Margaret "Maggie" Breen, M.Div.
Community Engagement Manager, Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs
Phone: (206) 296-2657
Building/Room: Hunthausen Hall
Rev. Maggie Breen joined the Center team in June 2017. She brings a great depth of experience in community outreach and coalition-building in multi-stakeholder, ecumenical and interreligious contexts. As Executive Director of the Renton Ecumenical Association of Churches (REACH) and as Associate Pastor at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Maggie has been at the forefront of regional efforts to develop an interfaith and action-oriented public theology, with a specific focus on community responses to homelessness and its causes. Under her leadership, REACH’s family shelter has moved 140 families into more permanent housing since its opening in 2013; and its meal program engages 14 churches and community groups in feeding and building community with homeless and hungry neighbors.
Maggie completed her Master of Divinity at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry in 2013, and was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 2015. She has received numerous awards, including the Dr. Leo Stanford Leadership Award from Seattle University; and a Renton Outstanding Citizen award from the City of Renton, Renton Chamber of Commerce and Renton Rotary for her work in opening a family shelter and day services for homeless families in Renton. Under her leadership, REACH was awarded the Gertrude Apel Pioneering Spirit Award from the Church Council of Greater Seattle.