Team

Board of Directors

Larry Ward, President

Larry Ward joined the Wayfind Board of Directors in 2012 and is currently the Board President.  Larry is an international business attorney focusing on U.S. national security law, international trade compliance law and licensing.  Larry is a Partner in the corporate department in the Seattle office of Dorsey & Whitney LLP. Larry helps government contractors, technology, manufacturing, retail, service, hospitality, biotech and other companies involved in international trade understand and comply with various complicated U.S. regulatory schemes in a cost-effective manner so that they can avoid the monetary, criminal and other penalties and reputational damage faced when those regulations are violated.  Larry is actively involved in numerous professional and volunteer activities and, in addition to his involvement with Wayfind, currently serves as a Steering Group Member of the Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee of the ABA Section of International Law and of the Orange Country Aerospace and Defense Forum, a Board Member of Treehouse, the Vice Chair of the Membership Committee of the King County Bar Association and a Board Member of the Saint Joseph School Parent Association Board.  Larry was honored as a 40 Under Forty award recipient by the Puget Sound Business Journal in 2013.

Mike Allen, Vice President

Mike Allen joined the Wayfind Board of Directors in 2011 and served as Board President from 2013 – 2015. Currently, Mike is the principal attorney at the law firm of Advenienz Legal PLLC.  Prior to completing law school, Mike worked as an immigration paralegal at Microsoft Corporation and for boutique private immigration practices. Mike also lived and worked in Israel for eight years, and during that period he served for five years on the board of an Israeli non-profit organization focused on charitable outreach and assistance programs help Israelis, Palestinians and other members of the community. Although a Silicon Valley native, Mike loves the Pacific Northwest and enjoys fly fishing, tennis, international travel and spending time with his wife and three children.

Claire White, Secretary

Claire White joined the Wayfind Board of Directors in 2015.  Claire currently serves as Board Secretary and Chair of the Board Development Committee. Claire is a senior associate at K&L Gates LLP and a member of the corporate practice group. Her practice focuses on the representation of public and private companies and investors in a range of corporate, securities and business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, financings and joint ventures. Her experience also includes formation and funding of emerging and growth companies, private equity investments, tender offers, and secured financing transactions, as well as advising public companies on a range of issues, including SEC compliance and corporate governance matters.

Jason Kuzma, Treasurer

Jason Kuzma joined the Wayfind Board of Directors in 2009 and is currently the Board Treasurer. Jason helped create and is a volunteer Supervising Attorney for WAACO’s Microenterprise Legal Clinic. He is a partner in the Environment, Energy & Resources (EER) group. He has acted as counsel to major utilities, investment banks, renewable energy developers, independent power producers, and large customers of electricity. He has advised and represented clients in a variety of contexts, including the drafting and negotiation of power purchase agreements, selling and buying environmental attributes (e.g., renewable energy certificates and verified emission reductions), energy-related litigation, transmission issues, and regulatory proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Bonneville Power Administration, and state utility regulatory bodies.

Laura Baumann

Laura Baumann joined the Wayfind Board of Directors in May of 2015.  Laura has broad experience in corporate law, including bank and corporate mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, and 1934 Act reporting and compliance requirements. Laura also represents clients in corporate governance, corporate formation, and general business and securities matters. She has represented both public and private companies in a cross section of industries, including food and beverage, technology, banking, and fisheries.

Prior to joining Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, Laura was a Partner at Impact Law Group from 2012 to 2013 and was a senior Associate in the business transactions group at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP from 2004 to 2011. Prior to moving to Seattle, she was an Associate in the corporate securities group at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in New York.

