Meet Kelly Riffer!
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Kelly Riffer joins the SOWA team as our Coaching Services Manager supporting our many coaches working with expanded learning programs across the region. Kelly is very familiar with the expanded learning field and program quality improvement, having worked in a 21st Century Community Learning Center program in Michigan where she also partnered with the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality and got all trained up! Learn more about Kelly and why she's excited to be joining our team.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Southern California, but I never moved back! I went to college in Maine and immediately moved to Oakland, California upon graduation to pursue a career in education. I moved to Michigan in 2013 (for love) and we finally made the move back West this past June!
What do you like to do in your down time?
I have a hard time sitting still, and you can usually find me hiking, running, or walking around the neighborhood. I love being in the PNW especially for the accessibility of hiking trails! But when the weather is less than ideal, I’m equally happy spending time with family and friends cooking or playing games and cuddling with my two cats, Merlin and River.
What brought you to SOWA?
I’m inspired by the children, families, and colleagues I’ve worked with throughout my career. When I made the move to Seattle, I knew I wanted to find an organization that “lived their mission” and I believe SOWA is that place! I believe wholeheartedly that quality programming can move the needle for the youth they serve and am excited to support the programs across Washington state.
Tell us one thing you are proud of.
I am proud of my work ethic. I’m very passionate about positive youth development and am always looking to build new partnerships and fill in service gaps for the students, families, and staff I am working with. I also work equally hard on my personal wellness, which recently has meant listening to my body and creating an exercise plan that focuses on appropriate rest and recovery in addition to strength and endurance!
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