Who We are
The Common Acre came together when artists and urban farmers decided in 2012 to work together on a shared mission of maximum social impact.
Since our inception, our team has grown to encompass doctors of medicine and science, city planners, educators, and strategists, and a great crew of multi-talented volunteers.
A first-generation Ethiopian born in Moses Lake, WA, Nat graduated with a B.A. in the University of Washington’s eclectic Comparative History of Ideas program in 2015, pursuing a Master’s in Education Policy the next year. Then, as a children’s garden coordinator, he spearheaded the first racial equity team at Seattle Tilth while simultaneously running a monthly youth leadership program at the Ethiopian Community in Seattle.
Since joining the board as Vice President in the Spring of 2017, Nat has been practicing with herbs and researching plant consciousness. Deeply inspired by the mission of The Common Acre, Nat brings together backgrounds in food systems education, social justice facilitation, and nonprofit leadership in his new role as Board President.
Nat dreams of farming and philosophizing with friends, and seeks future opportunities in both doctoral and consultative work that cultivate equitable, community-based, and land-conscious partnerships. He loves flowers, books, and dancing!
As a husband and father Kyle enjoys spending time surrounded by his family and friends. Cultural and community involvement is an important part of his social life, he is the Chair of the Native Family Advisory Committee at Highline School District. An enrolled member of Standing Rock, and growing up in the He Sapa of South Dakota he grew up surrounded by the Lakota culture. A strong understanding of the importance of Unci Maka and the role we play in the world has heavily influencing his life. We are but a part of the world we live in. Career wise he is in the construction industry as a principle at Holaday Parks a mechanical contracting company involved in the high rise residential, student housing, medical, office and manufacturing sectors. He specializes in contract negotiations and client relations. Considered an expert in his field, he has mentored many successful Project Managers, foreman, and estimators, as well as being invited to speak at WSU. Having completed a 5-year apprenticeship in Local 66 Sheetmetal workers, and attended University of Washington contract Law and negotiations has provided a well-rounded insight into labor and management strategy. There is much in the world to do, many beautiful people to meet, and it is a pleasure to wake up each day to smell the fresh air, see the sun, hear the birds, hear the waves, hear the sound of laughter, and see smiles on people’s faces.
Sheila Brown believes in personal and societal transformation, sustainability and simple living, and the arts as a way to celebrate, build and heal communities. In her work life (currently as Education Program Supervisor at Camp Long), Sheila’s passions include environmental restoration, cross-cultural and multi-cultural understanding, outdoor recreation and science. Sheila has also developed and managed programs and facilities, and promoted public-private partnerships. In her personal life, her interests include choral and acoustic music, Buddhism and other spiritual traditions, exploring awareness through the body, history and new developments in science, and spending time with friends and her border terrier. Sheila is tri-lingual and has lived and traveled throughout Latin America and Europe.
Christian believes that words are powerful, and often thrown about with little respect for their worth. He looks through a lens that sees personal transformation as a key to building healthy communities. Christian has spent a majority of his career in retail, marketing, sales, and education. Most recently, he worked for Amazon where he assisted in launching their first offline retail Pop-Up shops. Christian is a certified yoga instructor, a Big Brother, and in his free time enjoys going to the park with Gabriel (pug), dancing, studying himself, and hypothesizing ways to create bridges between nature and industry. Christian believes that with the right combination of strategy, and grit, you can achieve anything you set out to do.