Dae (she/they) is a bridge of cultures. Her parents met in the Peace Corp in Thailand where they wed before it was legal for inter-racial marriages in the US. Having an immigrant parent exposed many of the discriminations BIPOC folx experience daily. There is no reprieve. Being raised in a household where cultures were consistently blended, she learned to adapt, to invite, and to find her voice. Since 2018, she has been the LGBTQ+, Disproportionality, Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Statewide Program Manager for Child Welfare Programs.
Before joining DCYF, she spent over 25 years in the private sector supporting children, youth, and young adults with agencies such as Community Youth Services, Thurston County Family & Juvenile Court, Mountlake Terrace School District, and the University of Washington Reconnecting Youth program. Throughout her career and personal life, she has worked on behalf of the communities most vulnerable and marginalized with a consistent integration through mentorship, partnership, and leadership. Dismantling systematic oppression as it relates to racial inequity, supports homophobia and transphobia continues to be at the core of their work. Shogren firmly believes that when our children and young people are supported and nurtured, we all thrive. In addition to her life’s work, she is the primary caretaker for her aging parents and bio/step-momma to three really friggin awesome kids (11, 12, and 26).