Hikma Sherka, René Murry, David Streeter, Samantha Wells
RENÉ MURRY has been a direct service worker and advocate for children, youth, and families for over 30 years. She received her Masters in Counseling in 1982 from the University of North Dakota, was a Children’s Protective Services worker in North Carolina from 1984 to 1989, a Foster Parent Developer for the YMCA of Greater Seattle from 1989 to 1994 and a Children’s Legislative Advocate in Washington state from 1989 to Present. Her advocacy roles range from a parent and PTA officer in Seattle public schools to co-chairing the Public Policy Committee of the Children’s Alliance and Chairing the Children’s Campaign Fund.
HIKMA SHERKA is a college student passionate about elevating youth voice. She was born and raised in Ethiopia and moved to the United States in 2008. Motivated by her experience of seeing her mother discriminated against in the work place, she decided to pursue a career as a civil rights attorney after graduation. In her high school years, she got connected to the King County Youth Advisory Council and fell in love with the youth development field. She sits on multiple youth boards and was recently appointed to the King County Children and Youth Advisory Board (CYAB). After being the only young person in many spaces that claim to serve youth and young adults, Hikma aims to encourage spaces to center youth voice in the decision-making process.
DAVID STREETER is Washington Nonprofits’ Director of Public Policy and Advocacy. David is passionate about supporting nonprofits’ work by educating about public policy and creating opportunities for action. Before moving to Seattle, David held positions as the Public Policy Manager for The Forbes Funds’ Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership in Pittsburgh, PA and as the Press Secretary for the National Jewish Democratic Council in Washington, DC. He is originally from Los Gatos, CA and received his BA and MPA degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.
SAMANTHA WELLS is a current graduate student at the University of Washington, working on her master’s in social work. Raised on the Kitsap Peninsula, she developed a great love for the outdoors and micro brews. She has a strong passion for creating systemic change at the policy level, along with building greater equity within our communities. This is her first experience working with nonprofit organizations. She is excited to see how social work and nonprofits can be used together to foster an equitable experience as Washington Nonprofits’ newest MSW policy intern.