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Tech Strikes: CEO steps down; Redfin provides board member; Radian faucets technique exec

Nicholas Merriam. ( Photo)

— Nicholas Merriam is stepping down as’s chief engagement officer.

Launched in 2018 and spearheaded by some of the biggest tech companies in the Seattle region, aims to connect tech sector employees with civic life. It focuses on issues such as housing affordability, climate change, transportation infrastructure and digital equity.’s member companies represent more than 85,000 local workers.

Merriam, co-founder of, said he will be joining Housing Connector, a Seattle nonprofit trying to level the playing field for the region’s most vulnerable renters.

“Building and growing from a concept to a respected tech-impact brand has been a deeply rewarding experience for me, one that will shape the rest of my career,” Merriam wrote in a letter.

Before joining, Merriam was the director of Global Impact Hub.

Abigail Doerr, public affairs and campaign consultant for AD Consulting, will serve as the interim CEO.

Other personnel changes across the Pacific Northwest tech industry:

  • Alesha Washington, former project director at the George Gund Foundation, was named Seattle Foundation’s chief executive officer and president.
  • Colleen O’Brien, former chief marketing officer for Microsoft’s venture fund M12, joined Seattle clothing rental startup Armoire as its chief communications officer.
  • Brad Singer, former chief operating officer at ValueAct Capital and a board member at Sweetgreen, joined Redfin’s board of directors.
  • Seattle VC firm Graham & Walker promoted Divya Kakkad to GM of Platform, and Rohre Titcomb to venture partner.
  • Boeing named Ted Colbert as CEO and president of Defense, Space & Strategy, and Stephanie Pope as president and CEO of Boeing Global Services.
  • Jeff Matthews, former specialist leader for Deloitte, joined Radian Aerospace, a commercial aerospace company based in the Seattle region, as its chief strategy officer.
  • Ryan Lassi, former marketing lead at Spotify and Red Bull, joined Looking Glass Labs, a Vancouver, B.C., company that partners with artists to create NFTs, as senior vice president of marketing.
  • Poplar Homes, a property management company with an office in Seattle, hired former Vacasa exec Scott Breon as chief strategy officer.

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