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When did you start working with Greater Tacoma Community Foundation (GTCF)?

August 2019

Briefly describe what you do in your role with GTCF

Through relationships and shared learning, I work with others to develop, fund, and sustain partnerships and community efforts for an equitable and thriving Pierce County.

What is the most exciting part of your role with GTCF?

The most exciting aspect of my role is working with aligned philanthropic partners and community experts with lived experience to transform ideas into action.

What other jobs or positions have you held?

Immediately prior to my role with GTCF, I was the executive director of Oasis Youth Center, the area's LGBTQ+ youth center. Previously, I served as the legislative director at the Washington State Human Rights Commission, where I helped implement and strengthen statewide civil rights protections. In addition, I served on the board of directors for Pride Foundation (2009-2019) and currently serve on the board of directors for Group Health Foundation.

Outside of GTCF, what enjoyable activity do you engage in? What brings you joy?

I love being in the company of family and friends, preferably over a home-cooked meal or on a hike. My other pastimes include bird watching and reading biographies.

What activity, place, or event do you recommend other people check out in Pierce County?

Narrows Beach

What is the most inspiring book that you have read and why?

Do you enjoy stories about the seemingly impossible? Grayson by Lynne Cox is her account of encountering a baby gray whale while swimming in the English Channel when she was 17. I really enjoy stories about nature and encounters with other animals. This is a short read that hits the spot.