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:
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
Renee Kimball is an advocate and self-proclaimed “starfish thrower” from Kitsap County who believes change is made by one action at a time. Renee is driven to work on humanitarian issues through sharing a birthday with Princess Diana and living by her mom’s advice: “The Creator does not call the qualified; He qualifies the called!” She stepped up to be an advocate because she believes Justice does not happen by accident, and she has a the calling to shine light on injustice. Renee turned her life and situation from something she thought would break her, into something that built her to advocate for social justice. Renee works to build and empower a movement of those trapped under policies that are not working to house people, employ people, and ease the transition of re-entry from the prison system into a powerful group of people finding their voices. During the 2018 Legislative Session, Renee helped pass bills to “Ban The Box” for job applicants, outlaw source of income discrimination in housing, increase document recording fees to expand homelessness assistance, and several others bills related to housing and health care. Renee is proud to be the second recipient of the Nancy Amidei Movement Builder Award, and she was recognized by Congressman Derek Kilmer for winning the such a prestigious honor. Renee was chosen by Senator Maria Cantwell to speak on behalf of Medicaid recipients for keeping the Affordable Care Act in place. Visit Renee’s website at www.livingwithconviction.org to learn more about her work and advocacy.
Kristina Sawyckyj – Seattle
Bio coming soon!
Lisa Sawyer – Seattle
Bio coming soon!
Lisa Striedinger – Centralia
Lisa Striedinger is a Licensed Ordained Minister, Recovery Coach and Certified Behavioral Health Peer Counselor. Lisa advocates for those without homes, educating local leaders and community members about the realities of homelessness, extending out the hand of hope, that change can happen. Because Lisa has personally experienced being without a home, her goal is to end homelessness, and bring more affordable housing and resources into her community. Lisa is currently pursuing a career in Chemical Dependency, specializing in Alcoholism, and Mental Health. She has a Certificate of completion in Botany Science, and 3 pre-apprenticeships in the Trades field. At 48, Lisa loves Jesus; music; and her family. She is a dedicated mother of 3 wonderful children; a loving grandmother to 3 beautiful grandbabies; and a faithful, loving wife to her husband, Steven Hubbard.