I am a Seattle-based facilitator and seasoned consultant in the nonprofit sector with a background in education and counseling. My 20-years of experience has given me a perspective on what is needed to move our sector from a cycle of putting out fires, to a movement based in lasting equity and empowerment. In my commitment as a social justice facilitator, I bring strong skills and experience in community building, power and privilege, and liberation work. 

I started facilitating 18 years ago on challenge course programs with youth and adults. Currently, I work with several companies utilizing challenge and experiential facilitation with corporate and nonprofit groups. People often learn better by doing. Experiential facilitation engages and activates more parts of the brain. My style is based on sharp analysis, flexible thinking, fun, purpose and results. My work is relationship-based with connection, collaboration, and community as integral elements to reach results.

My professional life has been in youth development for over 20 years. I've worked with foster care youth, wilderness therapy, early childhood education, middle school girls, and college leadership programs. Recently, I was at Seattle Girls' School for five years, a middle school based on anti-bias curriculum, dedicated to being accessible to all families.

In 2000 I co-founded Skate Like a Girl which now has three chapters in Seattle, Portland and San Francisco. This was my heart and soul for eight years. More than just teaching girls and women to skateboard, we built a community based on values of social justice. 

I’m from Seattle and grew up on a boat in Lake Union with my dad and in an apartment on Queen Anne with my mom. I grew up sailing and snowboarding in the Northwest. I dedicated 15 years to teaching youth and adults to connect to their personal power and natural environment on the water and in the mountains. I care deeply about this city, our shared future, and the issues and influences shaping our local economy, politics, and social culture.


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EDUCATION

University of Washington, Seattle, WA                                                                                                                 2015

Executive Masters in Public Administration, Evans School of Public Affairs

The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA                                                                                                        2002

Bachelor of Arts Emphasis in Experiential Education and Anti-Oppression Counseling

Smith College, Northampton MA                                                                                                                          1998

One-year study at all women’s institution focusing on education, counseling and minority studies

 

Professional WOrk

FACILITATOR

I have been working with groups since 2000 when I first started at the Evergreen State College. As a seasoned facilitator with over 1,500 client hours working with a variety of ages ranging from elementary school to senior populations. I hold the Association of Challenge Course Technicians Level 1 Certification on both high, low and portable challenge courses. I have created curriculum on leadership, organizational development, emotional intelligence and team building.

Teams and Leaders                                                                                                                                     2015-Present

Camplong Ass. of Recreation Council Challenge Course                                                                     2013-Present

Waterhouse Center                                                                                                                                      2012-Present

Northwest Team Building                                                                                                                                2007-2015

Evergreen State College low and high challenge course                                                                         2000-2006

 

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Seattle Girls’ School A 5th-8th-grade girls middle school with 130 students                                         2007-2012

I directed all co-curricular activities including athletics both team and individual sports, one on one mentoring for all 6th, 7th and 8th graders and electives ranging from music and theater arts to self-defense and yearbook serving all students in. 

 

FOUNDER AND ExeCUTIVE DIRECTOR

Skate Like a Girl, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco                                                                             2000-2008

Skate Like a Girl (SLAG) is a nationally known all women’s empowerment and skateboarding organization.

Seattle Magazine article  

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Board Governance

  • the Service Board, Board Chair                                                                                                      2014-Present
  •  Center for Ethical Leadership, Board development                                                                                 2016
  • Women’s Funding Alliance Young Professionals founding member                                          2014-2016

 Fundraising

  • Praxis Group Member, Resource Generation
  • Green A-thon organizer, Got Green
  • Giving Project Member, Social Justice Fund                                                                                 

CERTIFICATION AND TRAININGS

Non-Profit Management Certificate UW PCE                                                                                       

White Privilege Conference                                                                                                  

Seattle Race Conference                                                                                                                          

Leadership Institute PNAIS                                                                                                                     

Cultures Connecting Train the Trainers                                                                                                             

United to End Racism facilitator training