Office of Homeless Youth Committees and Workgroup

Homeless youth on street

The Office of Homeless Youth works with various stakeholders across the state to address youth homelessness. The work group and committee listed encompass agencies and key stakeholders that are charged to reduce and end youth homelessness. 

Interagency Work Group on Youth Homelessness​

Gov. Inslee established the Interagency Work Group on Youth Homelessness (IAWG) with directive 17-01, signed on January 24, 2017. The workgroup convenes state agency partners to develop shared goals, outcomes, and action plans to prevent and design system response to youth homelessness in Washington.

Below is the IAWG 2020 schedule of meetings. Meetings are open to the public, and we welcome people with lived expertise, government partners, public members, and providers. The schedule is subject to change. RSVP to Regina McDougall if you plan to attend.

February 5, 2020
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Department of Commerce
Rm 307 1011 Plum Street, Olympia
Meeting link:
Phone conference: (312) 757-3121
Access Code: 328-122-685

April 1, 2020
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Department of Commerce
Rm 307 1011 Plum Street, Olympia
Meeting link:
Phone conference: (872) 240-3212
Access Code: 710-312-045

June 3, 2020
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The Coach House 221 21st Ave SW, Olympia, WA 98501

August 5, 2020
Written update

October 7, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
The Coach House 221 21st Ave SW, Olympia

December 2, 2020
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Department of Commerce, Rm 307 1011 Plum Street Olympia
Web link:
Phone conference: (408) 650-3123
Access Code: 666-966-157

For additional information about the IAWG, please sign up to be notified of upcoming activities here.

  • Kim Justice, Office of Homeless Youth
  • Sherrie Flores, Children’s Administration/DSHS
  • Cristi Devers, Juvenile Rehabilitation/DSHS
  • Vazaskia Crockrell, Office of Juvenile Justice/DSHS
  • David Stillman and Theresa Slusher, Economic Services Administration/DSHS
  • Diana Cockrell, Division of Behavior Health and Recovery/DSHS
  • Colette Jones, Health Care AuthorityMarie Bruin, Employment Security Department
  • Patrick Woods, Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
  • Troy Goracke, State Board of Community and Technical Colleges
  • Rachel Sharpe and Becky Thompson, Student Achievement Council
  • Carri Gordon, Washington State Patrol
  • Ed Prince, Commission on African American Affairs
  • Lisa van der Lugt, Commission on Hispanic Affairs
  • Vacant, Commission on Indian Affairs
  • Nam Nguyen, Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs
  • Jess Lewis, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • George Yeannakis, Office of Public Defense
  • Dr. Carl McCurley, Administrative Office of the Courts
  • Jim Mayfield, Research and Data Analysis/DSHS
  • TBD, Department of Children, Youth and Families

Advisory Committee

The work of the office is guided by a 12-member advisory committee composed of advocates, legislators, law enforcement, service providers, and other stakeholders. Except for legislative members, advisory committee members are appointed by the Governor.

Rep. Andrew Barkis (R) – 2nd Legislative District
Tatyana Barron, youth advocate, The Mockingbird Society
Kim Bogucki, Detective, Seattle Police Department
Rep. Lisa Callan (D) – 5th Legislative District
Bridget Cannon, parent advocate, Volunteers of America
Sen. David Frockt (D) – 46th Legislative District
Melinda Giovengo, Director, YouthCare
Kris Hermanns, Director, Seattle Foundation
Katie Joannes – Parent Advocate
Katara Jordan, Senior Manager, Building Changes
Casey Trupin, Director, Youth Homelessness, Raikes Foundation
Sen. Hans Zeiger (R) – 25th Legislative District

Do You Need Help?

If you or someone you know needs assistance, you can find help by using the 211 Washington Information Network.

If you are a young person who is thinking about running away or already has, you can talk to someone confidentially at the National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-RUNAWAY or 1-800-786-2929

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Office of Homeless Youth Staff

Kim Justice
Executive Director
Phone: 360-725-5055

Chanita Jackson
Program Manager
Phone: 360-725-2997

Cole Ketcherside
Program Manager
Phone: 360-725-5056

My-Le Tang
Program Coordinator
Office: 360-725-2982

Regina McDougall
Interagency Workgroup on Youth Homelessness
Phone: 360-725-5067

SL Rao
Foster America Fellow
Phone: 360-764-0049