Our Leadership

Senior Leadership Team

Angela Dunleavy-Stowell, Chief Executive Officer

Angela Dunleavy-Stowell was unanimously selected as FareStart’s CEO by the Board of Directors in 2018 due to her diverse leadership experience, business acumen and restaurant background. Angela was co-owner and CEO of Ethan Stowell Restaurants for the past 11 years. She oversaw 16 restaurants, $30 million in annual revenue and 420 employees.

While many people know her for her business accomplishments, Angela has been supporting and leading nonprofit efforts for years.

She sits on the board of the United Way of King County and co-chaired its $40 million 2017-2018 annual fundraising campaign. In 2012, Angela co-founded Eat Run Hope, a 5K and culinary event that benefitted the Fetal Health Foundation. She has also volunteered and raised money for numerous organizations such as Amara, Russell Wilson’s WhyNotYou Foundation, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Pike Place Foundation and other local charities and schools.

In 2013, Angela was named one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.” She is also part of their “40 Under 40” Hall of Fame. She and Ethan Stowell received the 2016 Richard Melman Innovator of the Year Award. She has been honored as one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2017 “Women of Influence” and was named one of the “50 Most Influential Women in Seattle” by Seattle Met Magazine. Angela enjoys hiking, traveling and exploring the city with her two sons.


Michelle McDaniel, Chief Mission & Enterprise Officer

Michelle McDaniel is responsible for FareStart’s local culinary and life skills training programs for adults, youth and young adults, as well as FareStart’s eight foodservice enterprises where students and apprentices receive on-the-job training. Michelle spent ten years as a mental health professional, providing direct service at Navos Mental Health Solutions, as well as developed nationally recognized behavioral health programs for Public Health Seattle-King County. Additionally, Michelle successfully led program and fund development at Crisis Clinic and American Red Cross - Western Washington Chapters, before joining FareStart in 2013 as Chief Development Officer. In 2017, she received the first-ever Innovator Award from City University of Seattle’s Sanford Institute of Philanthropy.

Ryan Dean, Chief Financial Officer

Ryan Dean joined FareStart in 2017 as the Chief Financial Officer after spending nearly twelve years as Director of Finance and Administration at the Seattle Aquarium. Prior to the Seattle Aquarium, Ryan held senior finance positions at IBM, Real Networks, Sequent Computers and Boston Market. He holds a Masters in International Management and a bachelor's degree in Finance. Ryan is an avid cyclist and ultimate Frisbee player. He coaches youth ultimate in the Seattle Public Schools in his free time.

Emily Ditty, Chief Development Officer

Emily Ditty joined FareStart in 2019 as Chief Development Officer. She oversees fund development, marketing and communications and community engagement. Emily has more than 15 years of nonprofit leadership experience with specific expertise in resource development and organizational capacity building. Prior to joining FareStart, Emily held executive positions with health and human service, education and advocacy organizations. She has a diverse background and holds a Masters in Nonprofit Management as well as a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. Emily is a passionate advocate for health, equity, education, opportunity and creating pathways for every person to live a good life.

2019 FareStart Board of Directors

Chair: Ken Hart, Cornerstone Advisors Inc.
Chair-Elect: Cate Hardy, PCC Community Markets
Treasurer: Julaine Smith, Accountant Smart LLC
Secretary: Tricia McKay Lincoln, LUMA Consulting

Bill Adamucci, Community Funding Group
Sue Bevington, Microsoft
Michelle Burns, Starbucks Coffee Company
Dani Cone, Cone & Steiner, Fuel Coffee
Gail DeGiulio, Community Volunteer
Laila Elias, Boeing
Rodger Kohn, Symbios Law Group PLLC
Judy Meleliat, Aegis Living
Michael Pickett, Point B
Srilata Remala, The Maternal Coalition, Founder
Craig Russell, Novus Coffee Imports
Joanna Smith, Community Volunteer
Bettina Stix, Amazon
Brian Surratt, Alexandria Real Estate Equities
Nicole Trimble, FSG

Ex-Officio Members: Angela Dunleavy-Stowell, FareStart CEO