Tech Moves: CEO resigns; Redfin adds board member; Radian taps strategy exec

Nicholas Merriam. ( photo)

— Nicholas Merriam steps down as chief engagement officer of

Launched in 2018, is led by some of the largest technology companies in the Seattle area. It wants to connect employees in the technical sector with social life. It focuses on issues such as housing affordability, climate change, transportation infrastructure, and digital justice. The member companies represent more than 85,000 local employees.

Merriam, co-founder of, said he will join Housing Connector, a Seattle nonprofit that seeks to create equal opportunities for the region’s most vulnerable tenants.

“Building and growing from concept to a respected tech impact brand has been a deeply rewarding experience for me, one that will define the rest of my career,” Merriam wrote in a letter.

Before joining, Merriam was the director of Global Impact Hub.

Abigail Doerr, public affairs and campaign advisor for AD Consulting, will serve as interim CEO.

Other personnel changes in the technology sector in the Pacific Northwest:

Colleen O’Brien, former chief marketing officer for Microsoft’s venture fund M12, joined Seattle clothing rental startup Armoire as chief communications officer. Brad Singer, former chief operating officer at ValueAct Capital and board member at Sweetgreen, joined Redfin’s board of directors. Seattle VC firm Graham & Walker promoted Divya Kakkad to GM of Platform and Rohre Titcomb to venture partner. Boeing has appointed Ted Colbert as CEO and President of Defense, Space & Strategy, and Stephanie Pope as President and CEO of Boeing Global Services. Jeff Matthews, a former specialist leader for Deloitte, joined Radian Aerospace, a commercial aerospace company based in the Seattle area, as Chief Strategy Officer. Ryan Lassi, former marketing leader at Spotify and Red Bull, joined Looking Glass Labs, a Vancouver, BC company that partners with artists to create NFTs, as senior vice president of marketing. Poplar Homes, a Seattle-based real estate management firm, hired former Vacasa President Scott Breon as Chief Strategy Officer.

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