Margaret "Maggie" Breen, M.Div.
Community Engagement Manager, Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs
Phone: (206) 296-2657
Building/Room: Hunthausen Hall
Margaret "Maggie" Breen fosters and manages partnerships with regional faith-based organizations and other stakeholders to ensure Center scholarship and initiatives are responsive to the dynamics and needs of the Puget Sound region. She empowers practitioners to integrate new knowledge towards more effective and thoughtful institutional responses to social issues. Breen brings experience in the translation and communication of complex ideas across diverse stakeholder groups as well as skills in relationship building, program design and implementation, research and analysis, and community outreach and organizing.
Breen supports regional network building for Center initiatives through multiple modalities. These include advisory group convening and management; working group design and leadership; field visits and interviews, and one-on-one relationship building and consultation. Breen integrates a community engagement perspective into the Center’s messaging and communication, and research and analysis. She also supports professional development course delivery and recruitment.
In 2018-19, Breen will continue to develop the Center’s regional network of community partners; oversee thematic working groups that will produce web-based capacity building resources for faith-based organizations and other stakeholders; and support community participation in Center professional development courses.
Breen holds an M.A. in modern history from the University of St Andrews in Scotland and an M.Div. from Seattle University, where she was awarded the Dr. Leo Stanford Leadership Award. She is currently working towards her D.Min at Seattle University.
Breen is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and before joining the Center she was the Executive Director of the Renton Ecumenical Association of Churches (REACH). While at REACH she led the organization through its incorporation and development as a viable non-profit and oversaw the launch of a family shelter and day center for those who were unhoused. Breen was awarded a Renton Outstanding Citizen award from the City of Renton, Renton Chamber of Commerce and Renton Rotary for her work in opening the family shelter and day center. Under her leadership, REACH was awarded the Gertrude Apel Pioneering Spirit Award from the Church Council of Greater Seattle.