Our Neighborhood

We believe that the most effective way to confront the disparity in our neighborhood is by cultivating community and a corresponding network of care. Only then will our neighbors and neighborhood truly flourish.

 
 

Meet our team

 
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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. 

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elizabeth@auroracommons.org

 

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Lisa Etter Carlson

DIRECTOR OF HEALTH & WOMEN'S INITIATIVES, CO-FOUNDER

Lisa earned her B.A. in Recreational Therapy in 2002 from Calvin College, and her Masters of Theology and Culture in 2011 from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology.  Lisa was the co-founder of the Green Bean, a non-profit coffeehouse in North Seattle. Lisa has been building community among those on the margins for over ten years.  Her dream for Humanity is for us all to live as though we belong to one another.  She has a passion for curating spaces and stewarding relationships in order to help birth a bit of beauty along the north end of Aurora Avenue in Seattle.

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lisa@auroracommons.org

 

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Jacqueline Moulton

ART & communications COORDINATOR

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.

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jacqueline@auroracommons.org


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Ashlee Knight

Operations Manager

Ashlee has worked in the nonprofit and/or mental health field for over ten years with her work beginning in Indiana before moving to Seattle in 2009. Earning her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, she concurrently has a private therapy practice in Queen Anne and Ballard. Ashlee began her time with our Commons community as a volunteer in 2011 and has continued to be honored to witness the lives of our neighbors along Aurora Avenue.

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ashlee@auroracommons.org


 
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Marge Long

Director of 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 other’s the freedom to do the same. 

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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.

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karen@auroracommons.org


Katie Ross, Shift Lead
katieross@auroracommons.org

Lenelle Jenkins, Host
lenelle@auroracommons.org

Zach Jenkins, Host
zach@auroracommons.org

Nada Jean Willis, Host*
nadajean@auroracommons.org

Maggie Parker, Host*
maggie@auroracommons.org

Kim Murer, Community Advocate*
kim@auroracommons.org

Kirk Kroeger, Host*
kirk@auroracommons.org

Erica Merritt, Community Advocate*
ericam@auroracommons.org

*New to our team!


 

 

Aurora Commons Board of Directors

Mailing Address

8525 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

Physical Address

8914 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

 

Phone Number

Commons: 206-299-2278
Office: 206-745-2089

 

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Media

 
 

We photographed Ericka when she was a sex worker. This is her life now
Isolde Raftery // KUOW
JUN 4, 2018

In 2015, photographer Mike Kane met Ericka, a sex worker on Aurora Avenue North in Seattle. Ericka was selling sex to support her heroin and meth addiction, and she was so weak she believed she could be dead within a year. She was estranged from her three young daughters and spent many nights on the street. 

 
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On Aurora Avenue: 'Radical hospitality' 
Tess Riski // CROSSCUT MAGAZINE
March 22, 2017

“White male: roughly 70 years old, goes by name Thomas-driving a red 4 door suv picked up woman in Lynnwood but frequents aurora avenue as well. Was calm at first but eventually got angry, was slamming on the breaks and when woman yelled for him to stop- he parked and tried to strangle her and punched her, then raped her.”

This recently updated “Bad Date List” posting and handfuls of condoms in assorted colors greet dozens of women and men as they step into the Aurora Commons, a day shelter near the intersection of Aurora Avenue and North 90th Street.

 
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The Aurora Commons taught me about the politics of sharing space
Jacqueline Moulton // REAL CHANGE
March 15th 2017

To share space is to give of something we do not own, are not entitled to and which has been gifted to us. I did not learn this on my own, as on my own I am selfish and entitled, believing I own the space I inhabit. If, like the proverbial lesson in kindergarten, I have learned to share, it is because the people at the Aurora Commons have taught me how.

 
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Art by Barry Blankenship

How a Coffee House Became a Haven on North Aurora
Elizabeth Sharpe // SEATTLE WEEKLY
February 23 2016

Ericka Frodsham scrapes the last of the soup from an enormous stockpot into a yogurt container without a lid. It is after 9 p.m. and Aurora Commons is technically closed. But without a home, Frodsham is loath to leave.

She slides the topless container into a Ziploc bag. Her fingers are darkened, swollen, her nails filthy. Dozens of silver bangles around her wrist don’t so much as tinkle. She dons a man’s thick sweatshirt from the closet of giveaway clothes.