Staff

Marcy Bowers

Marcy Bowers
Director

Marcy began as a volunteer with Poverty Action in 2001 and came on staff in 2005. Since joining the staff, she has recruited and managed volunteers, led our grassroots outreach, coordinated the People’s Summit and March, led our 2008 Vote For A Change campaign, staffed the national Equal Voice for America’s Families campaign and coordinated our membership and communications efforts. Marcy now serves as Poverty Action’s Director, overseeing a stellar staff and working with our talented board. Additionally, Marcy serves as the Board Chair for the Win/Win Network and is a member of the Solid Ground Strategic Leadership Team. Marcy has deep organizing and policy experience having worked for social justice in Seattle, Texas and Central America. Marcy received her Bachelors degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Washington.

Contact Marcy at marcy@povertyaction.org

     EJ Juarez

Eliseo (EJ) Juárez
Community Relations & Development Manager

EJ is Poverty Action’s Community Relations and Development Manager. He focuses on building our membership throughout Washington state, fundraising, and managing communications campaigns. EJ has worked to elevate underrepresented communities to positions of power and engage young people in civic life through innovative campaigns all over Washington State. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Washington Bus Education Fund and Seattle Education Access. Additionally, he has been appointed by Gov. Inslee to serve on the Commission on Hispanic Affairs where he is currently serving his first term. EJ received a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies from the University of Washington where he was a Civic Engagement Fellow.

Contact EJ at ej@povertyaction.org

Senait Brown
Public Policy Campaign Manager

Senait serves as our Public Policy Campaign Manager after holding the position of Community Organizer for three years. Senait works to mobilize grassroots support around ending poverty through empowering low-income communities and communities of color to access their political voice. Currently, she serves as the lead coordinator for Poverty Action’s re-entry campaign, leadership development, anti-racist organizing, and our Vote For A Change campaign. Senait received a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning-concentration in community development for social justice from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Contact Senait at senait@povertyaction.org

Lara Sim
Senior Public Policy Campaign Manager

Lara works as Poverty Action’s Senior Campaign Manager, coordinating our lobbying, grassroots organizing, and media efforts to forward our members’ legislative agenda in Olympia.  Currently she leads our campaign to provide reasonable consumer protections for low-income and working families, as well as our campaign to ensure our state has a strong safety net. Lara has a long history of social justice advocacy; her career has focused on crafting and implementing initiatives to improve the quality of life in under-resourced communities, while creating partnerships and accountability across jurisdictions and sectors.  Prior to joining us, Lara ran a public affairs consultancy firm and also spent 10 years as Deputy Chief of Staff to County Supervisor Carson in Oakland, California. Lara holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Environmental Studies from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA.

Contact Lara at lara@povertyaction.org

 

Tony Lee
Solid Ground Policy Director

As Poverty Action’s Policy Director, Tony oversees Solid Ground’s advocacy department. He also coordinates Solid Ground’s advocacy work with local government on issues related to funding and human service policies. Tony was a founding member of Poverty Action in 1996, playing an essential role in its development and direction. Tony has more than 20 years of experience working on legal justice and legislative issues, including work as a Public Benefits Attorney at Evergreen Legal Services and as the legislative director at the WA Association of Churches. He is the past chair of the Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and is a founding member of the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition of King County.

Contact Tony at tony@povertyaction.org