greater Seattle community. Angela truly embodies the mission, values and heart of FareStart. Her boldness, innovation and collaborative leadership style will pave the way for long-term success.” 

Angela was unanimously selected by the FareStart Board of Directors after an extensive national search. She succeeds Megan Karch who stepped down from FareStart in March after 18 years at the helm. Craig Russell will continue to serve as the interim CEO until Stowell’s start date.