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Washington Engage

Our Community Action Initiative (CAI) builds sustainable and strategic partnerships with grassroots activists to combat human trafficking

  • Stage Prototype Ready
  • Industry Other
  • Location Olympia, WA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded January 2011
  • Employees 2
  • Website

Company Summary

After engaging grassroots activists and providing proposals to pass strong laws in 2010-12, we believe preventing human trafficking is the next priority. The CAI will foster strategic partnerships with grassroots activists, build up community teams in different regions, and network them to engage in robust collaboration. Bottom-up leadership is essential to the sustainability of political will to combat human trafficking.


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    Rose Chiu Gundersen
    Executive Director

    After completing her Executive J.D. Degree at Concord Law in 2010, Rose co-founded Washington Engage. This was a result of the policy insight and passion for justice she developed from her two-year Human Trafficking Policy Externship at the Washington State Attorney General’s Office during law school. The externship included policy and legal research which helped support the passage of several critical human trafficking bills at the State Legis

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    Brenda Oliver
    Community Action Core Leader

    Brenda has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for 12 years, on the Board for Friends of CASA for 8 years, and was involved with Not for Sale before joining Washington Engage because Brenda wants to combat human trafficking locally. Brenda co-founded the Federal Way Coalition Against Trafficking. Her work has received public recognition by the Federal Way City Council, and positive response from community organizations.

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    Deana Berg
    Partnership Director and Co-founder

    Deana has been the event coordinator of our advocacy days for 3 years. She helped cultivate a constituency base of over 20,000 voters. Deana activates unengaged grassroots groups to help support the Community Action Initiative. She has worked in international development work, and worked in Honduras and other Central American Countries doing program training for international team initiatives. She is about to take a maternity leave.

Previous Investors

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    Women Funding Alliance
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    Giving Assets
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    Ted and Tanya Jernigan of the Jernigan Foundation