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Zee Peters

Executive Director, Development & Engagement

Born and raised on the East Coast, Zee has traveled across the country (always moving westwards), living in Colorado, Kansas, Arizona, and California, before making her home in the Pacific Northwest in December 2019.

She has loved the different experiences each move offered – exploring new regions, adapting to various weather conditions (hot and hotter, and now cooler!), and making new friends.

What she appreciates about her new home is how beautiful and lush green it is. While many may complain about gray skies and the rain, Zee is happy for the seasons that highlight the region’s beauty and learning about the native plants, mosses, and lichens. Moreover, since she has not been able to socialize much, she embraces the outdoors and enjoys her walks.

Zee has dedicated most of her life to fundraising for organizations, most of them at the grassroots level. “Engaging with people who are interested in changing lives has been very fulfilling. I like helping people see how they can make an impact on their communities,” she says.

An organization that she speaks of fondly is Gabriel’s Angels, a pet therapy agency, where she helped grow the organization’s revenues from about $300,000 to nearly $1.3 million. It was also personally rewarding, as Zee loves animals. She’s often asked why she does not work for an animal rescue organization. “I tell them I can’t because I would bring all the animals home!”

Zee and her husband love traveling and often take their motorcycles out for a spin, go camping, or travel for a holiday, though these have been a little restricted during the pandemic.

Fundraising, too, has been very different. “The most challenging aspect of my work over the last two years has been building relationships with my new community without being able to meet in real life,” she admits. But, she has been able to connect virtually and now counts many wonderful and giving people as friends and supporters of The Sophia Way.

As Executive Director, Development & Engagement, Zee is looking forward to many things in her new role. “Most definitely, I am excited about working in close collaboration with Dietra and Sophia and having the opportunity to connect and integrate the different parts of the organization. We want to step up and ensure we meet the needs of our clients, staff, and the community.”

Favorite place for a happy hour: 520 Bar & Grill on a sunny day

Currently reading: Emails

A song that inspires me: A Million Years by Johnnyswim

Most treasured possession: My engagement ring, which is a gathering of family. It has the stone from my mom’s ring and two stones from my in-laws

A skill I wish I had: The ability to tell a joke well

My family includes: Tobey (a Siamese), Matisse (a tortoiseshell), Peel (an orange tabby), and April (a grey)

What I learned during the pandemic: Take time to connect with people in whatever way possible

I hear “women experiencing homelessness” and think: As a community, let’s come together to provide shelter in whatever form a woman wants

Our clients inspire me because: Often, I see them smile and laugh even when life is difficult

My years at TSW have been: Invigorating and deeply meaningful