Deanna Leung Madden
Chief Matchmaker

Deanna is the founder of Local Seattle. A Seattle native, she grew up in Beacon Hill, graduated from the University of Washington, and currently lives in Ballard with her husband, 3-year old twins, 4-year old daughter, and 8-year old dog. She previously lived in Queen Anne, Bellevue, and Issaquah. Prior to Local Seattle, Deanna led corporate marketing departments at two successful technology startups and co-founded Buzz Builders, a boutique public relations firm that worked exclusively with early-stage Internet companies. Although Seattle’s weather sometimes drives her to travel somewhere sunny during the winter and spring months, Deanna wouldn’t live anywhere else because she appreciates being so close to the water and mountains. She also loves Seattle’s sports and theater scenes, its restaurants, and the diverse communities of people that truly define the city and lifestyle.

MARY KIM
HEADMISTRESS

Mary is Local Seattle's school expert. She lives in Medina with her husband, 12 year-old son, 14 year-old daughter, 16 year-old son, 6 year-old Yorkie, and various other critters. Prior to Local Seattle, she worked in corporate and medical sales as well as various roles in the education sector where she helped drive textbook adoption, select a new superintendent, and create a Spanish immersion school. Her career has given her the opportunity to live in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Northern California but she is happy to be back in the Pacific Northwest. Mary is an active leader in the PTA and has vast experience with the gifted and GATE programs, school selection process, extracurricular activities, and curriculum changes. She is active in the Bellevue Schools Foundation and currently serves on the Bellevue School District Instructional Materials Committee. Mary loves that Seattle offers her amazing cultural events and culinary gems -- all wrapped up in fleece. 

IOLANTHE CHAN MCCARTHY
HOUSE HUNTER

Iolanthe leads Local Seattle's real estate team. She lives in Kennydale (near the Seahawks training camp!) with her husband, 11-year old son and 9-year old daughter.  A Seattle native, Iolanthe grew up in Beacon Hill and graduated from Washington State University.  She has over 20 years of real estate experience, purchasing and selling over $800 million dollars worth of homes in the Seattle area. Iolanthe is the founder of Urban Pacific Real Estate, a boutique brokerage firm with experienced agents who specialize in sought-after neighborhoods throughout the Greater Seattle area. When Iolanthe isn’t buying and selling homes for her clients, she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends. An avid basketball fan, she is anxiously awaiting the return of the Seattle Supersonics. 

NATASHA ALIM GOUD
LOCAL INSIDER

Natasha lives in Los Altos with her husband, 3-year-old and 6-year-old sons. Prior to the Bay Area, she lived in Seattle for nine years until her husband accepted a position at Amazon's Bay Area office in 2016. While in Seattle, she lived in Queen Anne, Wallingford, and had a short stint in Redmond. Natasha grew up in Los Angeles, and has lived on the East Coast, Midwest, India, Seattle and now the Bay Area. Although she loves the Bay Area, she misses Seattle's affordable housing, cost of living, natural beauty, and road-tripping around the Pacific Northwest and Canada.

JOE JEANNOT
UNOFFICIAL MAYOR

Joe lives in West Seattle with his wife, 4-year-old son, 6-year-old daughter, 15-year-old son, 17-year-old son, and 6-year-old dog.  A true Seattle native, Joe grew up on Capitol Hill and studied at Washington State University.  For over 30 years, he has been in Seattle’s restaurant and hospitality scene, working with the hottest chefs and bartenders in the Northwest. Nicknamed, ‘The Mayor of Seattle’, Joe loves Seattle, the people, the food scene, the beautiful outdoors and his beloved Seattle Seahawks.