Building/Room: PAVL 110E
My pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Undergraduate alma mater: United States Coast Guard Academy
Graduate alma mater: University of Maine
Favorite place in the city: Hugging the shoreline swimming Lake Washington between Leschi and Madison Beach
Hobbies and interests: Triathlon, Travel, Outdoor Adventures, Board/Card Games, and Reading
Collegiate internship and job after graduation: US Coast Guard Capitol Hill Intern; Weapons Officer on board a USCG Medium Endurance Cutter
Best piece of career advice I received: You work for them - not the other way around
How I lead a life of purpose and impact: Bringing my authentic self into every interaction; putting a strong value/priority on time for family, fun, sleep, fitness, nutrition, and professional development; striving to bring out the best in those around me as a renewable source of inspiration; and laughing
My social justice areas of focus: Serving Veterans, Literacy, Well-being, and Animal Welfare
Associate Director of External Relations
My pronouns: She, her, hers or they, them, theirs
Undergraduate alma mater: Drury University
Graduate alma mater: Webster University
Favorite place in the city: Is it sunlit? ✔ And does it have a beach or view of a large body of water? ✔
Hobbies and interests: Travel, reading, event curation, and volunteering
First internship or job: Food Service: Cafeteria/catering/banquet attendant
Best piece of career advice I received: I’ve two that ring true to me - As you navigate through the rest of your life, surround yourself with people who challenge and inspire you. Spend a lot of time with them and it will change your life. And the other is that there will be failures, roadblocks, and detours in our careers, but do not be discouraged. Instead, be persistent and resilient.
How I lead a life of purpose and impact: I try to live by this quote – “For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. - Nelson Mandela
My social justice area of focus: Human Rights, diversity, equity, and inclusion – particularly when it concerns immigrants, refugees, asylees and international persons. These communities are extremely vulnerable and frequently marginalized and excluded from realizing their full value.
Associate Director of Career Education
My pronouns: She, her, herself
Undergraduate alma mater: California State University, Fullerton
Graduate alma mater: Seattle University
Favorite place in the city: International District/Chinatown
Hobbies and interests: Food, traveling, and hanging out with my Greyhound dog
First internship or job: I was a barista at a hospital coffee shop
Best piece of career advice I received: "Your degree makes you qualified, but it's your experience that will set you apart from others. Start exploring, experiencing, and engaging now." And, "sometimes, social justice is most needed in 'non-traditional' social justice spaces."
How I lead a life of purpose and impact: Mentoring and community organizing
My social justice area of focus: Civic engagement, leadership development
Assistant Director of Career Education
Building/Room: PAVL 110
My pronouns: she, her, hers
Undergraduate alma mater: Santa Clara University
Graduate alma mater: Seattle University, Master of Nonprofit Leadership ’20
Favorite place in the city: Fremont or Discovery Park
Hobbies and interests: Trying new restaurants, drinking coffee, spending time with friends, camping, letter writing, volunteering, Netflix binging
First internship or job: Catering Attendant (Food Service)
Best piece of career advice I received: Do not resist or shy away from discomfort. The projects that stretch you are often the projects that will enable you to grow the most.
How I lead a life of purpose and impact: I lead a life of purpose and impact by reflecting on my experiences, values, and gifts and applying this knowledge through intentional decision making. I strive to serve in work or volunteer positions that I know will create a positive impact on the community. This has led me through incredible experiences that range from Ameri Corps service, working with the YMCA, to serving on the YNPN Seattle board. In my personal time, I recharge by spending time with the people I love.
My social justice area of focus: Leadership development and civic engagement education for young adults, access to education for all, and family services.
Assistant Director of External Relations
My pronouns: she/her
Undergraduate alma mater: Whitman College
Graduate alma mater: Seattle University ‘21
Favorite place in the city: Top three: Discovery Park, Volunteer Park Conservatory, and Ada’s Books & Café
Hobbies and interests: Hiking, singing, reading, gardening, cooking with friends, building cardboard mazes for our cat
First internship or job: Greenhouse maintenance on a basil farm
Best piece of career advice I received: Building your career isn’t just about the job you want or need—it’s about the life you want or need. The more you know yourself and your community, the easier it gets to figure this out. So really, the first part of career exploration is paying attention.
How I lead a life of purpose and impact: I work to ground my actions in care, justice, community, and self-reflection, inspired by the words of Adrienne Maree brown: “I have to use my life to leverage a shift in the system by how I am, as much as with the things I do. This means actually being in my life, and it means bringing my values into daily decision-making. Each day should be lived on purpose.”
My social justice areas of focus: College access, inclusive literacy, food justice
Assistant Director of Career Engagement
My pronouns: He, Him, His
Favorite place in the city: Madison Park Beach; swimming with endless views of Rainier and the Cascades
Hobbies and interests: Hiking, National Parks, exploring around the city, and everything Georgia. Usually found eating and drinking coffee.
First internship or job: Legislative Aide, Georgia House of Representatives
Best piece of career advice I received: Networking, networking, networking! I met my first boss by walking into their office and asked for an informational coffee meeting. I was hired two days later.
How I lead a life of purpose and impact: Reminding myself of what kind of citizen I want to be. My favorite book, Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times, reminds me my efforts can do more for others and ourselves-than we may ever imagine, we don’t have to wait for the perfect situation to take action, change happens little by little - step by step, we should savor the journey of engagement-even if our ultimate goal is unknown, and the impact of our individual and collective effectiveness will often ripple outward in ways we can’t predict.
My social justice area of focus: Equitable access to resilient and sustainable communities, civic engagement, and social enterprise.
Career Engagement Specialist
Building/Room: PAVL 110
My pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Undergraduate alma mater: University of Washington
Favorite place in the city: Hood Famous Café + Bar
Hobbies and interests: Tennis, Movies, Board Games, Dancing and Singing
First internship or job: McDonalds Drive Thru
Best piece of career advice I received: Remember that a job, even a great job or a fantastic career, doesn’t give your life meaning, at least not by itself. Life is about what you learn, who you are or who you help. Don’t ever forget your community. When opportunity knocks on your door, make sure to keep it open so that others can enter as well.
How I lead a life of purpose and impact: By centering my work in service to others while practicing gratitude, humility, and joy. Furthermore by mentoring and affirming talent in underserved communities.
My social justice area of focus: Identity focused community building and empowering marginalized youth of color into positions of leadership and impact.
Career Engagement Specialist
Building/Room: PAVL 110
My pronouns: he/him
Undergraduate alma mater: San Diego State University
Favorite place in the city: on a kayak around the Arboretum
Hobbies and interests: basketball, music, clothing, playing with my husky, cooking & eating out
First internship or job: Student Assistant at Student Disability Services, San Diego State University
Best piece of career advice I received: Not exactly advice that I received, but was course material I was given when I was a Course Instructor at the University of Vermont that I incorporated into a lesson plan and loved which is Carol Dweck’s Growth Mindset. Look at obstacles and barriers as opportunities for growth, learning, and creativity. Don’t avoid a certain job or class because one piece of the responsibilities scare you away (for me that was always public speaking), but instead challenge yourself to take these as chances to become a more well-rounded individual and professional. In these situations the only person telling you that you can’t do something is yourself!
How I lead a life of purpose and impact: I lead a life of purpose and impact by recognizing and reflecting on my privilege and how they affect my experience as a person. I am also always challenging myself to be aware of the assumptions that I make and where they come from in order to dismantle my own socialized beliefs and ways of thinking. At the same time, making sure to take care of myself and allow rest to reduce stress and prevent burnout.
My social justice area of focus: Making knowledge and resources relevant, accessible, and digestible for folks who need it most.