Colleen Echohawk is an enrolled member of the Kithehaki Band of the Pawnee Nation and a member of the Upper Ahtna Athabascan people of Mentasta Lake. She is Executive Director of the Chief Seattle Club, a non-profit dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless and low-income urban Native people in Seattle, and Founder of the Coalition to End Urban Native Homelessness.
Ms. Echohawk is interested in working with community to create systems and structures that help facilitate wellness and encourages kindness and courage. Her work has been focused on organizational development and leadership; helping brilliant people do better work for the greater good. Colleen holds a B.A. degree from Antioch University and a Certificate in Organizational Development and Leadership. She is the co-founder and principal at Headwater People Consulting Group.
She serves on several boards including, Seattle Foundation, KUOW (National Public Radio member station), All Home Coordinating Board, Metropolitan Improvement District, Pioneer Square Preservation Board and is the board chair at Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre, and past board member at the Chief Seattle Club.
Colleen is a proud Mom to two children and is married to Matt Hayashi. In her spare time she loves to read, sing karaoke, listen to National Public Radio and cook delicious food for friends and family.