Operations Manager, Navigation Team
City of Seattle

August Drake-Ericson, Operations Manager of the Navigation Team. August was selected by former Mayor Murray’s public safety advisor in 2015 to innovate the Navigation Team. The Navigation Team was created to connect unsheltered individuals and families to existing services and the shelter system. August transitioned from the City’s Facilities and Administration Division to the Human Services Department to continue her work with the Navigation Team in 2018. She continues to serve as the team’s operations guidepost, and works closely with the Seattle Police Department to outfit and deploy officers and outreach workers to assist homeless campers across the City. She is a 35-year Seattle resident and a Maryknoll Lay Missioner, inspired to respond to the basic needs of others while helping to create a just and compassionate world for all of our neighbors here at home.

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