Affectionately called “E”, proudly hails from Alexandria, Virginia in the D.C. metropolitan area, and is a graduate of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia with a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Government. They are currently based in Seattle, Washington, where they attend Liberation United Church of Christ. They are a 2017-2019 alumnx of the Justice Leadership Program, a Young Adult Service Community of the United Church of Christ, a 2018-2019 Krista Colleague through the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship, and a 2017-2018 alumnx of the Young People For (YP4) fellowship.
West has been invited to workshop, speak and preach on faith and justice in spaces and organizations across the United States, including Seattle University, University Congregational UCC (the Pacific Northwest’s largest UCC congregation), University of Washington School of Social Work, and for the national UCC.
Their past work on issues such as gender-inclusive housing at their alma mater, faith and sexuality in the United Methodist Church, QTPOC style, and more has been featured by National Public Radio, HuffPost, and AFROPUNK (respectively), along with numerous other print and online publications.
They feel called to community organizing as both a vocation and way of life, but ultimately their goal is to be the person they needed when they were younger.