Today’s Local to Know interview is sponsored by United Way of King County. United Way is working together with our neighbors towards a racially just community where people have homes, students graduate, and families are financially stable. This holiday season, we believe the good gets better when we give.
Who are you? What do you do?
I am the associate director for public relations for United Way of King County.
What’s a project you’re working on that you are excited about?
I’m working on a project that will help ensure that college students get all the resources and financial support they need to remain in school.
What is something that you’ve learned about yourself in the past year?
I’ve learned that I ignore physical pain long enough to be productive. Shingles can do that to you. (Editor’s note: If you’re eligible, make sure to get vaccinated!)
How is United Way of King County helping people in the community?
United Way is helping people in so many ways. For example, United Way is helping people remain in their homes and avoid eviction (and possible homelessness) via rental assistance. United Way is also helping thousands of school children have access to free and reduced school meals following our support of state legislation mandating such a move. And we are providing King County residents access to free food, particularly people of color and those who live in food deserts.
Why should someone support United Way?
United Way understands the holistic approach to addressing issues and is equipped with the tools to do so in rapid, real-time fashion. For example, we know that people facing the possibility of eviction often need more than merely rental assistance. While some organizations are equipped to address that one issue, we can also provide food, emergency financial resources, tax preparation help, and more.
What are you looking forward to next year?
I am looking forward to working for an organization that seeks to have more of a presence and impact in the communities we serve.
Wax poetic for a minute and tell us: what do you love most about this community?
I am originally from North Jersey and South Carolina. I was a journalist in Nashville, Boston, and Baltimore before coming to the West Coast to work in the philanthropic/nonprofit sector. I love warm weather, but the mountains here are a great trade off. I enjoy how down-to-earth people are. Here, it doesn’t matter what type of car you drive, clothes you wear, or associates you have, which is the norm in the DC area where I came from. People take life as it comes and is very open to folks of different backgrounds.
How will you be spending the holidays this year?
I’ll be resting. I just returned from visiting two continents!
What are your top three destinations for where you’d go on your perfect Seattle day?
1. Alki Beach. 2. Lake Union. 3. Centennial Park.
If you could give any one piece of advice to people in Seattle, what would it be?
Stop complaining about the traffic. Compared to Boston, DC and Atlanta, you’ve got it good.