Our Executive Director



A New




as Fearless Ideas welcomes Kristin Leong, M.Ed. as our new Executive Director! Get to know Kristin below by checking out her biography, watching a short video, reading an interview, or downloading an Electronic Press Kit replete with an official press release announcing her hiring, and press photos.

KRISTIN LEONG, M.Ed. is the publisher of ROCK PAPER RADIO, a newsletter for misfits and unlikely optimists. Most recently, she was the Community Engagement Producer with NPR-affiliate KUOW Public Radio where she also curated and edited personal essays showcasing diverse voices for the Seattle Story Project series. Prior to working in public radio, Leong was a curator with Town Hall Seattle and a public middle school Humanities teacher. She served three terms as a Washington State Teacher Leader.  


As one of 30 international TED-Ed Innovative Educators of 2017, she founded, a global portrait and storytelling project humanizing the culture gaps in schools. ROLL CALL has been used in classrooms around the world to fuel conversations about equity and representation. Her portrait photography project HALF: Biracial + Bicultural in America was nominated for USA Today's Outstanding Academic & Intellectual Endeavor Award. As a senior at Sarah Lawrence College, the New York Times called her a "graduate already in the driver's seat." She is a 2021 AIR New Voices scholar, a recipient of The Slants Foundation's 2020 Countering Hate Award, and a 2020 Seattle Mayor's Arts Award nominee.


Originally from Honolulu, Leong has lived in Seattle since 2003. She shares her home with her wife, son, 23 houseplants, and a rescue doodle named Radley. Find her on Instagram @leongstagram, on Twitter @kristinleong, on SoundCloud at, and subscribe to her newsletter at


You can also reach out to Kristin by email at 

"To me, community support means genuinely caring... and then being strategic, joyful, and tireless in
the ways that we turn that care into action."

-Kristin Leong, 
Fearless Ideas Exec. Dir.

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Read an Interview with Kristin

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Download the Executive Director Hiring Announcement Electronic Press Kit  (EPK)

Click on the icon to download an Electronic Press Kit replete with Official Press Release and Publicity Photos!