Caitlin Terashima Alvarenga
Caitlin is the Executive Assistant for iLEAP where she uses her gift of organization to help keep things running smoothly and her love of aesthetics to keep the space beautiful. She is a fourth generation biracial Japanese American and loves the ability to learn more about her roots from working at iLEAP.
From 2016-2018, Caitlin was in El Salvador co-directing an international volunteer program with the University of Central America (UCA) that focused on supporting grassroots initiatives with academic resources. Her work entailed supporting the local and international volunteers, bringing the needs and wants of the local communities to the decision making table in the university, and living-in and accompanying the communities with whom she worked. Caitlin also supported the work of IDHUCA (the UCA’s human rights institute), where she assisted a team of lawyers and psychologists who were accompanying families affected by forced displacement due to violence. Caitlin holds a BA in Humanities for Teaching and Spanish from Seattle University.
In addition to her work at iLEAP, Caitlin is in the midst of applying for law school where she hopes to use her education to create meaningful change and advocate for marginalized communities, specifically immigrants and refugees.
A Seattle native, Caitlin is happy to be back making her home in Seattle. Having most recently lived in El Salvador, she still spends as much time as possible there with her partner, Franklin.