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Seattle Works Staff

Pj Bergstrom (they/them)
Content Director
Pj is a born and raised Seattleite that approaches the world with a lens of fluidity. They are a writer at heart and believe in systems of community care, mutual aid, restorative accountability, and abolishing carceral society. Pj has a background in local organizing, studying social movements led by communities of color at the University of WA, and working in the food service industry. Outside of work, they especially appreciate bookstores, writing, homemade pozole, live jazz, their doggo Bloo, and deepening relationships with friends and community. Contact Pj by emailing them at


Cassie Whitebread (she/her)
Education Director
Cassie believes that transformational change will come from action-oriented communities using an intersectional lens. She identifies as a radical educator and community builder who strives to create safe learning spaces where people can embrace their multitudes and unlearn the norms of white supremacy culture. With years of experience in the education and nonprofit sectors, Cassie’s worn the hats of a middle school science teacher, master composter program manager, and environmental educator. She spends her free time as a consultant with Healing Equity United, cooking with friends, and going on runs with her dog, Otis. Reach Cassie via email at


Amanda Brown (she/her)
Operations Director
Amanda has worked in nonprofit programs and operations at a variety of Seattle organizations. Originally from Pennsylvania, she moved to Seattle for an AmeriCorps position with City Year after graduating from Davidson College in North Carolina. She has worked at the YMCA, the Washington Bus, and most recently for the Academy for Precision Learning. She received her MPA from the Evans School at the University of Washington. In addition to analyzing P&L statements, Amanda enjoys cooking, crosswords, reading, and yoga.
You can reach Amanda by emailing - amanda[at]seattleworks[org]


LaTashia Treise (she/her)
Equity Director
LaTashia has over 10 years of experience working with non-profits and individuals of various ages, socio-economic status, and cultural backgrounds. LaTashia grew up in a rural town in Iowa where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Buena Vista University in Psychology, Human Services, and a minor in sociology. After graduating, she worked at a local youth shelter working with families and teens teaching behavioral health skills. LaTashia also taught Zumba, performed in theater shows, and volunteered in the community including clean up, community events, and mentoring at-risk youth. Email LaTashia for all things volunteer leadership, undoing institutional racism, and maintaining a positive attitude wherever you go! 
You can reach LaTashia by emailing - laTashia[at]seattleworks[org]


Ben Reuler (he/him)
Connector Director

Ben is now the Connector Director! After serving as Seattle Works’s Executive Director for six years the organization shifted to a flat, distributive leadership model and Ben’s title changed to Connector Director. He loves supporting the team with partnerships, fundraising, strategy, and coaching. After nearly a decade as a direct service provider (shelter, home visitor), Ben attended graduate school in social work, became a Licensed Social Worker, and moved into nonprofit management. Ben joined Seattle Works in 2015 after spending six years as the Executive Director of LIFT-Chicago. Ben is committed to undoing white supremacy norms in the nonprofit sector; he has authored numerous pieces reflecting on Seattle Works’s journey to build an antiracist organization and often speaks about this work to other groups. Ben earned his MSW from the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and Bachelors degree in Comparative Sociology from the University of Puget Sound.  Ben is a lifelong volunteer and currently serves as volunteer coach for the legendary Puggles youth basketball team for Seattle Parks & Recreation. Go, Puggles!  You can reach Ben by emailing - benr[at]seattleworks[dot]org