Paula Steinke is Executive Director of SOAR, a community organization that convenes coalitions, and raises authentic community voice to influence policies, programs and practices on behalf of children, youth and families. Prior to leading SOAR, she worked for 15 years within Washington State’s early learning system, building the field of Family, Friend and Neighbor practice through listening to families, creating programs, writing curriculum, and developing partnerships. She is an ongoing member of the parent-led Community Café Collaborative, where she has been privileged to witness the powerful change that occurs when a parent or caregiver begins to believe in their own ability to guide and advocate for their child. Paula’s approach toward supporting families is holistic, engaging all of a child’s caregivers and the community in which the family lives, and including family voice in program and resource design. Paula believes in honoring and building upon individual, family and community strengths. She is committed to undoing structural racism and working for social justice.