Announcing Our Executive Director

The Eastside Human Services Forum is pleased to announce Caitlin Pontrella as its first Executive Director, to lead the organization in its efforts to create and advocate on behalf of an expanding network of health and human service organizations on the Eastside. They will oversee the strategic growth and operations of the Forum, and will be instrumental to leading our core initiative, including: 

  • Convening health and human service leaders around current issues 
  • Supporting advocates for public policy, reform, and increased funding for providers 
  • Developing free, accessible resources for public education 

Board Chair Al Smith noted “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Caitlin. After a robust internal governance review, the Forum Board concluded our mission would be best served with an Executive Director who can provide increased professional support for the many things the Forum provides the Eastside. Caitlin is just the person we need to lead us in these efforts during these difficult times, as we navigate the COVID pandemic, the continued disparate impacts of societal and governmental policies on BIPOC communities, and the ever present challenges of funding the many human services needs on the Eastside and elsewhere.” 

Caitlin brings 11 years of executive and operations experience in the non-profit and public sector, centering around their desire for all people to live into the fullest measure of humanity. During this time, they directed the strategic growth and change of multiple organizations, created $2.2 million in new programs and events that served over 33,000 people, and built collaborative networks of funders, community organizations, schools, and government agencies. Most recently they have served in leadership at Kirkland Arts Center, Shorelake Arts, and Parkour Visions. 

“I’m excited and honored to join the Forum at this pivotal point in the organizations history. I want to thank the Board of Directors for this leadership opportunity. I recognize I have a lot to learn and I intend to invest time and attention to get to know and understand the EHSF community; pressing issues; and the legislative agenda impacting the broader health and human services industry.” 

Caitlin will work closely with the Forum Board to fulfil its mission of bringing together a wide range of voices to build a stable and equitable human services network accessible to all residents, strengthening our East King County communities, with a focus on education, advocacy, and collaboration.  

*We are inviting health and human service organizations, other interested organizations such as school districts, local governments, health provider organizations, and businesses, as well as interested community members, to help focus our efforts for the near term and for the future.

Please participate before November 1. Our survey will only take about 5 minutes.