The Rainier Beach Merchants Association is pleased to announce that Phyllis Porter has been recently hired as 2017 Community Business Manager, a part-time position funded by the Seattle Office of Economic Development Only in Seattle grant.
Porter has been a community and open space activist working with groups such as Rainier Valley Greenways,and Cascade Bicycle Club. We first met Phyllis when she worked as a Community Partner with Seattle Department of Transportation through Bike Works for the Safe Routes to Schools program, volunteering for the RBMA signature event STP Hydration Station which is a volunteer event during where Rainier Beach Merchants members and local residents cheer on riders, welcome them to Rainier Beach, and fill their water bottles for the Seattle to Portland Bike Ride Classic. She has been an outspoken street safety advocate, urging the City of Seattle to make improvements on Rainier Ave S, which resulted in a million dollars in funding through the 2017 Let’s Move Seattle Levy.
Porter will have director duties for the RBMA, and will be the lead cheerleader and resource manager of members, as well as being responsible for RBMA events such as Rainier BAAMFest, STP Hydration Station, community and business tours, and the Light Up the Beach Community Challenge.
Porter also has a background in education, public relations, and journalism. She succeeds Maia Segura, who has held the Community Business Manager post since 2013, and assumes her duties immediately.