Originally from Spokane, Washington, Katelen moved to Seattle and joined the team at Pride Foundation in 2013. Previously, she worked as a liaison with LGBTQ youth and young adults experiencing homelessness in Portland, OR. After receiving her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Portland, Katelen taught English in South Korea and then returned to Spokane where she worked to support women and children living in transitional housing. Katelen went on to receive her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California.
Since 2013, Katelen has served in several roles at Pride Foundation, and has found her true home as the Communications and Outreach Manager, a role she’s held since the spring of 2017. In this position, she has the opportunity to do the two things she loves most–share space with people who are passionate about issues of social justice, and lift up voices of scholars, supporters, and community partners through storytelling and relationship building. In addition to her professional work, Katelen serves as a board member for AIDS Project Snohomish County, and is actively involved with European Dissent, an anti-racist organizing collective through the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, as well as the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Committee for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Advancement Northwest.
When she’s not crafting communications or meeting with incredible Pride Foundation supporters, you can find her in the woods, swinging in a hammock by the river with a novel and a strong cup of French press coffee.
Contact Katelen with questions related to storytelling, communications, or media.