Stan Brown

Stan Brown joined the Wayfind Board in 2014 and chairs the Microenterprise Committee. He is the Chief Operating Officer of Water for Humans, a nonprofit that has used the services of Wayfind in the past. Water for Humans provides low-cost, clean water and sanitation solutions to underserved populations while ensuring that water remains a local, public resource. He first became involved with Wayfind in 2010 when Water for Humans became a Wayfind client seeking legal assistance in becoming a 501(C)3 organization. Since then, Wayfind has also helped Water for Humans obtain legal aid with nondisclosure and cooperation agreement contracts. Before Water for Humans, Stan spent twenty-nine years working in the computer industry as a systems engineer for IBM and as a technical manager (systems engineering and network operations) for AccessLine Technologies.

Nick Harper-Smith

Nick joined the Wayfind Board in 2015. Nick is an associate at the law firm Foster Pepper PLLC and is a member of the firm’s Investment Management practice. He provides a broad range of transactional services, which include alternative investments, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, joint ventures, corporate governance and general corporate matters. His primary concentration is on alternative investments across a variety of fund types for both public and private institutional investors.

Julia Kellison

Julia Kellison joined the Wayfind Board of Directors in 2006 and chairs the Low-Income Focus Committee. Julia is an attorney at Northwest Justice Project (NJP). From 1999-2005, Julia practiced in the areas of consumer law, education law, housing, benefits and family law at NJP’s Everett office. Since 2005, she has practiced consumer and education law at NJP’s Seattle office. Her consumer practice includes representing victims of debt collection abuses and predatory lending (payday loans, mortgages, fraud in auto sales & financing), among other areas. Her education practice includes representing students with disabilities who have been denied classroom accommodations or services, and students who have been wrongfully suspended or expelled. Julia is on the Executive Committee of the Washington State Bar Association’s Antitrust, Consumer Protection and Unfair Business Practices Section.

Rosa Kim

Rosa Kim joined the Wayfind Board in May 2015. Rosa is an Associate General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation, and currently provides support for the Microsoft Devices Group. She previously managed the legal teams responsible for Bing Search, MSN, Bing Applications and many other Microsoft consumer online services and products. Rosa’s practice has focused on supporting a wide variety of strategic initiatives, commercial and IP-related transactions, and counseling on a broad range of issues (including privacy, copyright, trade secret, promotions, and compliance matters) related to product development and marketing activities. She has been active in diversity and pro bono initiatives within the Microsoft Legal and Corporate Affairs Department.

David Lawson

David Lawson joined the Wayfind Board in 2013.  David is an associate at Davis Wright Tremaine and advises clients on matters related to tax exemption and charitable giving. He represents tax-exempt organizations, their donors, and businesses seeking to contribute to their communities. His areas of focus include acquisition and maintenance of tax-exempt status; corporate governance, including executive compensation issues; compliance with rules governing private foundations and donor-advised funds; cause marketing, including commercial co-venture regulation; corporate giving programs; unrelated business income tax issues; and IRS examinations. His  clients include major health care and educational organizations; corporations engaged in charitable giving and cause marketing; corporate, family, and community foundations; trade associations; and major social service providers

Stephanie Meier

Stephanie joined the Wayfind Board in 2014.  Stephanie is an associate at Stoel Rives in the Corporate group and focuses her practice in the area of food and beverage law. She advises alcohol beverage industry clients in all aspects of state and federal licensing and permitting, post-licensing regulatory compliance, local and national marketing promotions (including state and federal regulatory limitations and alternative structures), state and federal label and packaging compliance, state and federal tax issues (including TTB audits), contracts (including alternating proprietorships and leases), and distribution issues. She also has experience with corporate issues related to alcohol beverage industry clients and conducting trademark searches and advising clients regarding clearance.

Diana Singleton

Diana Singleton, joined the Wayfind Board of Directors in 2010 and serves as the Chair of the Fundraising Committee.  Diana has worked for almost 15 years on equal justice issues for marginalized and underserved individuals and communities. She started her career as an attorney at Northwest Justice Project representing low-income consumers, survivors of domestic violence and recipients of public benefits and collaborating with other nonprofit organizations and government agencies to improve access to justice. Currently, Diana works as the Director of Seattle University School of Law’s Access to Justice Institute which prepares law students for a lifetime of furtherance of justice in the law.

