Grace Badik (she/her/hers) serves as Program Specialist with Northwest Housing Alternatives supporting the organization across its many needs with a focus on outcome analysis and communication. Grace has worked in nonprofits for the last six years. Her work has taken her from the streets of Portland working with people experiencing houselessness to the snowy roads of Alaska to the steps of the Capitol. Strong themes of her work nonprofit work are housing and homelessness and the cultivation of community and service. Her previous experiences include facilitating leadership workshops on public narrative, advocacy for housing and homelessness services, and direct service work with those on the streets. She has called Portland home since 2013, but is originally from Ohio.
In addition to her professional work, Grace spends her time volunteering at Write Around Portland as an office volunteer and volunteer writing facilitator. She also serves as the treasurer for Wolakota Youth Programs, a nonprofit based in Michigan that builds relationships and community between Native and non-Native youth. To unwind, Grace likes to get lost in a good book, hike in the woods, and play board games with friends. She has been a part of creative writing group for the last two years and has read her work on the radio and at public readings.
Grace is passionate about community building, writing, and creating a more just and equitable society. She is gearing up for law school with the hopes of continuing her advocacy work for the most marginalized.