Statewide Steering Committee

Launched in 2017, the Statewide Steering Committee (SSC) is a group of seven members from around the state. We have representation from Bellingham, Seattle, Snohomish, Bremerton, and Kent.  The SSC was created as a way to move RAP into a leader-based, not staff-based movement. The SSC is in charge of making the Resident Action Project a more democratic group, dedicated to growing our base by doing more community outreach. The SSC will grow as RAP grows in more areas across the state in order to fully represent all members and regions.

Meet our committee members:

Hill Cummings – Bellingham

Hill Cummings is an advocate in Bellingham and in Whatcom County. During the three decades that he’s lived in the Pacific Northwest, he has volunteered and served on boards of several organizations pushing for social justice. The issues areas are include affordable housing and homelessness, the criminal justice system, mental and behavioral health, and more. He has been a Washington State Certified Peer Counselor since 2009. Currently, he is a leader for the Resident Action Project in Bellingham and is a vendor and board member of Real Change Whatcom County.

Bretrand Harrell (Mr. B) – Kent

Bretrand Harrell, known by many as Mr. B, works with the Resident Action Project and the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance as an advocate. He graduated from Mercer University in Georgia and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Philosophy. He joined RAP a year ago so that he could better help people who are homeless and people that are discriminated against in low-income housing. He is also a proud father of seven and grandfather of three.

Mindy Woods – Edmonds

Mindy Woods has been involved in advocacy for the past five years. She is a single mother and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and she and her son experienced homelessness twice. During her stay at a women’s shelter, she was asked to testify on a bill in Olympia, and that sparked her passion for advocacy. She joined the Bill and Melinda Gates Homeless Advisory Board in 2012 and participated in the first Emerging Advocates Program with the class of 2013. She has since been actively civically engaged. She is currently a leader in the Resident Action Project and sees the program as an opportunity to work collectively with people in her community who are also passionate about making positive policy change.

Renee Kimball-Rouse – Bremerton

Bio coming soon!

Nicki Olivier Hellenkamp – Seattle

Bio coming soon!

Kristina Sawyckyj – Seattle

Bio coming soon!

Lisa Sawyer – Seattle

Bio coming soon!

Lisa Striedinger – Centralia

Bio coming soon!