Executive Director

Colleen Echohawk is an enrolled member of the Kithehaki Band of the Pawnee Nation and a member of the Upper Ahtna Athabascan people of Mentasta Lake. Ms. Echohawk is the executive director of the Chief Seattle Club, and a founder of the Coalition to End Urban Native Homelessness. 


Ms. Echohawk is interested in working with community to create systems and structures that help facilitate wellness and encourages kindness and courage. Colleen’s education has been focused on organizational development and leadership; helping brilliant people do better work for the greater good. She is the co-founder and principal at Headwater People Consulting Group.

Colleen serves on several local boards including, KUOW (National Public Radio member station), All Home Coordinating Board, Metropolitan Improvement District, Pioneer Square Preservation Board and is the board chair at Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre, and past board member at the Chief Seattle Club.

Ms. Echohawk is a proud Mom to two children and is married to Matt Hayashi. In her spare time she loves to read, sing karaoke, listen to National Public Radio and cook delicious food for friends and family.


Deputy Director

Derrick Belgarde is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon, and also Chippewa-Cree from Rocky Boy Montana. He serves on the board of Capitol Hill Housing, Downtown Emergency Service Center, Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, and the Washington State Affordable Housing Advisory Board. He completed his undergraduate in Public Affairs Magna Cum Laude, and went on to complete is Master’s in Public Administration, both at Seattle University. He is a proud father of three and is married to the wonderful Lua Belgarde.