Originally from Spokane, Washington, Katelen moved to Seattle and joined the team at Pride Foundation in 2013. Prior to her time on staff, 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.
In her role as Senior Communications Manager, Katelen gets to do the two things she loves most—share space with people who are passionate about justice, and partner with Pride Foundation scholars, supporters, and grantees to tell authentic, engaging, and powerful stories. Katelen brings these same passions to her roles as board secretary for AIDS Project Snohomish County, Community Action Group member of The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway, and to her participation in 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 closets, cooking (not baking), writing, gardening, or spending time in the forest, where she feels most herself—likely swinging in a hammock by a river with a good book (memoir or queer romance, preferably) and a strong cup of cold brew.
Contact Katelen with questions related to storytelling, communications, or with media/press inquiries.
Favorite Quote: “Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mother gives birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.” -Gabriel García Márquez
Favorite Place in the Northwest: Any Washington island