Abby Anderson

I grew up in Lewis County, Washington. In my home town, there were only two grocery stores and just one high school. Regardless of race, religion, or socioeconomic status, we were all sharing the same spaces. This small-town reality highlighted stark inequality for me from a young age. In college I had the opportunity to live and work in Guayaquil, Ecuador and saw that the same structures of power and privilege breed inequality on an international scale as well.

I deeply appreciate the words of Lilla Watson, an Indigenous Australian activist: “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

This philosophy has guided me, eventually leading me to study social work and then back to my home state. I have primarily worked in the areas of child welfare, prevention of child maltreatment, and immigration reform and advocacy. I look forward to continue advocating for justice alongside organizations in King County.


  • Research Consultant, MLWhalen Consulting Present
  • Program Supervisor / Case Manager, YouthCare – ORR Shelter 2017 – 2019
    • Shelter for unaccompanied minors pursuing reunification with family members
  • Research Analyst, Casey Family Programs – Research Services 2017
    • Provides evaluation support to improve child welfare
  • Evaluation/Research Assistant, Harborview/UW – HIPRC 2017
    • Qualitative research on differential health care for Hispanic versus non-Hispanic families
  • Research Assistant, UW – Social Development Research Group 2016
  • Evaluation Associate, Curtis Center Program Evaluation Group at University of Michigan 2015 – 2016
    • Provides comprehensive evaluation services to a broad range of community-based agencies
  • Assistant to the Executive Director, JPC Uruguay/Claves 2011 – 2013
    • Community-based organization working to prevent violence against children throughout Latin America


  • Master’s in Social Work, University of Michigan 2016
    • Concentration: Management of Human Service, Children and Youth
    • Board Fellowship, Center for Social Impact at UM Ross School of Business (2014 – 2016)
  • B.A. in International Relations, Wheaton College 2011
    • Certificate: Human Needs and Global Resources in Guayaquil, Ecuador 2010

Community Engagement

  • Member of Immigration Task Force for Fauntleroy UCC 2018 – Present
  • Case Management Intern with Huron Valley Ambulance, connecting frequent users of emergency services to wrap-around care in Washtenaw County, MI 2015 – 2016
  • Acting board member with “Alternatives for Girls,” a nonprofit supporting young women in Detroit 2015
  • Social Work Intern and Management Support at Christ Child House, residential treatment center for children in Detroit, MI 2014 – 2015
  • Leader for World Relief Teen group for refugee high-school girls in Aurora, IL 2011