Our New Organizer!

We are delighted to announce that we have hired Amber Dickson to join the FAN Staff as a full-time Organizer for our statewide network! Amber will be familiar to many of you—she served at FAN in 2014-15 as an intern with the Justice Leadership Program of the United Church of Christ. During that time, she got to know many of you through FAN organizing and events, discovered her passion for criminal justice after visiting Monroe prison, and learned about advocacy at the state level as well as federal during Ecumenical Advocacy Days. She continued as a JLP intern to do a second year of service at Children’s Alliance, where she worked with the organizing team on Advocacy Camp, Have a Heart for Kids Day, legislative research and advocacy, and other special projects. During both years, Amber worked with the Racial Equity Team to have an equity impact on public policies across many issues. She spent last year in New York City reconnecting with family, attending Sayville Congregational UCC on Long Island and volunteering with the Refugee Action Committee. Amber is originally from South Carolina, spent her teenage years in Spanaway, and graduated from Seattle Pacific University. She is excited to begin her work next week—you can send her a note of welcome to dickson@fanwa.org.

A message from our Governing Board Co-Chairs Rev. Carol Jensen & Rabbi Aaron Meyer: When last April the FAN Governing Board first discussed the possibility of expanding our staff capacity by adding an organizer, we had the audacity to dream about raising the funds and getting somebody on board by September 1. With everything else going on this summer there were many moments when we doubted that would happen. We are so excited to welcome Amber, who will bring her passion for social justice, organizing experience, and unique perspectives to this position. We invite you to participate in this capacity building for FAN and support Amber’s work with us by contributing whatever fits with your own circumstances, as we close the gap for the extra funds needed to secure her position for the next three years. You can contribute securely at the orange Donate button at the top of our home page: fanwa.org.

We thank those of you who have contributed significantly already. We hope you will all share the excitement we feel at this next step for FAN’s work for justice.