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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 policy 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 has 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. 

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