Seattle Works Staff


Violeta Ortega (she/her)
Communications and Research Fellow

Violeta is one of two Starbucks Service Fellows joining our team this year. She was born in Mexico and at the age of two she and her parents immigrated to the tiny town of Sultan, Washington. Violeta is a recipient of DACA and is very passionate about advocating for immigrant rights. She went to Bellevue College for her Associates in Arts & Sciences with a focus on Sociology and hopes to go back to school through Starbucks and get her degree in Marketing. Violeta now lives on Capitol Hill in her dream apartment with her partner Kevin and kitty cat Tina. Connect with her by emailing violeta@seattleworks.org

Lincoln Sherwood (he/him)
Corporate Engagement Fellow

Lincoln is a recent Seattle transplant who is eager to get involved in the community and build relationships through volunteerism. Growing up on a farm in New Mexico taught him the value of hard work while cultivating his desire to understand and protect the natural world. He is a shift supervisor at Starbucks, while also assisting Seattle Works as a Starbucks Service Fellow. Lincoln is a full-time student at Arizona State University. He is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Sustainability. You are most likely to catch Lincoln at your local farmers market, dancing, eating spicy foods or hiking across the Cascades. Lincoln is thrilled to jump both feet first into the nonprofit sector! Reach him by emailing him at lincoln@seattleworks.org

Pj Bergstrom (they/she)
Communications and Events Coordinator
Pj has years of experience in writing and community organizing for those in the LGBTQIA+ population and communities of color. They grew up in and around Seattle, discovering a passion for community work as a high school student in Snoqualmie. Pj received a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science Honors with a minor in Environmental Studies at the University of Washington, where she focused on environmental racism and social movements by brown and black communities for human rights pertaining to the environment. After graduating, she backpacked South America for four months, spending that time doing what she loves: connecting with people, hiking, camping, reading, and writing. Outside of work, Pj invests their time in a collective they co-founded called MESH: Minorities Expanding & Supporting Health, reading at bookstores, and at the dog park with their puppy, Bloo! Contact Pj by emailing them at pj@seattleworks.org

Cassie Whitebread (she/her)
Program Coordinator
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 cassie@seattleworks.org.

Amanda Brown (she/her)
Managing 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)
Senior 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! 
You can reach LaTashia by emailing - laTashia[at]seattleworks[org]

Ben Reuler (he/him)
Executive Director

Licensed Social Worker turned nonprofit executive. Proud graduate of the University of Puget Sound, and University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. Formerly Executive Director of LIFT-Chicago. Loves clam chowder, his family, and Namibia. Volunteer youth basketball coach for the legendary Platypi squad of Seattle Parks & Rec. Email Ben for questions about the bright future of volunteerism in Seattle, civic engagement, and how nonprofits can and must actively dismantle racism in our organizations. You can reach Ben by emailing - benr[at]seattleworks[dot]org