q Identity - Inatai Foundation

Get To Know Inatai | Our Team | Identity

How we identify

At Inatai Foundation, we believe it is important to recruit, hire, and support team and board members who are representative of the diverse communities we serve. Our multifaceted identities and experiences inform and strengthen our work as a foundation. 

We also believe it is important to hold ourselves accountable by showing the identities represented within our organization and shedding light on opportunities to deepen our efforts. As a funder, we ask grant applicants to share demographic information about their board and team members, and strove to hold ourselves to the same expectations. 

We asked our team (which included 54 people at the time) to complete an open-ended survey to share more about their identities and lived experiences. The survey results were collected (anonymously) and are compiled and presented here.  

Staff identify as the following races

forty-three of our 54 current team members identify as people of color.

  • Alaska Native (one who identifies as multiracial) 
  • American Indian (one who identifies as multiracial) 
  • Asian (two, including one who identifies as multiracial) 
  • Black (twelve, including one who identifies as multiracial) 
  • Caucasian/White (sixteen, including six who identify as multiracial) 
  • Central Asian (one) 
  • East Asian (five) 
  • Irish (one who identifies as multiracial) 
  • Latina (two) 
  • Latine/Latinx (seven, including two that identify as multiracial) 
  • Latino (one) 
  • Mexican (one) 
  • Middle Eastern/North African (one who identifies as multiracial) 
  • Native (two, including one who identifies as multiracial) 
  • Native American (three) 
  • Pacific Islander (one who identifies as multiracial) 
  • Pasifika (one) 
  • South Asian (one) 
  • Southeast Asian (two, including one who identifies as multiracial) 
  • Does not identify with any race (one) 

Team members identify as the following ethnicities:  

  • African American (four) 
  • American (five, including three who identify with multiple ethnicities) 
  • Black American (one) 
  • Bolivian (one) 
  • Chinese (four, including two who identify with multiple ethnicities) 
  • Chinook (one who identifies with multiple ethnicities) 
  • Croatian (one who identifies with multiple ethnicities) 
  • Dutch (one who identifies with multiple ethnicities) 
  • English (one who identifies with multiple ethnicities) 
  • Ethiopian (one) 
  • Filipino/Filipina (two who identify with multiple ethnicities) 
  • German (one) 
  • Guatemalan (one) 
  • Hazara (one) 
  • Indian (one) 
  • Indigenous (one) 
  • Indigenous Plateau (one) 
  • Irish (three who identify with multiple ethnicities) 
  • Italian (one who identifies with multiple ethnicities) 
  • Jamaican (one who identifies with multiple ethnicities) 
  • Japanese American (one who identifies with multiple ethnicities) 
  • Jewish (two who identify with multiple ethnicities) 
  • Libyan (one who identifies with multiple ethnicities) 
  • Lithuanian (one who identifies with multiple ethnicities) 
  • Mexican (ten, including two who identify with multiple ethnicities) 
  • Native (one who identifies with multiple ethnicities) 
  • Norwegian (one who identifies with multiple ethnicities) 
  • Palauan (one) 
  • Peruvian American (one who identifies with multiple ethnicities) 
  • Portuguese (two who identify with multiple ethnicities) 
  • Puerto Rican American (one) 
  • Scottish (two, including one who identifies with multiple ethnicities) 
  • Taiwanese (two, including one who identifies with multiple ethnicities) 
  • Ukrainian (two) 
  • Vietnamese (two, including two who identify with multiple ethnicities) 
  • Vietnamese American (one) 

Immigrant Experience

  • Ten team members identify as immigrants, from Ethiopia, Mexico, India, Portugal, China, Ukraine, and Taiwan. 
  • Twenty-five team members have immigrant family members or come from an immigrant family, from England, Sicily, Vietnam, Bolivia, Ethiopia, India, China, Japan, Mexico, Taiwan, Guatemala, Ireland, Libya, Palau, Ukraine, and Peru. 

Refugee Experience

  • One team member identifies as a refugee, from Afghanistan.  
  • Six team members have family members who identify as refugees, from Ukraine, Vietnam, Libya, and Ethiopia. 

Public Assistance

  • Thirty-three team members have used public assistance before, including but not limited to: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program (WIC); Apple Health; and unemployment benefits. 
  • Thirty-one team members were raised in families or households who used public assistance. 

Court-Affected

  • Six team members consider themselves court-affected (formerly incarcerated, under parole, paying court debt, etc.), which includes having been parented by court-affected caretakers or having siblings that are court-affected.  

Disability

  • Thirteen team members identify as being disabled or having a disability.  
  • Two people have conditions that may be considered disabilities, but do not identify as disabled.  

Sexual Orientation

  • One team member identifies as bisexual 
  • One identifies as demisexual 
  • Five identify as gay 
  • Eleven identify has heterosexual 
  • One identifies as indigiqueer 
  • One identifies as lesbian 
  • One identifies as pansexual 
  • Four identifies as queer 
  • Twenty-seven identify as straight 
  • One identifies as straight/questioning 

Gender Identity

  • Thirty-one team members identify as cisgender women 
  • One identifies as female 
  • One identifies as two spirt/cisgender woman 
  • One identifies as cisgender 
  • One identifies as genderqueer/masculine presenting nonbinary 
  • Thirteen identify as cisgender men 
  • Three identify as male 
  • One identifies as nonbinary/genderqueer 
  • One identifies as woman/nonbinary femme 
  • One identifies as being in reflection 

Age

  • Nine team members are younger than 30 years old 
  • Eighteen team members are in their 30s 
  • Seventeen team members are in their 40s 
  • Ten team members are in their 50s 

Households

Team members describe their households as: close, double-income no kids, married, married no kids, multigenerational, myself + partner, same-sex double income no kids, same-sex double income with a dog, single, single mom with two children, single parent households, two adults no children, two-parent, two-spouse, two-income household, two-parent and child, two-parent with adult children, two-person, two-person with a dog, and widow. 

