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Manny
Executive Director

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Manny was born and raised in the mountains of Puerto Rico and has lived in several places throughout the Island and mainland USA. He has a BA in Sociology from the University of Puerto Rico — Mayagüez and a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, MA. Manny also has graduate studies in Public Administration and is currently finishing his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico – Ponce Campus. Manny is passionate about social justice, LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights, Latino/a rights, and intersectional work. As a queer theologian and advocate, he frequently writes and leads workshops on matters related to LGBTQ and Latino/a identity, queer spirituality, and their intersection. Outside the Center, he enjoys cooking, reading works by Latina authors, and traveling. He looks forward to seeing the Rainbow Center grow in diversity, in partnerships, and in advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ community. Twitter  Instagram Facebook

Laura
Director of Program Operations

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Laura was raised in small-town Alaska, but has spent nearly 18 years in Tacoma including the time spent earning a BA at PLU. She considers herself both a Tacoman and an Alaskan. Laura loves her job and the many ways she is helping to make a difference in the community. To the Rainbow Center, Laura brings a passion for people, social justice, and lifelong learning. For Laura being the Center Administrator is the best job ever, and she’s looking forward to being with the RC through the new changes and beyond. (Laura is currently on leave and will be back in mid-September.)

Tara
Community Advocate

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Tara is an African American graduate of The Evergreen State College, Tacoma, Washington. She has spent the last four years strongly cultivating her passion for community activism. She has served terms as Board Member and Chairperson for the Services and Activities Fee Allocation Board of The Evergreen State College, and Intern and Program Assistant for the Rainbow Center. She is dedicated to advocating for her community around social justice, environmental racism, LGBTQIA rights, and the Black Lives Matter movement. She is ecstatic about her new role at the Rainbow Center as the Community Advocate and is eager to connect.

Vaan
Community Education & Outreach Coordinator

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Vaan has been all over the country due to his military family, but considers Southern California his home. He moved to Washington in 2014 and eventually ended up in Tacoma, coming to call it his home away from home. Known as the “CSI Guy” among staff, his experience and education come from government, security, criminal justice, emergency-response, crime scene clean-up, and various jobs in between. He has a deep passion for helping people and is excited for the opportunity to bring that passion to the LGBTQA community as the Victims of Crime Advocate. Vaan spends his down time with his partner where they enjoy everything horror-related, discover new avenues to living healthily, and contemplate how many cats and dogs they should have.

Madeline
Community Programs Coordinator

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Madeline  comes to the Rainbow Center with experience in program implementation for education and health equity initiatives. She earned a B.A. in Women’s Studies from the George Washington University, and has since been dreaming of an education system with comprehensive and LGBTQ inclusive sexuality education. Madeline leads the Rainbow Center’s community programs and is excited to connect with the people that make up Pierce and King Counties’ LGBTQ community. Outside of work, Madeline enjoys large gatherings of friends and family, collaborative art creations, reading and reflecting on the words of radical feminist leaders, and exploring the great outdoors. Originally from the East Coast, she’s absolutely thrilled by all the wonders of Washington state and is happy to call this place her home. Twitter and Instagram: @maddiemades

Karen
Community Assistant

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Karen immigrated from Jalisco, Mexico at a young age and moved to the small town of Sumner, Washington. She has a BA in Political Science and Latin American studies from Whitworth University in Spokane. Karen is passionate about immigrant rights having spent most of her time at school working with undocumented youth around the state and across the country. Outside of work and activism, Karen enjoys finding hidden waterfalls and exploring the great Northwest. She is excited to be working at the Rainbow Center and meeting everyone who comes in through our doors.

Orion
AmeriCorps Volunteer Mental Health Access Coordinator

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Orion has lived throughout the Pacific Northwest since childhood, from Southeast Alaska to Seattle. Mental health advocacy and queer justice are both issues close to their heart, and they are excited to join the Rainbow Center and to connect with Tacoma communities. In their free time, Orion enjoys making art and zines, supporting local social justice movements, live music, and hanging out in nature.

Hours of Operation

Mon. Tues. Thurs. Fri. 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Wednesday 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday Closed

Crime Victim Service Center 24-Hour Hotline:

800-346-7555
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a crime, there is help.

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