Originally from Spokane, Washington, Katelen moved to Seattle and joined the team at Pride Foundation in 2013. Prior to that, she worked as a liaison with LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness in Portland, OR. After receiving her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Portland, Katelen taught English and developed curriculum for English Language Learners in South Korea. Katelen then returned to the U.S. and received her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California.
Katelen has held several roles since joining the team at Pride Foundation, but found her true home in 2017 as the Communications and Outreach Manager. In this position, she has the opportunity to do the two things she loves most—share space with people who are passionate about social justice, and partner with Pride Foundation scholars, supporters, and grantees to tell authentic, engaging, and powerful stories. Katelen also brings these passions to her role as board secretary for AIDS Project Snohomish County, and to her work with European Dissent, an anti-racist organizing collective through the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond.
When she’s not wearing her professional or volunteer hats, you can find Katelen organizing things around her apartment for no reason, or spending time in the woods, where she feels most herself—likely swinging in a hammock by a river with a book (memoir, preferably) and a strong cup of French press coffee.
Contact Katelen with questions related to storytelling, communications, or media.