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Nathan Thomas

Community Outreach Project Coordinator

Nathan Thomas grew up in Jamaica, Queens, a small diverse community in New York of black Americans, West Indian immigrants, Pakistani and East Indian immigrants, as well as Jewish, Italian, and Latin@ communities of all shades and diasporas.

Growing up, he was expected to fulfill his family’s expectations for success and threw himself into school, reading, and writing. He moved to Washington and grew up in Tacoma where he graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a B.A. in English Literature. After an attempt to enter medical school, Nathan pursued his Master’s in Education, eventually becoming a Montessori elementary teacher. He taught in public, private, and charter schools in Tacoma, Bellevue, and Philadelphia, earning kudos in classroom management and pedagogical excellence.

Later, Nathan earned his Creative Writing MFA in poetry from The Ohio State University before moving back to Seattle to work in community service and development, including advocating and caring for foster care youth, offering support to Seattle residents through the Crisis Line, and doing grantwriting/fundraising work for small community-based organizations in Southeast Seattle.

He is currently a Rainier Valley Corp Fellow, working with Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC) to support advocacy for students and families in under-resourced communities. Nathan is proud to bring this dedication to 501 Commons in order to support underestimated people who have always done the remarkable sustaining work of caring for their communities.