The Board

Kelly Sommerfeld is a co-partner and design principle of Ten Penny Studio Design + Construction, a design-build company in the Beacon hill neighborhood of Seattle. Ten Penny is focused on providing thoughtful architectural & building solutions for homeowners, small business owners, and community organizations primarily located in Seattle’s south end. Kelly is working to connect with communities, organizations, and individuals working on affordable housing to explore backyard cottages as a potential housing option and to join in advocacy and outreach efforts on this issue. When not at work, Kelly and Brandon can be found with their son Mac playing in the neighborhood with their community.

Kelly currently serves as the BBA Board Chair.

BBA Board Treasurer Scott Kim

Scott Kim is a Beacon Hill resident and the Director of Portfolio and Lending Servicing at HomeSight. HomeSight promotes social and economic equity to preserve and enhance economically and culturally diverse communities through affordable homeownership, business development, and community advocacy.

Scott serves as the BBA Board Treasurer.

Robert Hinrix is a co-founder of the Beacon Business Alliance and Board Chair ex-officio. Hinrix is a longtime Beacon Hill resident, musician, community advocate/activist, and home business owner of Hinrix Music where he specializes in fine woodworking as a luthier, cabinetmaker and special projects.

Robert currently serves as Board Secretary.

Miguel Maestas is the Housing and Economic Development Director of El Centro de la Raza and has been with El Centro for a total of 19 years. Miguel is actively engaged in community development and organizing communities for advocacy and participation, and has distinguished himself as an effective leader and a respected community organizer.

Miguel has worked in youth services, housing, economic and community development, organizing, administration and education programs for 32 years.  Miguel holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Multicultural Education from the University of New Mexico.

BBA Board Member Karin Paulsen

Karin Paulsen is a longtime Beacon Hill resident and co-owner of Perihelion Brewery. The Perihelion is “named after an object’s closest point to the sun because their house-made food and beers are said to “leave you with a glow.” In addition to its crisp signature brews, Perihelion Brewery smokes all its meats and nuts in-house. The menu spotlights a tasteful curation of flavorful bar food.” (from post – Internationalist)

Michael Charles is a principal owner of Seattle’s political consulting firm CD Strategic, Inc. He lives in Beacon Hill with his wife Toshiko, dog Apollo and cat Kaji. His wife Toshiko is a fourth generation Beacon Hill resident! He’s interested in building political power for BBA and strategies to protect businesses, especially those owned by people of color, facing displacement from the swift changes (good and bad) happening to the neighborhood.

Brian Solazzi is a restaurant owner, builder and specialized mushroom harvester. Brian’s Gohan Station will bring a “modern spin on traditional Japenese Teishoku” to Beacon Hill in fall 2021 with a James Beard Award-nominated chef and locally sourced ingredients in a “deluxe casual dining space unlike another in Seattle.”

Brian’s mandate at his Central Area spot, Humble Pie, has always been modest prices and hyperlocal hires (and customers), as Seattle Times reports: “Solazzi embraces the idea that food should be produced as sustainably and as close as possible to the people who consume it, hence the chickens, as well as the shop’s green roof, where herbs and vegetables are grown.”

Joanne Cha, her three daughters, two cats and 1,346 houseplants live on Beacon Hill. Ms Cha has been a dedicated South Seattle community advocate/activist and liaison for more than a decade. Her most recent small business, The Power Plant Seattle, was established and rooted on Beacon Hill during these pandemic years (est. March 2020). The Power Plant Seattle offers indoor/outdoor plants, gifts, staging & creative workshops for all ages. 

Says Joanne: “I’m looking forward to creatively contributing my ideas and energy to the BBA as my family + business grows alongside this unique community.”