Seattle Works Staff

Amanda Brown
Director of Operations
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. Email Amanda.

LaTashia Treise
Program Manager, Leadership Development
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!

Liz Jose
Senior Program Manager, Community Partnerships  
Liz has spent the last 10 years doing all things nonprofit. Liz has done it all from running a teen center, developing learning aps for kids, working as a middle school science teacher for social/emotional special needs youth, founding a women’s bicycle organization (WE Bike NYC), and teaching bicycle mechanics to youth and adults. Liz has a Master’s in Sociology of Education from NYU and is a Certified Bicycle Technician from United Bicycle Institute. Whether she is wrenching or lecturing, Liz uses her skills to build community, encouraging those around her to create the world they want to live in. Email Liz for questions about getting your company involved in giving back, finding volunteers for your organization, and how to fix that weird noise your bicycle is making.

Michael Padilla
Development & Communications Manager

Michael has spent the last few years working to help get people engaged in their communities. Whether it has been getting students registered to vote at the UW, organizing for a $15 living wage in Seatac, or fundraising for the Washington Bus he has been dedicated to helping break down barriers to participation, and helping people see their power. He was raised in Washington State and received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Washington. When not at work he keeps an eye out for a good Mexican mole, or pretty much anything dessert related. Email Michael for questions on how you can help fund the amazing work of our program team (or for mole recommendations too)!

Ben Reuler
Executive Director
After many years as a direct service provider at a teen shelter and as a home visitor, Ben attended graduate school, 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, an innovative organization helping families to lift themselves out of poverty.  Ben earned his AM from the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and Bachelors degree in Comparative Sociology from the University of Puget Sound.  He loves Namibia, Clam Chowder, and his family. Email Ben for questions about the bright future of volunteerism in Seattle, civic engagement, and how to get three kids dressed and ready for school by 7 a.m.