Casey Trupin is the new director for youth homelessness at the Seattle-based Raikes Foundation. His appointment comes as his predecessor, Katie Hong, announced she is stepping aside to take on a new role at Raikes as director of special initiatives.
While the Raikes Foundation has traditionally focused on youth, Hong in her new role will lead a wider regional push to alleviate homelessness afflicting all ages. Meanwhile, Trupin will continue to build on the work of Hong in ending youth homelessness.
Trupin is a natural choice to replace Hong, as he has been with the Raikes Foundation since late 2015 as program officer working under her direction on youth homelessness. An attorney, Trupin came to Raikes from Casey Family Programs (CFP), where he worked as an attorney consultant on its judicial engagement team. This time with CFP came on the heels of a 16-year stint at Columbia Legal Services (CLS).
After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in American civilization from Pomona College and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Washington School of Law, Trupin was hired by CLS out of college as a staff attorney. For over ten years he would work cases and gain experience, climbing the ladder to then become the directing attorney of the organization’s children and youth project.
As an attorney, Trupin has represented thousands of foster and homeless youth and adults in litigation. He has also helped craft state and federal legislation to improve services for disadvantaged children and youth.
Trupin is a special advisor to the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and co-chaired the ABA’s Children’s Rights Litigation Committee for some time.
“I’m looking forward to working in partnership with our grantees and communities here in Washington state and across the country toward a future where every young person has a safe place to call home,” wrote Trupin in a Raikes blog post about his appointment.
With a career spent helping children and youth through both legal representation as well as the management of grants and direct services, Casey Trupin will take over as director of youth homelessness at the Raikes Foundation effective Apr. 1, 2019.