A Business Improvement Area (BIA) provides a mechanism for property owners and business to collectively obtain the improvements they want to see in their district.  The SODO BIA was created under the auspices of the City of Seattle in 2014. The mission of the SODO BIA is to Advocate for a Safe, Clean and Moving SODO, for the benefit of property owners, businesses, tenants, employees and patrons of the SODO district.

The SODO BIA is guided by the Ratepayer’s Advisory Board which is comprised of members representative of the varying sizes, types and locations of business and property owners in the district and includes business tenants, MIC members and a Port of Seattle representative.

Erin Goodman


A Seattle native, Erin came to the SODO BIA from the U District Partnership where she administered the U District BIA and produced the annual U District StreetFair. With a Master’s in Public Administration, Erin is committed to being an ardent advocate for SODO businesses and assisting them in developing a vibrant business district in SODO that is Safe, Clean and Moving. Erin can be reached at 206-294-3285 or and is eager to set up a time to meet and learn about your business.

Danielle Koontz


Danielle joined the SODO BIA in August of 2016 as the Program Coordinator. She is a graduate from Washington State University with a degree in Strategic Communication. Before joining the SODO BIA, she held positions doing community outreach, social media and marketing communication. She loves working in the unique district of SODO and getting to interact with all the diverse businesses. Danielle can be reached at 206-294-3285 or


Todd Biesold

Todd Biesold


Chief Financial Officer, Merlino Foods

Todd is the CFO of Merlino Foods, a specialty broad-line foodservice distributor based in Seattle, Washington. Born and raised in Seattle, Biesold grew up working in Merlino Foods. After earning his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in public accounting from Gonzaga University and passing the CPA examination, Todd  attended the University of Washington School of Law, earned his J.D. and passed the Washington State Bar exam. Upon graduation from Law School Biesold worked as a tax professional at KPMG Peat Marwick. In 1991 Biesold rejoined Merlino Foods on a full time basis and helped to grow the company into a major foodservice distributor in Western Washington.

KIma Yandall



President, Katwall, Inc.

Kima is the President of Katwall, Inc., a commercial steel studs and drywall company who has been based out of SODO since 2002. She has been working in the SODO area since 1994. She is very dedicated to SODO and is honored and excited to be part of the SODO BIA Ratepayer Advisory Board, with high expectations of change to the Safety, Cleanliness and Traffic flow in SODO.

Alex Cooley

Co-founder, Solstice

Alex is the co-founder of Solstice the first cannabis brand in Washington State, that built the first permitted cultivation facility, operating still to this day in the SODO. Having lived two thirds of his life in King County and a decade in Seattle, his love for our home shows in his personal and professional actions. He has helped to create the state’s largest cannabis trade association and sitting on multiple boards while working on environmental and homelessness issues. Alex has used his CWU education degree to teach legislators & regulators from the city to international level how to create and implement productive policy.

Kelly Cudworth

President, Nuleaf Office Solutions

Kelly took over his father’s company in 2014, which has been in SODO since 1975. Kelly currently serves on the board of Seattle Executives Associates, Junior Achievements of WA and was the proud recipient of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 under 40 award in 2015. Kelly is a graduate at Western Washington University and has most recently taken his father’s company The Cartridge Family through a transformation and re-branding to NuLeaf Office Solutions. Kelly’s roots grow deep in SODO and the Seattle business community. He is anxious to work with other business leaders and tenants to help better SODO, Seattle and our local economy.

Sally Del Fierro


Director, Community Engagement,
Port of Seattle

Sally has worked in Port of Seattle Public Affairs since 1999 and currently serves as the senior manager of community engagement, overseeing outreach, events, education, and community relations. She has been actively involved in SODO area activities since 2000. She has served on the board of Urban ArtWorks, the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the Seattle Propeller Club and has been actively engaged in south harbor community relations and projects including the NW Ports Clean Air Strategy, the Truck Parking work group, the Lower Duwamish Waterway Group, and the EPA’s Duwamish Community Involvement.

William Lavaris

Director of Finance – Buffalo Industries LLC and Buffalo Investment Co

Wil is the Controller for Buffalo Industries LLC, a wholesale distributor of cleaning and maintenance products based in Seattle, as well as Buffalo Investment Co, which oversees five commercial warehouses in SODO.  Wil earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Washington and his MBA from Seattle University.  Besides safety and security in SODO, where he’s worked for eight years, Wil is very concerned with mobility, both professionally as a heavy importer, and personally as a West Seattle resident

Andre Lucero


President, Western Neon

Andre is the President of Western Neon and has been working in SODO since 2004. Andre currently serves on the Northwest Sign Council Board and Junior Achievement Young Professional Council. He has the privilege of working with and engaging members of the community through iconic signs and neon art. When Andre is not in SODO, you can find him spending time with his wife or coaching soccer and baseball to his two extremely active sons.

