Kari is a writer, mother of two and founder of The SELF Project, which works to increase community and resilience for teens and tweens. Kari joined Bridgeways’ board because she wanted to put her community engagement and event planning knowledge to work. “The unique model of supporting housing and sustainable employment struck me as a particularly effective way to help adults living with mental illness. And my previous advocacy for marginalized individuals, and work in social justice feels like a strong fit for the organization,” says Kari. She is the author of two recent books and teaches educators and parents how to support adolescents as they face the unique challenges of this time in their lives. Kari loves cooking, exploring the Pacific Northwest’s outdoor spaces, and is learning to play mah-jongg (slowly).