Laura Klein

Laura Epler Klein joined the Wayfind Board of Directors in 2016.  Laura is an associate at DLA Piper LLP in the corporate and securities group.  Her practice concentrates on securities and corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and public company reporting and general corporate counseling, with a focus on representation of startup companies and venture capital investors.  Her pro bono practice focuses on advising nonprofit organizations with respect to formation, corporate governance, and tax-exemption.

Sandrine Espie

Sandrine joined the Wayfind Board in January 2017. Sandrine is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Muses a Non Profit offering extensive apparel production training programs for low-income immigrant and refugee communities. Located in Seattle, Muses advocates for a more responsible apparel manufacturing industry. Sandrine first became involved with Wayfind in 2012, when Muses received legal assistance in becoming a 501(C)3 organization. As a community advocate and organizer, Sandrine witnesses the need within the communities she serves for fostering access to affordable legal business services to small business owners, low-income individuals or start-up non-profit.

Before founding Muses, Sandrine worked several years in France – where she is originally from – as a caseworker and an HR consultant. Sandrine moved to the US to work on the promotion of the Young Entrepreneurship Initiative program (YEI) at the French Consulate in Boston and completed an MPA from Seattle University with a focus on public policies, global development issues, and NPO management.

Staff

Jodi Nishioka, Executive Director

Jodi Nishioka joined Wayfind in 2011. She has worked for over 20 years on behalf of low-income communities, particularly women, children and immigrant/refugee communities. She started her career as an attorney advocating for battered immigrant women and single mothers fighting for child support in legal aid organizations in Boston and Honolulu. Jodi continued her work on behalf of disenfranchised communities within state and city governments in Hawaii and Seattle and later with grassroots nonprofit organizations. Currently, Jodi enjoys her work at Wayfind because it combines her legal skills with her dedication to improving the status of low-income communities. She believes in Wayfind’s mission of increasing community development and capacity through its support of nonprofits and microenterprise businesses. Jodi is also on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Funding Alliance and enjoys practicing yoga, golfing and spending time with her family.

Brenda Tausch Lapora, Staff Attorney

Brenda joined Wayfind in 2015. She has a background in civil legal aid, veterans law, and assisting nonprofits with transactional matters. Prior to joining Wayfind, Brenda launched the military Discharge Upgrade Clinic for the Urban Justice Center’s Veteran Advocacy Project in New York City, and she represented veterans in veterans’ benefits and military discharge upgrade cases. She first started assisting low-income individuals and communities as an attorney on the Northwest Justice Project’s CLEAR legal hotline. Brenda also has experience teaching Ethiopian law students at Haramaya University, where she lived for six months. She has served on the Board of Directors of six nonprofits, and is currently on the Seattle Globalist’s Board. Brenda is also a part-time faculty member for the University of Washington’s Communication Leadership graduate program.

Christopher McCauley, Staff Attorney

Chris joined Wayfind in 2017. As a certified public accountant and transactional attorney, he brings a background in accounting, finance and law to Wayfind. His legal practice focused on assisting nonprofit hospitals, universities and local governments in raising funds through tax-exempt municipal bonds. During his legal career, he saw a need to increase access to legal services for microenterprises in low-income communities. Chris then moved to Silicon Valley to develop an online platform dedicated to providing affordable legal and other business services to those communities. From there, he moved to Seattle and continued consulting microenterprises while also helping both Puget Sound Energy and Starbucks Corporation address technical accounting issues. Chris learned about Wayfind and its mission during its first social event and signed up to be a volunteer attorney. He joined Wayfind’s team to continue his focus on helping microenterprises and nonprofits fulfill legal and other business needs. In his spare time, Chris helps amateur and professional athletes understand the legal and financial implications of certain investment opportunities and other business decisions.