Regina Menssen

Property Manager – Prologis, Inc.

Regina has been in the commercial real estate industry for 14 years. Regina has been with Prologis, a world-wide leader in industrial real estate, since 2004. As Prologis’ portfolio in SODO has expanded, so has her desire to get involved and be a part of this fast-paced, eclectic community. She is very excited to bring her real estate knowledge and passion for service to the SODO board.

Effie True Gleason

Vice President Marketing- Gull Industries, Inc.

Effie is the Vice President of Marketing at Gull Industries. She is the third generation to work at Gull and is currently overseeing marketing and operations for Canvas Event Space. Gull Industries has been based out of SODO for over 35 years and value their deep roots in the community. Originally a petroleum marketing company with wholesale and retail fuel operations, Gull’s business operations now consist of a commercial real estate portfolio with several properties in the SODO neighborhood as well as throughout the Pacific Northwest. Effie also serves on the Kindering Board, Vital Voices NW and at her children’s school.

Darrell Sanders


Property Manager, American Life, Inc.

Darrell has over twenty years of commercial real estate and business brokerage experience. He currently serves as a property manager for American Life, overseeing nearly forty commercial and industrial buildings in the SODO neighborhood. He also owns Blackbird Cityscapes, a commercial services contractor company that maintains many SODO area properties and businesses.  A lifelong Seattle resident, Darrell has witnessed first-hand the challenges and changes that face SODO business and land owners and hopes to bring his experience and skills to the BIA.

Michae Scruggs


Founding Member, Schlemlein, Goetz,
Fick & Scruggs, PLLC.

Michael has been diligently and successfully representing clients in the Northwest for over two decades.  Michael’s broad range of experience includes litigation on behalf of companies and individuals in the areas of business, insurance, real estate, contracts, construction, personal injury, shareholder and LLC member disputes as well as many other areas.  In addition to his litigation and trial experience, Michael regularly handles transactional matters such as business purchase and sale agreements, real estate transactions, business entity formations, contracts, leases etc.


Safe SODO: Security, Safety and Prevention

  • Maintain contract with SPD for off-duty patrols to address chronic issues in SODO.
  • Maintain contract security to provide roving visual security patrols at peak employee transit times.
  • Continue partnerships with all police and public agencies to provide a safe and secure SODO district.

Clean SODO: Clean, Beautify and Activate

  • Continue to deploy tailgating stations, dumpster/honeybucket, at key tailgating locations around SODO for all Seahawks home games and other large events as needed.
  • Maintain contract for street sweeping services on a regular basis.
  • Continued investment in mural program to address chronic graffiti and beautify the district.
  • Maintain contract for quarterly litter and trash clean up solutions.

Move SODO: Transportation, Mobility and Safety

  • Continue to develop partnerships with key City, County and State agencies to address identified transportation issues in SODO.
  • Continue the partnership with SDOT to improve road conditions and signage throughout SODO.
  • Develop and implement updated SODO Wayfinding Plan.
  • Continue to advocate for efficient and improved freight mobility.

Advocate SODO: Communication, Outreach and Advocacy

  • Communicate BIA priorities and advocate with the City and other governmental agencies for the benefit of SODO ratepayers.
  • Ratepayer outreach and communication through the website, newsletter, social media and individual meetings.
  • Produce a schedule of events to provide networking and educational opportunities to SODO business and property owners.

2017 Work Plan

2017 Budget


The SODO Business Improvement Area is more than just one person or organization, it is a collaboration of businesses, property owners and the City of Seattle working together to create lasting change in the our shared district, SODO.  Effectively addressing the issues of the district requires the participation of ratepayers to create a shared vision of the district.  Interested in getting involved? Consider  participating in one of our program area Committees.

1.  Communications & Outreach

Responsible for developing the communications and marketing plan for the SODO BIA, to include, website, newsletter, social media, events and other avenues of outreach.

2. Transportation

This committee works to develop the SODO BIA’s transportation initiatives and works closely with the Duwamish TMA to develop understanding of transportation issues in the District.

3. Clean & Safe

Responsible for identifying crime and disorder hotspots, chronic cleanliness issues and overseeing the contractors who address these issues.

For more information on these committees and other ways to get involved: Erin Goodman, Executive Director, 206-294-3285,

Map of BIA Boundaries (PDF)