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New Roots Team


Our team is committed to advancing opportunities for immigrants and refugees from around the world through self-employment and financial education. Our approach is client centered; with an open-door policy and ease of access to information, we ensure that every client who walks through our doors is able to explore the option of starting a business.

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Greg Hope
Director of Operations

Greg Hope has spent over 30 years working with immigrants and refugees. He was one of the first in the Puget Sound to provide micro-finance loans to immigrants and refugees through the JumpStart Fund. Greg has dedicated his life to empowering others through meaningful programs and advocacy. 

Kyle Wilke
Self-Sufficiency Advisor

Kyle completed his BA at the University of Washington from the Jackson School for International Studies. He assists clients with technology barriers and searches for opportunities to advance and inform people about the impact New Roots has. He has recently completed a certificate program in Fundraising Management from the University of Washington.

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Sumonnat Rattanakom
Administration Manager

Sumonnat holds an MA from the Earlham School of Religion, an MA from Mahidol University, Thailand and BA in Liberal Arts from Silpakom University, Thailand, and a Financal Management Certificate from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. She has over 20 years of experience providing technical support on government contracts and nonprofit financial management. 

Abid Rahmani
Economic Development Specialist

Abid graduated from Peshawar University with degrees in Law and Political Science. Abid has extensive experience assisting clients with business plans, loan applications and leading trainings. 

Iryna Himbitskaya Corely
Outreach Coordinator

Iryna received her BA in Global Studies and Human Rights at UW and MSc in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. She provides information about our micro-loan programs to community members and connects them to local business resources. 

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