She brings a broad range of skills, expertise, and strategic vision to the role, as well as a deep commitment to FamilyWorks’ vision and values. We are confident that under her leadership FamilyWorks will continue to connect individuals and families to nourishing food, essential resources, and a supportive community, so people can build resiliency to meet life’s challenges.
For now, please watch the following video introduction to meet Marcia Wright-Soika virtually:
Marcia has served community throughout her career, deliberately stepping into the nonprofit sector after being inspired by the strength, resilience, and need of the local communities she covered as a journalist in Pennsylvania. Marcia has led several multi-faceted teams, building strong, productive, and enduring relationships with program participants, her staff and teammates, and mentors. Marcia has significant experience with strategic program design, philanthropy, and communications.
In her most recent role as Director of Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships for Mercy Housing Northwest, she helped to lead the strategy that launched a new community resource center in South Seattle, inspired in part by the holistic family services offered at FamilyWorks. Marcia expanded Mercy Housing’s visibility in Seattle through community, corporate, and media partnerships and increased revenue for resident services programs in their affordable housing communities. She was also instrumental in ensuring Mercy Housing has the resources for emergency response during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Marcia has demonstrated her strong commitment to racial equity and justice throughout her career by leading racial equity work at each organization where she has served and reinvigorated YWCA Delaware’s vision and strategy for anti-racist work – a critical piece of its mission. Marcia is a highly respected leader in our community, serving on Seattle Women’s Commission and maintaining relationships with local policy makers and funders.
Marcia’s expertise and experience run deep, and the FamilyWorks Board and staff are so pleased to begin this next phase of FamilyWorks story together.
“I am truly honored and thrilled that the Board has asked me to be FamilyWorks’ next Executive Director,” said Marcia Wright-Soika. “I’m looking forward to connecting with our volunteers, donors and participants that form this rich and vibrant community. We are going to need every single one of our voices as we steer through the coronavirus pandemic, which has really shown how important and vital FamilyWorks is to the community.”
Your participation will allow FamilyWorks to nourish and empower families and individuals safely and effectively during this time and will continue to be critical in the time to come.
FamilyWorks envisions a vibrant and healthy community with strong, well-nourished families as the foundation. FamilyWorks connects neighbors and families to nourishing food, essential resources, and a supportive community, so people can build resiliency to meet life’s challenges.
FamilyWorks is the only organization in Seattle with a food bank and family resource center in the same building. Because of this unique blend of services, neighbors and families have access to nutritious groceries at both our Greenwood and Wallingford Food Banks, as well as a wide array of programs and resources at our Wallingford Family Resource Center.
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