Fairbanks, Alaska, U.S.
|Residence||Seattle, Washington, U.S.|
|Education||Antioch University Seattle (BA)|
|Awards||King County’s Martin Luther King Jr. Medal of Distinguished Service (2020) Adeline Garcia Community Service Award (2018), Antioch University’s Public Service Award (2018), Crosscut Media’s Courage Award for Public Service (2016)|
Colleen Echohawk (born 1976) is an American nonprofit executive, consultant, and candidate for mayor of Seattle. She is a member of the Kithehaki Band of the Pawnee Nation and Upper Athabascan people of Mentasta Lake.
Echohawk was born in 1976 in Fairbanks, Alaska, and was raised in Delta Junction, 99 miles to the south.
Echohawk is the Executive Director of the Chief Seattle Club, a Seattle-based nonprofit providing housing assistance, healthcare, food, job training, and other services for their membership, which is mainly American Indian and Alaska Native people.
Echohawk is the founder of the Coalition to End Indigenous Homelessness.
A long-time advocate for affordable housing and solutions to homelessness, Echohawk joined the Board of the National Low Income Housing Coalition in 2021.
She has served on Seattle's Community Police Commission since 2017.
2021 Seattle mayoral election
In January 2021, Echohawk announced her candidacy in the 2021 Seattle mayoral election. Her campaign is centered on equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, affordable housing and homelessness, and criminal justice reform.
Echohawk has lived in Seattle since 1997. She resides in North Seattle with her husband and two children.
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- Echohawk, Colleen. "COALITION BRINGS TOGETHER PARTNERS TO REDUCE HOMELESSNESS AMONG AMERICAN INDIANS/ALASKA NATIVES | Crosscut". www.usich.gov.
- Kim Jr., Dae Shik; Oron, Guy. "Seattle Destroyed Homeless Encampments as the Pandemic Raged| Crosscut". thenation.com.
- "NLIHC Announces Four New Board Members: Staci Berger, Colleen Echohawk, Anne Mavity, and Sharon Vogel".
- "Community Police Commission meeting minutes" (PDF). 2017-08-16. Unknown parameter
- "Colleen Echohawk's Vision for Seattle". Echohawk for Seattle Mayor. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
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