Rick Newell, MUST’s founder and current Executive Director, is keenly aware of the need for leadership that accurately reflects the population that is being served. Planning and creation of curriculum and events are developed by the Area Director and mentors. Newell desires to lead MUST to the point that it is serving African American, Latinx, Pacific Islander and Native American youth and young adult mentors with a staff and leadership team which represents each of these groups. Newell then intends step down as Executive Director and hand the leadership of MUST over to a person of color to guide it in the next chapter of its history.
Rick Newell, Executive Director / Founder
Rick Newell had a good career in technology working at companies like Microsoft, Sun Microsystems and Cingular. Rick, however, felt he wanted to try something different. Instead, he went to work at the Rotary Boys & Girls Club in the Central District of Seattle. Newell applied the same work ethic he gave in the corporate world to the kids at the club. The result was the youth he mentored won 9 national awards from a pool of a 2 million kids over a 7 year period. From his 7 years at the Boys & Girls Club Newell came to firmly believe that the need of the hour in the urban core is positive near-peer male role models. Rick is happily married to his wife, Rebecca, and loves being a dad to his four boys. They live a block off of Rainier Avenue and close to those they serve.
Kelvin Washington, Area Director
Kelvin Washington Jr., a native of Houston has a simple motto; “serve to save.” Kelvin believes the foundation of hope begins with positive relationships. His sole purpose in life is to provide hope through building meaningful connections, all while being hyperaware for the African American male. Kelvin holds a M.Ed from the University of Washington in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on African American males in European classrooms. Kelvin earned an Environmental Education Certificate from IslandWood located on Bainbridge Island, where he was the first African American male graduate and holds a B.A. degree from Howard University.
Current MUST Staff