Claudia Arana Colen


Development Director

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Claudia joined Unite Oregon as the Grant Coordinator in 2017.  She has been a policy and systems advocate and change maker for twenty years. She has over eight years’ experience working with immigrant and communities of color and ten years combined experience with strategic planning, policy development, and nonprofit organizational development. Her public sector experience includes community development work and work on the city- wide race and social justice initiative within the Seattle Mayor Nickel's office; constituent services within U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell's office; and seven years aligning public health and racial equity policy and systems change efforts. Claudia holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington and a Bachelor's degree in English from Duke University. She is currently pursuing a Financial Success for Nonprofits Certificate from Cornell University. Claudia is a native of Baltimore and has lived in the Pacific Northwest for eighteen years.



Languages Spoken 

Spanish, English 


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