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Seattle Works Staff

Pj Bergstrom (they/she)
Content Director
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 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)
Executive Director

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, an anti-poverty organization. Ben is committed to undoing white supremacy norms in the nonprofit sector; in 2019 he authored a piece reflecting on Seattle Works’s journey to build an antiracist organization. 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 loves Namibia and coaches The Platypi youth basketball team for Seattle Parks & Rec. You can reach Ben by emailing - benr[at]seattleworks[dot]org