Our Team

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Mark Manuel

Outreach and Engagement Administrator



Mark Mark connects with residents, service providers and community leaders to build sustainable relationships.

Mark worked in the nonprofit and education sectors for almost two decades, including stints in Japan and Cambodia that gave him a global perspective. Working in South Seattle reinforced for him the importance of a local perspective too. Mark connects residents, service providers and community leaders to reveal community issues and collective solutions.

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Elaine Acacio

Diversity and Inclusion Administrator



Elaine supports and implements initiatives that promote diversity, equity and inclusion in the city's training, hiring and contracting. Elaine also works to ensure language access at Bellevue.

Prior to joining the Diversity Advantage team, Elaine worked in higher education and international development, including a 13-year tenure in Latin America. Elaine works to enhance policies and practices related to equity. She also has trained staff to be more culturally aware.

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Blayne Amson

ADA/Title VI Civil Rights Administrator



Blayne works to ensure access and equity for residents of Bellevue with disabilities, as well as to promote inclusion for all residents.

Blayne has worked in nonprofit and higher education for over 12 years, focusing on issues related to disability awareness, inclusion and capacity-building. He has developed and facilitated comprehensive trainings that spurred organizational change through the adoption of anti-ableist ideologies and a commitment to disability justice.

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