Samara Almonte

Executive Director

Samara Almonte is part of the Michoacan diaspora, raised between the lakes and tierra caliente regions of Michoacan and occupied Coast Salish territory or the Pacific Northwest Coast. Samara identifies as a P’urhepecha descendant reconnecting with her ancestors, which has greatly influenced her work as storyteller and urban planner. She grounds her work in a decolonial framework that uplifts Indigenous self-determination. Samara holds a B.A in Urban Planning and Sustainability Development, with a specialization in Environmental Justice and Education, from Western Washington University. Samara is also a 2018-2019 Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program alumni, from the University of Michigan.

Dario Castellon

Resident Visual Artist

Dario Castellon is a fabulous, constantly transforming Scorpio. Dario was born in a small rural pueblo in Jalisco, Mexico. He is a self proclaimed and self-taught artist inspired by the nature of our environments, our bodies, emotions, and stories through time. He is an old soul at heart who loves the small things that make us smile to ourselves. Dario is the creator of Raices Verdes logo. 

Sofian Mahmoud

Music Producer

Sofian Mahmoud, is a Palestinian-American rapper, producer, and creative born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, or as we acknowledge, Coast Salish peoples land. His stage name, Paliboy, pays homage to his father who is a Palestinian refugee, and encourages him to believe in himself and hustle. His inspiration also stems from his mother’s Welsh side, as his late grandfather taught him piano at a young age, and encouraged his ears to listen and learn. Today, his musical journey is led by an admiration of art and sound, and he pays homage to the olive trees of his ancestors. Sofian is the creator of Raices Verdes’ soundtrack.