Nov. 25, 2014: Michelle Bradley, EKARI Foundation and Brooke Knight, YMCA Youth Services

by Gary Fast on May 31, 2014

MichelleBradleyMichelle Bradley, Co-founder, Executive Director, EKARI Foundation

In 2007, Michelle was deeply affected by Malawi’s people – their hospitality and their poverty – during her first visit to Malawi, Africa. She resigned from her full-time architecture career in 2010 after 10 1/2 years in order to pursue her true passion for community development. In 2012, she received her Master’s degree in Global Community Development from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. Michelle lived for several months at a time in the rural communities of southern Malawi in order to better understand the culture and needs of the community members she serves through the EKARI Foundation. Michelle travels to Malawi each year to monitor and evaluate EKARI’s current programs as well as complete research for new programs.


BrookeKnightBrooke Knight, Young Adult Services, YMCA

Brooke Knight’s career focus has been on giving people the tools, resources and support they need to become self-sufficient and stable.  After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Brooke started her career with the US Peace Corps in Ghana helping to make a small agroforestry non-profit become financially sustainable.    Brooke has spent the last 13 years focused primarily on housing and services for chronically homeless adults, families and youth, first in the Bay Area and for the past seven years with the YMCA of Greater Seattle.  Brooke’s current work focuses on empowering high need youth and young adults to become productive members of our community.

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