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OUR MISSION

The Federal Way Black Collective is an organization that is committed to providing voice, building strategy and driving change in communities of color through policies development and the creation of resources that are equitable and culturally reflective. 

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Community collaboration

We work with community to identify gaps in policy and develop solutions.

strategy and planning

We focus on strength-based strategies in order to advance underserved communities.

mobilization

We implement policy changes through coordinated efforts and community advocacy.

access to resources

We provide communities with access to resources and consultations in order to make informed decisions.

WHO WE ARE

The FW Black Collective (FWBC) was formed in 2018 as a community resource by local leaders. Our community was looking for a platform that enabled us to collectively strategize and create change within the Federal Way area. We were tired of feeling excluded from economic opportunities, civil engagement and policy developments that governed our lives. Out of these needs, the FW Black Collective was born.

 

Our collective is made up of individuals who reflect and have lived experiences similar to the communities that we serve. We build bottom-up strategies that are strengths-focused and evidence-based through surveying the community, analyzing data and partnering with other organizations that are aligned in mission and values. Drawing on over 30 years of community work and advocacy experience, we bring together our deep knowledge of the community and extensive expertise in order to empower the very people that mentored, supported and raised us. 

 
 

OUR TEAM

LYN IDAHOSA-BERRY

Executive Direction, Co-founder

Lyn is the Executive Director and Co-founder of the FW Black Collective (FWBC). She helped create the organization as a grassroots vision and has built it in collaboration with community and local leaders since 2018. Prior to starting FWBC, she worked for UW medicine. Her experience moving through the ranks as a temporary employee at the HMC OR front desk to working the entire revenue cycle is what has greatly expanded her knowledge of systems and now driven her to change the very systems that have previously marginalized communities of color in Federal Way. As a proud first generation Nigerian-American, she brings a diverse perspective that has been shaped by her experience as a mother, business owner, former union member, public servant and caregiver. She has won various awards for her work in civic engagement, and truly believes that every voice counts - especially on a local level. 

LINSAY FOSTER

Group Lead

Linsay is the FW Black Collective Group Lead, the Executive Director of My Sisters Keeper, a public speaker, and mentor for young women. Linsay’s passions are teaching life skills, supporting youth with advocating for themselves, teaching young people about generational trauma and how to break cycles within the family structures.

NATALIA ARREDONDO

Case Management Coordinator

Natalia Arredondo is a first generation Latina American, raised in the South Seattle area. As the Case Management Coordinator for the Federal Way Black Collective, she develops relationships with the program’s participants to support and connect them with services and resources that help them reach their personal goals and their children’s development milestones. Natalia has a background in working with underserved communities and implementing new programs throughout King and Snohomish County through her work with the YWCA and King County Public Health. Being a mother of two children herself, the work with the Federal Way Black Collective enables her to intertwine her compassion for both children and community building.

WHITNEY LANE

Project Support Coordinator

Whitney is a Political Science student at the University of Washington, and was born and raised in Federal Way. She is proud to be a second-generation Tongan immigrant, and is excited and honored to be working alongside a fantastic team as the Project Support Coordinator for the Federal Way Black Collective. You can usually find her conducting research or developing bright and colorful graphics for the Collective’s social media page. Whitney is passionate about coalition building and social justice, and has a history of volunteering with community-based organizations.    

YOHANNA TEWOLDE

Program Manager

Yohanna E. Tewolde is an Eritrean American entrepreneur based in Seattle. She is the Program Manager at Federal Way Black Collective, where she oversees strategy, project management, community engagement and administration. Yohanna is a community leader who has helped students in the Seattle school district by educating and mentoring youth throughout the years as well as creating opportunities through music projects. Supporting minorities is huge for her because she is a minority herself, and she has taken her work globally. In addition to her work in the community, she has a Bachelor's degree in Public Affairs and Communication.

Find out more about

FW Black Collective

Coordinated Efforts Effect

Policy Change

FW Black Collective is a non-profit organization pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.

Email: fwblackcollective@gmail.com

Phone: 253-294-3532

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