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Julie Watts, Board President

Julie helps to implement the organization’s strategic vision and oversees a range of research, policy, and external relations initiatives. Julie was previously a lecturer at the University of Washington School of Social Work, teaching courses in poverty and inequality, public policy, and community and organizational change.

Her experience also includes serving as lead public policy staff for the Statewide Poverty Action Network and the Washington Association of Churches (now the Faith Action Network), leading statewide campaigns to address poverty and inequality and advocate for creating a progressive tax structure in Washington state. Julie holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Washington. 

Cathy Adams-Bomar, board member

Cathy Adams-Bomar serves as the regional administrator for the Administration for Children and Families Region X. The region is comprised of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington state. In this capacity, she oversees the high-priority human services initiatives of the agency, administrative leadership and support for ACF Seattle staff, and human service emergency planning, preparedness and response.

Adams-Bomar has spent her career in the human services field, working in areas of domestic violence, family advocacy, child counseling and human services management. She has supervised large teams and managed a broad range of social service programs, including family advocacy, sexual assault prevention and response, new parent support, inter-cultural relations and crisis response, serving thousands of U.S. Navy families.

Adams-Bomar holds a bachelor’s in sociology and a masters in social work. While a graduate student, she was involved in developing screening tools and program materials for the Department of Defense Demonstration Program that continues today as the New Parent Support Program, providing home visitation services to military families throughout the world.

Adams-Bomar previously held numerous positions as a civilian employee for the U.S. Navy having served in many capacities worldwide including leadership roles in Spain, Japan and the U.S. Northwest region.

She has three grown children and two grandsons.

Roy Howard

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