The Spokane Alliance has various leadership structures that help guide our direction.  These include:

  • Delegate Assembly- consisting of voting delegates from each member institution, setting the direction for the Spokane Alliance's organizing work.


  • Strategy Team - an active committee of the Delegate Assembly, provides leadership and guidance between gatherings. This team is responsible for guiding and implementing the strategy of the organization. Current Strategy Team members are:

Ana Trusty, Mujeres in Action

Brian Walter, Sheet Metal Workers Local 55

Jason Benway, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 73

Jim Dawson, Fuse Washington

Jody Shapiro, Congregation Emanu-El

Mary Lou Johnson, Inland Northwest Unitarian Universalist Community

Kathryn Garras, Refugee Connections

Laurel Fish, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare 1199NW

Luc Jasmin, Parkview Early Learning Center

Dr. Luis Manriquez, Health Equity Circle

Rev. Andy CastroLang, Westminster UCC

Shelby Berkompas, Transitions

Sheila Collins, Fuse Washington


  • Research Action Teams - guide our issue work. These volunteers leaders do all the work of researching an issue with experts in the field, focusing and planning a concrete and winnable campaign which they then ratify with the Delegate Assembly. Check out our campaigns page for more information about our current work.


  • Institutional Leaders Caucus -  a gathering of the institutional staff who are primarily responsible for the well-being of their organizations. Clergy and union staff gather to have conversations with each other about how to understand their larger role in society and how organizing through the Spokane Alliance can help further their institution’s values and goals.


  • Board of Directors -The Spokane Alliance is a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization that is a network of member institutions with a governing Board of Directors that includes elected officers. The Spokane Alliance works closely with the Spokane Alliance United, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, with a separate Board of Directors. Both Boards are responsible for their organization’s financial oversight, organizational function, and fundraising. The Spokane Alliance Board is also responsible for personnel. Current Board members are:

Spokane Alliance Board

Mary Lou Johnson, President, Inland Northwest Unitarian Universalist Community

Mike Bell, Treasurer, Fuse Washington

Katy Shedlock, Secretary/Vice President, West Central Abbey

Matt Chapman, At Large, Iron Workers Local 14

At Large - Seat Vacant

Spokane Alliance United Board

Jason Benway, President, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 73

Kimmy Meinecke, Secretary/Vice President, St. David’s Episcopal Church

Mike Bell, Treasurer, Fuse Washington

Katie Haney, At Large, West Central Development Project

Mary Lou Johnson, At Large, Inland Northwest Unitarian Universalist Community