Meet the Urban Homestead Foundation Board!
Born and raised in Seattle, Katie has 2 kids with her husband Dustin and runs the Seattle Farm School. They love taking their kids on road trips and playing outdoors, and especially love raising their family in the amazing West Seattle community - including a new baby due in October!
Katie is excited for the opportunity to create a community gathering place for the neighborhood based on edible gardens, and is passionate about helping people learn fun new skills that provide food, relationships, relaxation, resourcefulness and stewardship of our time, money, environment and resources.
Kristen Corning Bedford
As a fifth generation Pacific Northwesterner, Kristen fondly remembers fishing with her dad in Puget Sound, climbing through the brambles behind her grandmother’s family home on Lopez Island and enjoying the views of mountains and seals from beaches and ferries all along the Salish Sea. She is passionate about preserving the unique beauty and importance of this place by tapping into our community heritage and creating opportunities to gather and educate each other about our shared legacy.
Kristen has founded and served on the board of several nonprofits, worked with philanthropists of all means to create personal giving plans, and is currently authoring a book on informed, intentional and joyful philanthropy. She lives in West Seattle with her husband, Slade, and their two boys, who enjoy eating mussels, riding bikes and pretending to be the Kratt brothers.
Originally from a small agricultural town in Upstate New York, Phoebe is a country girl at heart. A proud mama of two high energy school-age boys, she and her husband, Ray, have a backyard farm with more than a dozen chickens.
Phoebe is a "Jill of all trades" with almost 20 years of experience working in business and nonprofit management. She is proud to be working with the West Seattle community to preserve an important piece of green space and contribute to the education of some of those country ways here in the city.