OUR STORY

Aurora Commons was born out of a neighborhood need for belonging. We come together to share life, to share resources, and to build relationships with all neighbors in the area. With every visit we are interrupting the cycle of marginalization and disconnection that is the reality for so many. Showing love and building healthy relationships stabilizes people.
Communities are changed by people feeling like they have value.

While people can experience belonging in a moment, transformation takes place over time as people experience a consistent, loving presence and are able to build trust. Trust leads to transformed lives. Transformed lives are often a long-term investment, but one that we are fully committed to, for we have seen our investment alter the course of countless lives, including our ownElie Wiesel says “the opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference.”


OUR STAFF

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Elizabeth Dahl
Executive Director

Elizabeth has lived in North Seattle near Aurora Commons for over 13 years. She has Nonprofit Management and Fundraising Management certificates from the University of Washington and has certificates in grant-writing and volunteer management. Elizabeth started with Aurora Commons in 2012 as a volunteer and has been the Executive Director since January 2015. — elizabeth@auroracommons.org

 
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Lisa Etter Carlson
Director of Health & Women’s Initiatives, Co-Founder

Lisa is grateful to be able to spend her days in her neighborhood at Aurora Commons and at home with her husband Andy and two kids, Cedar and Kipling. Prior to Co-Founding Aurora Commons, she Co-founded the Green Bean Coffeehouse (a non-profit cafe). Both of these movements were created and are currently curated by a community of folks that, together, long to midwife spaces where precious human beings from all walks of life can live as though we belong to one another. Lisa has been awake and living with intention towards her neighbors who are unhoused, drug dependent, and involved in street based sex work for over 15 years now. She is a Member of the Adult Survivor Collaborative (ASC) and is a proponent of harm reduction, safe consumption facilities, and loving absurdly. — lisa@auroracommons.org

 
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Jacqueline Moulton
Art Coordinator & Shift Lead

Jacqueline has her Master’s of Arts in Theology and Culture from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. Jacqueline is an artist who works with paint, photography, sculpture, and installation. Jacqueline has published a book of poetry entitled, The Day I Was Too Afraid to Jump off the High Dive and other tales of fear and trepidation. Jacqueline teaches art courses within the Visual Communications Department at Trinity Lutheran college. Currently, Jacqueline is working towards her PhD in Philosophy and the Arts at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. Jacqueline's philosophy is simple: none of us are free until each and every one of us are free.
jacqueline@auroracommons.org

 
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Marge Long
Director of Volunteer & Community Engagement

Marge is a Licensed Practical Nurse with a B.S. in Psychology currently working on her Master’s of Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology.  She has spent the majority of her life walking with and advocating for the marginalized and underprivileged in the United States and abroad. She is passionate about living authentically; embracing the journey of becoming, as she allows others the freedom to do the same. — marge@auroracommons.org

 
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Karen Cirulli
Co-Founder

Karen has lived in the Seattle neighborhood of Greenwood for over ten years.  Karen earned her B.A in 2007 and in 2013 completed the Lay Leader Counseling Certificate from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology.  Karen has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2005 and specializes in work specific to women who have experience trauma and/or abuse.  As well as starting two successful small businesses, Karen served as an Americorps volunteer along Aurora Avenue in in North Seattle for two years where she received training in Asset Based Community Development.
karen@auroracommons.org


SUPPORT STAFF

Maggie Parker, Host
maggie@auroracommons.org

Kim Murer, Community Advocate
kim@auroracommons.org

Kirk Kroeger, Host*
kirk@auroracommons.org

Fischer Wallace, Host*
fischer@auroracommons.org

*New to our team!

Katie Ross, Shift Lead
katieross@auroracommons.org

Sara Ewalt, Operations Support*
sara@auroracommons.org

Lenelle Jenkins, Host
lenelle@auroracommons.org

Zach Jenkins, Host
zach@auroracommons.org

Nada Jean Willis, Host
nadajean@auroracommons.org


BOARD OF DIRECTORS


PARTNERS

Aurora Commons actively builds partnerships with area organizations and housing providers so that through the relationships we build, as we learn stories, we can appropriately bridge our unhoused friends neighbors to the resources they need. We are so thankful for our wider community that serves and supports our unhoused neighbors.