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 Jan. 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.

The IAWG meets six times each year. Meetings are open to the public, and we welcome people with lived expertise, government partners, members of the public, and service providers. There are two remaining meetings in 2020, listed below.

Oct. 7, 2020
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Weblink: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/926746669
Phone conference: (408) 650-3123
Access Code: 926-746-669

Dec. 2, 2020
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Weblink: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/666966157
Phone conference: (408) 650-3123
Access Code: 666-966-157

*The schedule is subject to change 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
Melinda Giovengo, Director, YouthCare
Katie Joannes, Parent Advocate
Katara Jordan, Senior Manager, Building Changes
Sen. Joe Nguyen (D) – 34th Legislative District
Tyrell Palomino, youth advocate, The Mockingbird Society
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
Kim.Justice@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-5055

Chanita Jackson
Program Manager
Chanita.Jackson@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-2997

Cole Ketcherside
Program Manager
Cole.Ketcherside@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-5056

Karen Danz
Program Manager
Karen.Danz@commerce.wa.gov
360-464-0372

SL Rao
Foster America Fellow
SL.Rao@commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-764-0049

Gina Thompson
Program Manager
Gina.Thompson@commerce.wa.gov
360-338-2312