Eighteen team members are renters. Thirty-five team members are homeowners. One team member lives as a non-renter in a partner-owned house with shared expenses. 

Grew up

Staff members grew up in the following places:

  • Alger, Washington  
  • Atlanta, Georgia 
  • All over (military) 
  • Austin, Texas 
  • Boyes Hot Springs, California 
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina 
  • California 
  • Caribbean 
  • China 
  • Colorado 
  • Cowlitz County 
  • El Centro, California 
  • Everett 
  • Everson, Washington 
  • Federal Way 
  • Georgia 
  • Ghazni Province, Afghanistan 
  • Houston 
  • Idaho 
  • Illinois 
  • India 
  • King County 
  • Kropyvnytskyi, Ukraine 
  • Laguna, Philippines 
  • Lewis County 
  • Louisiana 
  • Minnesota 
  • Moses Lake 
  • North Central Washington 
  • Ohio 
  • Olympia, Washington 
  • Omak, Washington 
  • Oregon 
  • Pacific County 
  • Pendleton, Oregon 
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
  • Portland, Oregon 
  • Reardan, Washington 
  • Renton, Washington 
  • Rural Alaska 
  • Rural Washington 
  • Rural Oregon 
  • San Jose, California 
  • Seattle, Washington 
  • Southcentral Pennsylvania 
  • Spokane, Washington 
  • Tacoma, Washington 
  • Washington 
  • Yakima, Washington 
  • Yakama Reservation 

Geographic Environment

Team members grew up in the following geographic environments:  

  • City (three, including one that grew up in multiple geographic environments) 
  • Suburban (sixteen, including four that grew up in multiple geographic environments) 
  • Small city (eight, including one that grew up in multiple geographic environments) 
  • Reservation (three, including one that grew up in multiple geographic environments) 
  • High desert (one that grew up in multiple geographic environments) 
  • Rural (ten that grew up in multiple geographic environments) 
  • Small town (eighteen, including ten that grew up in multiple geographic environments) 
  • Rural off-reservation community (one that grew up in multiple geographic environments) 
  • Rural reservation (one that grew up in multiple geographic environments) 
  • Rural village (one) 
  • Big city (one that grew up in multiple geographic environments) 
  • Forest (one that grew up in multiple geographic environments) 
  • Isolated (one that grew up in multiple geographic environments) 
  • Agricultural (one that grew up in multiple geographic environments) 
  • Urban (nine, including one that grew up in multiple geographic environments) 

Currently Consider Home

Staff members currently consider the following places home:

  • Bonney Lake 
  • Auburn 
  • Bellevue 
  • Bellingham 
  • Central District (Seattle) 
  • Georgia 
  • Kitsap County 
  • Manson 
  • Moses Lake 
  • Olympia 
  • Seattle 
  • Pacific County 
  • Pasco 
  • Pacific Northwest 
  • Portland, OR 
  • Vancouver 
  • Palau 
  • Shoreline 
  • Spokane 
  • Steilacoom 
  • Tacoma 
  • Thurston County 
  • Yakima Valley 
  • Zillah 

Formal Education

  • Two team members have completed some college 
  • Two team members have completed an associate degree 
  • Twenty-six completed a bachelor’s degree 
  • Twenty-one completed a master’s degree 
  • Three completed graduate studies 

First Generation College

Twenty team members were the first ones in their family to go to college. One team member had siblings who went to college, but whose parents did not. One team member was the first female in their family to go to college. 

Formal Education of Parents

The level of formal education our staff members’ parents received includes:

  • No formal education (two) 
  • Elementary school (four) 
  • Middle school (six) 
  • High school (eleven) 
  • Associate degree (four)  
  • Technical degree (one) 
  • Some college (one) 
  • Bachelor’s degree (ten) 
  • Master’s degree (eight) or other graduate degree (three) 
  • MD (three) or PhD (two) 

Religion and Spirituality

  • Agnostic (five) 
  • Atheist (three) 
  • Buddhist (two) 
  • Buddhist, non-practicing (one) 
  • Catholic (four) 
  • Catholic, non-practicing (one) 
  • Catholic, culturally (two) 
  • Chinook People’s religion (one) 
  • Christian (eight) 
  • Christian, non-denominational (one) 
  • Higher power yet to be defined (one) 
  • Indigenous (one) 
  • Islam (one) 
  • Longhouse (one) 
  • Lucumí/Regla de Ocha (one) 
  • Muslim (one) 
  • Not religious (eight) 
  • Religious (one) 
  • Roman Catholic (one) 
  • Spiritual (one) 
  • Spiritual, non-religious (one) 
  • Spiritual/Christian (one) 
  • Traditional Plateau, Interfaith (one) 
  • Tribal Spiritual (one)