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, 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 vision

All young people have family that nurtures their growth and potential.

Our mission

Northwest Resource Associates designs and delivers programs and technology that empower youth, strengthen families, and improve child welfare systems.

What we do

Family recruitment

We inspire and prepare foster and adoptive families to parent youth living in foster care.

Family support

We support families of all types. We listen and provide information, insight, and connection to services.

Youth engagement

We engage and empower youth to tell their own stories and shape their futures.


We provide both families and child welfare professionals with information and skill-building opportunities like workshops, training, and mentoring.

Digital communication

We design and develop user-centered digital products – including apps, websites, training, and communications – that inspire, inform, and empower.

Our commitment to racial equity

We acknowledge historical and systemic racism within Child Welfare and know that reforming the sector starts with us—as individuals, as programs, as an agency.

Currently, we are working on:

  • Prioritizing racial equity in our strategic plan and all that we do.
  • Developing a racial equity framework for evaluating programs and projects.
  • Developing racial equity objectives for each of our four major programs.
  • Identifying and implementing ways to better support staff of color.
  • Providing staff ongoing training and opportunities to discuss antiracist principles and practices.
  • Identifying policies and practices that will help us increase racial diversity in our organization.