About Northwest Resource Associates

Northwest Resource Associates (NWRA) was created as a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation in the State of Washington in 1980. We deploy carefully selected, well-organized teams of professionals to respond quickly and effectively to emerging needs in the human services arena.

NWRA has an established record of almost 40 years of incomparable service in the Pacific Northwest states (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington), as well as nationally. Our headquarters is in Seattle, Washington. We also have offices in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Wasilla, Alaska, and in Portland, Oregon.

Our work is supported by grants and contracts from federal, state, and local government agencies; nonprofit human services agencies, universities and research institutions, foundations, and corporations.

As of June 1, 2020, Anna Marshall is the executive director.

Our Mission

Our Board of Directors has established the Northwest Resource Associates mission:

To provide a resource of knowledge and expertise to strengthen the work of organizations and programs that promote and enhance the welfare, health, and safety of children, individuals, families, and communities.

In addition, the Board of Directors has stated Northwest Resource Associates' strategic intent:

  • We emphasize a rapid response to emerging issues in areas such as special needs adoption, foster care, mental health, and victim services; juvenile justice; and homelessness.
  • We cultivate and establish productive alliances and partnerships with public and private agencies, units of government, community organizations, and educational institutions.
  • We advance knowledge and understanding through sound research and evaluation.
  • We stress quality and excellence, teamwork, diversity, and community involvement as core organizational values.

Our Commitment to Quality

We will demonstrate our spirit of friendly client service by providing helpful and responsive assistance in a caring and considerate manner.

Honesty — We will be fair and honest in our relations with clients, striving to achieve the highest level of integrity and trustworthiness.

Respect — We will be respectful, courteous, and understanding of our clients' needs and will always treat them as we would want to be treated.

Dedication — We will hold ourselves accountable to ensure that services are provided to the best of our ability in a responsible, dependable, and timely manner.

Professionalism — We will strive to demonstrate competency, knowledge, and efficiency in our jobs that exceeds the expectations of our clients, both internal and external.

Discretion — We will, at all times, respect the confidential nature of our communications with clients and will disclose their information only to those authorized to receive it.

Positive Attitude — Our commitment to superior service encompasses all of the ways we interact with clients: in-person, telephone, email, and written communication.

Equity and Inclusion

At Northwest Resource Associates, we acknowledge the historical discrimination and marginalization that has created unfair advantages for some and disadvantages for others. These inequities persist in every sector of society, including the human services community. Pursuing equity and inclusion is a top priority across all programs at Northwest Resource Associates.

In 2013, we became an LGBTQ+ culturally competent organization through the Human Rights Campaign’s All Children - All Families (ACAF) program. The program requires ongoing staff training that solidifies our ability to serve LGBTQ+ children and families.

In 2019, we formed our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee to recommend additional pathways and expand our efforts to become a more equitable and inclusive agency, with a particular emphasis on anti-racism.

Currently we are working on:

  • Funding ongoing learning for all staff. Effective conversations about creating change require a shared vocabulary and understanding of discrimination and marginalization, both at individual and structural levels. We are invested in quarterly trainings that move staff toward a common language to address issues of racism, bias, and other discrimination. In addition, we will continue creating intentional spaces for staff to communicate and have brave conversations so that the learning can be incorporated.
  • Reviewing employment practices. We are committed to reviewing and revising our current employment practices and to eliminate potential bias and promote behavior that fosters inclusion. We are focused on revising hiring practices, performance evaluations, exit interviews, and other employee policies.
We will continually update our objectives to promote learning, growth, and change at Northwest Resource Associates.