Born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Caitlin has always chosen Seattle as her home base. (In fact, she’s never lived more than 20 minutes away from the Rain City’s core.) Still, her passion for international travel has taken her on many global adventures far beyond Seattle’s borders.
Wherever Caitlin goes, she actively observes what’s around her as a way of learning as much as she can from the people and places she encounters. Whether conducting research on the effects of gender for a micro-finance organization in Ghana, living and studying in El Salvador for four months, or completing impact assessments on an organization working to end violence against women in Guatemala, Caitlin seeks and discovers meaningful experiences by taking herself out of her comfort zone. The many relationships she has formed while abroad have shaped her life and reinforced the importance of community. When looking at her life’s proverbial pins spread across a map of the world, she feels lucky to have called so many places home.
Caitlin recently stuck around these parts long enough to complete the coursework needed for her double degrees in Spanish and Humanities for Teaching from Seattle University. When she’s not working, studying or traveling, she spends as much time as she can in local cafes and bookstores. (There’s something about the combined smell of coffee and books that keeps her returning for more.) Otherwise, she can often be found cooking, baking, laughing, playing with dogs, Skyping with loved ones or adding an artistic flourish to anything from nametags to welcome signs. Just as Caitlin’s beautiful calligraphy permeates the iLEAP offices, so too does her positive influence.
In her role as Program Manager, Caitlin administers our programs focused on Latin America, including our partnership with Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos. She is currently on sabbatical leave, returning to the office in May 2017.