Community Organizer in Seattle, Washington
E.N. West, also affectionately called "E", is invested in naming the world as it is and re/imagining the world as it could be. West is a faith-based community organizer in Seattle, Washington.
E.N. West, affectionately called "E", proudly hails from Alexandria, Virginia in the D.C. metropolitan area, and is a graduate of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia with a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Government. They are currently based in Seattle, Washington, completing their second fellowship year with the Justice Leadership Program - Pacific Northwest (JLP) via the United Church of Christ (UCC). Through JLP, West is working with the Church Council of Greater Seattle as a faith-based community organizer, in addition to serving at Liberation UCC. They are a 2018-2019 Krista Colleague through the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship, and a 2017-2018 alumnx of the Young People For (YP4) fellowship.
West's current organizing work resides at the intersection of housing justice and spiritually-rooted leadership development. This recent work has been featured on the United Church of Christ's "Podcast for a Just World" and the "Everything is Workable" podcast. West has been invited to workshop, speak and preach on faith and justice in spaces and organizations across the United States, including the 2018 YP4 National Summit, Seattle University, University Congregational UCC (the Pacific Northwest's largest UCC congregation), the 2018 Weaving Our Strengths conference, Feminist Camp, Kids4Peace, Out in Front, University of Washington School of Social Work, and for the national UCC.
Their past work on issues such as gender-inclusive housing at their alma mater, faith and sexuality in the United Methodist Church, QTPOC style, and more has been featured by National Public Radio, HuffPost, and AFROPUNK (respectively), along with numerous other print and online publications.
They feel called to movement chaplaincy, an emerging ministry which pairs justice work with pastoral care, but ultimately their goal is to be the person they needed when they were younger.
In their personal life, West enjoys black turtlenecks, boxing, taquerias, POC-led environmental justice organizing, reading social justice literature, and listening to queer podcasters of color.