Kerri Pedrick has joined WA Engage as the Executive Director. Her passion and experience is in empowering and directly supporting young people, refugees and those who serve them. For the last seven years, Kerri has served in different areas of leadership at Peace Community Center in Tacoma, WA. Kerri's education is in community-based social work with a master’s degree in Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University School of Social Work in New York, NY. She grew up in rural eastern Washington but has called Tacoma home for the last 13 years, where she lives with her husband James and daughters Penny and Parker. Kerri is excited to put her passion, experience and skills to work to help prevent human trafficking by protecting and empowering the most vulnerable in our communities.
Ruth has been combating human trafficking since 2007. She launched Washington Engage’s community coalition initiative in 2013 and is currently focusing on protecting youth from sex trafficking. In addition to degrees in Psychology and Education, she holds a Masters in Social Justice from Loyola University Chicago. Ruth currently serves as Education Director, overseeing the Youth Education Program.