I'm a network weaver. I help people become superheroes by the community engagement strategy of LEARNING, VOLUNTEERING, ADVOCATING, GIVING, and COORDINATING. Professionally, I help research and educate about what it's like to be poor in our Skagit County communities, especially in the context of the housing affordability and homelessness crisis; how to volunteer to meet immediate needs; how to advocate on public policy to change power for long-term solutions; how to financially invest wisely in common strategies; and how organizations and sectors can better collaborate in coalitions and community initiatives. I've taught nonprofit management and program planning and evaluation at the University of Wyoming, Snowy Range Nonprofit Institute, and Western Washington University's Human Services Program. In my free time, I serve on the national board of directors for the human rights organization Amnesty International USA; the Community Development Advisory Board of the City of Bellingham; and on the state association for Volunteer Centers of Washington. My community includes bowling on league every Thursday night, and co-production of mind-bending Halloween performance art every year. One of my personal goals is to build the pipeline of new, young and diverse nonprofit board members in Skagit and Whatcom Counties, as a training ground for our future local, state and national elected officials. So far, it's working.
A place I love in the Salish Sea region: The Skagit and Whatcom County communities. People who are making a difference learning about anti-poverty and housing issues, volunteering to meet immediate needs, advocating for longer-term public policy solutions, donating time and money for all of the above, and coordinating coalitions and initiatives to get shit done.