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Seattle Works Staff

Pj Bergstrom (they/them)
Content Director
Pj has years of experience in writing and community organizing in and around the Seattle area. They received a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science Honors with a minor in Environmental Studies at the University of Washington, where they focused on environmental racism and BIPOC-led social movements for human rights pertaining to the environment. After graduation, they worked in the service industry and spent their time organizing locally and investing in community care. Outside of work, Pj enjoys bookstores, live music, and hanging outdoors with their doggo, Bloo! Contact Pj by emailing them at

Cassie Whitebread (she/her)
Education Director
An east coast native, Cassie joins Seattle Works with a passion for community education and building meaningful relationships. She’s excited to help programs to be more inclusive and to run smoothly. Prior to joining the team, Cassie channeled her inner Bill Nye (minus the bowtie) as a middle school science teacher in Philadelphia, PA. Upon moving to Seattle, she started to dabble in the nonprofit sector and for the past two years she coordinated a volunteer training program on sustainability. Cassie holds a B.A. in Human Services from the University of Delaware and a M.S. in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania. In her spare time you can find her at the pottery studio, on a long run, playing boardgames with friends, or peeping on dogs at the local dog parks. 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 Platypi youth basketball team for Seattle Parks & Recreation. Go, Platypi!  You can reach Ben by emailing - benr[at]seattleworks[dot]org