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Staff

East African Community Services is growing with an energetic, strong team of professionals.

Faisal Jama, Executive Director

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Faisal Jama graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He honed his management skills working at Gray Matters Capital as a Investment Analyst in Atlanta and India. Faisal serves on the Steering Committee for the South East Seattle Education Coalition and is also a member of the Youth Development Executives of King County. He has been active in the East African community throughout his life, and spent several years as an EACS volunteer. Faisal is determined to build EACS’s program strength and developing the organization’s effectiveness and efficiency. 

Contact Faisal: faisal@eastafricancs.org


Shontia Copeland-Walton, K-5 Program Manager

Shontia is originally from Flint, Michigan. When she was 11 years old her mom moved her small family to Washington state. Shontia Copeland-Walton graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Family Studies with a minor in Diversity. Shontia is very passionate about education and working with under-served youth. She tutored and mentored under-served students for four years as an undergraduate at the University of Washington. After graduating from UW, Shontia worked for UW Pipeline Project which is an outreach program for seattle K-12 under-served students. Shontia joined the E.A.C.S. team as a Kindergarten Teacher for our Summer Program. She enjoyed working with the kids and getting to know the community. She is excited to be the K-5 Program Manager so she can be more involved!

Contact Shontia: shontia@eastafricancs.org


Kristopher Green, 6-12 Program Manager

Kristopher Green comes to EACS after spending the last seven years in various youth education roles within Seattle Public Schools.  He started his career in youth education in Seattle in 2009 with the YMCA as an instructor with the Community Learning Center at West Seattle Elementary School located in the High Point neighborhood.  Since then he has worked in several different capacities within SPS ranging from Program Director to Student & Family Advocate.  Directly before joining the staff of EACS Kris worked with Special Education students at Denny International Middle School.  Kristopher has a passion and desire to see youth reach their highest level of emotional and academic growth and spends time working at Ryther Child Center with youth who have survived traumatic experiences in life.  Kristopher was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN and finds the large East African community here in Seattle to be as warm and inviting as the ones he remembers back home.  He studied English at the University of Detroit-Mercy and enjoys creative writing in his spare time.

Contact Kristopher: kristopher@eastafricancs.org


Kristine Maramot, Operations Coordinator/Rainier Valley Corps Fellow

Kristine Maramot was born in Guam but later moved to Singapore when she was 12 years old. A Third Culture Kid at heart, she eventually moved to the Pacific Northwest to attend the University of Washington where she studied American Ethnic Studies and Diversity. Kristine was very active in many student organizations at UW especially with the Filipino American Student Association (FASA). She comes to EACS through Rainier Valley Corps in hopes to build the organization’s capacity. Serving the community has always played a role in her life. Kristine believes in fostering leadership especially within youth. In her spare time, she loves to go on food adventures and collects Starbucks mugs and Funko Pop Vinyl Figures.  

Contact Kristine: kristine@eastafricancs.org