Sarah brings over 16 years of experience in nonprofits and healthcare, and specializes in Equity Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) work. They bring EDI to the next level for organizations by helping you embed it into the fabric of who you are. Focusing on both structure and culture through strategic planning, equity audits, staff trainings and facilitation, affinity groups, and much more.
Their professional background is a seemingly incoherent meandering trail, but it has always included being of service to their community and to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Social Justice. They completed a Maters in Public Health from OHSU and PSU where they focused on racial and socio-economic disparities, and systemic incentives for social change. They have worked in international NGO’s, alongside Community Health Centers (FQHCs) to ensure that those who otherwise would not be able to access health services, received high quality care, and even worked in a telecommunications company in corporate social responsibility. This diverse professional background truly highlights their curious nature, and insatiable quest to make lasting positive social change.
Ms. Howell has a Baccalaureate degree from Washington State University in Sociology, with an emphasis on Organizational Communication and a Master of Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Deborah worked 17 years as the Director of Programs for a local non-profit agency called Courage 360 (formally known as Washington Women’s Employment & Education) that supported women experiencing poverty with training and entry into the workforce with living wage jobs in both Pierce and King Counties.
Deborah Howell currently leads strategic change initiatives in coordination with staff and community partners for the workforce development system. With over 22 years of experience in operations management, strategic program and system planning she promotes a culture of high performance and continues quality improvement that values learning and commitment to quality