small but mighty

We are dedicated team players who bring energy, ideas and pride to our work.

Our Team

Paula Steinke

Director

Paula Steinke (she/her) is the Director of Soar. Paula believes in honoring and building upon individual, family and community strengths. She is committed to undoing structural racism and working for social justice through listening to, learning from, and elevating community voices. Paula enjoys systems thinking, collective action, purposeful wandering, and other non-linear approaches toward being a change agent. She gained her most valuable and humbling lessons through life experience: the first person in her family to attend college, parenting two daughters, friendships with people from many walks of life, being in the presence of animals and nature. Paula happily admits that her world view has been profoundly influenced by speculative fiction.

Paula@soarkc.org | 206.336.6930

Makayla Wright

Youth Voice Organizing Manager

Makayla (they/them) is the Youth Voice Organizing Manager for Soar. They grew up in Leavenworth Kansas and studied sociology and psychology at Smith College. They have worked in educational outreach programs, youth residential treatment facilities, charter schools, and as an Academic Coach for students in Tacoma. They now advocate for youth and young adults in King County and nationally by convening the King County Youth Advisory Council and organizing the King County Community Action Team for Opportunity Youth United, a nationwide grassroots movement led by youth from nontraditional paths.They also intern as a Mental Health Therapist at a local agency in King County. In their spare time Makayla attends graduate school at Case Western Reserve University. They also write and edit a blog about the Black experience in America called “where are the black leaders”.

Makayla@soarkc.org | 206.336.6937

Devan Rogers

Youth Voice Outreach Coordinator

Devan Rogers (They/Them), is a Black, Fat, Queer, Artist who has lived in Seattle, (Coastal Salish & Duwamish Territories) for all 23 years of their life. Of those 23 years they have been an Anti-Racist Community Organizer for 8, their main focus being on prison abolition, and specifically the #NoNewYouthJail campaign, a campaign started by Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR) and spearheaded by Ending the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC) which Devan is both a member in the community. Devan is proud to rep Skyway & Rainer Beach as their home. They are a Virgo, a video game nerd, and proud caretaker to a sweet and mischievous cat named Koda.

Devan@soarkc.org | 206.261.3434

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