Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Meet the Staff: Caleb Marshall!

Recently, RTS welcome Caleb Marshall to our Staff, who is serving as our new Programs Manager!  Caleb joined RTS after serving for seven years at KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit with a mission to create great playspaces through the participation and leadership of communities.  With his great experience, sincere passion for the RTS mission, along with his sincere efforts to initiate March Madness brackets at the RTS office, we are thrilled to have Caleb join our team!

Let's hear from Caleb:

1.  How did you first hear about Rebuilding Together Seattle (RTS)?

Having lived and worked in Washington, DC for six years, I was very familiar with the Rebuilding Together mission and brand through the national office.  In fact, a few of my colleagues at the organization I worked for--KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for children--had left to join Rebuilding Together.  When I moved to Seattle in the summer of 2012 I immediately put RTS on my radar, knowing the RTS model and mission deeply resonates with me.

2.  What interested you in working for Rebuilding Together Seattle?  Why do you support our mission?

At my core I believe in the importance of civic engagement and the capacity of volunteers to strengthen our communities.  Addressing our basic human need for housing security is critical to growing and sustaining our city in an equitable way.  What better way to do that than bringing together volunteers and communities to help low income homeowners live in warmth, safety, and independence!

3.  What are you looking forward to most in regard to your role at RTS as Programs Manager?  What are your hopes for RTS in years to come?

Most exciting to me is the opportunity to support some of Seattle's most economically vulnerable and historically underserved.  The personal interactions and careful work in matching homeowners with caring volunteer partners--including individuals, groups and agencies, and private enterprise--will be one of the keys to our success in continuing to develop high quality and consistency programs with lasting impact.  I am enthusiastic to join in taking up that responsibility.  Moreover, my hope for RTS in years to come, and part of my focus to ensure, is that we capitalize on strategies and systems that will allow us to serve the greatest number of people, engaging as many assets as possible.  The direction of RTS and our growth in recent years puts us in an outstanding position, with tremendous potential, moving forward.  We have the leadership of the RTS staff and board to thank for that, but most importantly we recognize the contributions of our partners, particularly our volunteers, in both leading and inspiring our past work and our hopes for the future.

4.  Tell us a bit about yourself - what do you like to do during your spare time?

As an outdoor enthusiast and relatively recent transplant to Seattle, I can be found exploring the area through running, biking, and hiking.  I enjoy playing and watching a wide variety of sports, particularly football, but also relish sitting down with a good history book.  In July I will marry my life partner and love, Nicole Lucas.  A Northwest native, Nicole works for City Year Seattle, directing a corps of young adults who are combating the national dropout crisis by aiding teachers as tutors, mentors, and role-models in our public schools.

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