Our Team



Josephine Ensign

Josephine Ensign is a professor of nursing at the University of Washington in Seattle where she teaches health policy, community health, and health humanities.

Ensign has worked as a family nurse practitioner, community advocate, and health services researcher for the past three decades, focusing on access to primary health care for homeless adolescents and adults in the U.S., as well as in Thailand, Venezuela, and New Zealand. She is the author of numerous academic research and narrative medicine journal articles, as well as the narrative policy book Catching Homelessness: A Nurse’s Story of Falling Through the Safety Net. Her research experience and expertise includes community-based participatory research, program planning and evaluation, and mixed methods health services research. She can be contacted at bjensign@uw.edu.


Lisa Kelly

Lisa Kelly is the Bobbe and Jon Bridge Professor of Child Advocacy and Director of the Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic at the University of Washington School of Law. Professor Kelly is a 1982 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law school.  Prior to entering academia, she was in private practice in Arkansas for 10 years where she served as local counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the ACLU of Arkansas and handled cases involving employment discrimination, voting rights, reproductive rights and prison reform. 

She has published numerous articles  dealing with issues of race, poverty, and the concerns of women, children and families. She is the co-author of two books—Adoption Law: Theory, Policy and Practice and the forthcoming Representing Youth: Telling Stories, Imagining Change, in which she re-engaged with narrative scholarship. She can be contacted at lisak2@uw.edu


Charlotte Sanders

Charlotte Sanders is the field lead for the School of Social Work’s Northwest Leaders in Behavioral Health Program. Sanders has been involved in social services for more than 22 years, primarily serving Seattle youth and young adults in different homeless service settings and capacities, ranging from direct service, program management and advocacy. She worked with Neighborcare Health's Homeless Youth Clinic as the youth clinic manager and onsite social worker. During her time there she also served on the advisory committee for the GroupHealth funded MedRest demonstration project described above.

Sanders continues to work as an on-call intake social worker for Washington state’s Children's Administration Central Intake Unit. Prior to moving to the Seattle area, she provided therapy and case management services to children through the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic located in the same town in which she was raised.


Nancy Amidei

Nancy Amidei, MSW, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Senior Lecturer Emeritus, UW School of Social Work 

Nancy Amidei has been called "a relentless advocate for changing public policy to better serve the most vulnerable populations." Prior to joining the UW faculty, she served in various governmental positions affecting health and welfare. She translated this policy expertise into a range of activities to meet the needs of vulnerable populations in Washington State, including the U District-University Partnership for Youth, an initiative for homeless youth.

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jean ni

Jean Ni is the program coordinator for the Urban@UW Homelessness Research Initiative. She is a Master of Landscape Architecture student at the University of Washington. Her thesis project explores feminist methodologies, sculpture, and speculative fiction in crafting an experimental landscape narrative situated within the Great Pacific Garbage Vortex.

Jean received her B.A. in International Studies-Sociology at the University of California at San Diego. Before coming to Seattle, she worked as a field instructor/mentor in wilderness and residential therapy in Southern Utah.

Jean is a co-founder of Design Justice Seattle, a UW student-led organization centered around design activism. The group's most recent project—Can We Be Here?—was an art installation for the 2017 Seattle Design Festival, addressing the right to occupy public space and inviting dialogue on various experiences with urban homelessness.

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Julia bedell

Julia Bedell is the Clinical Fellow for the University of Washington School of Law’s Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic.  Prior to joining the University of Washington, Julia clerked for the Alaska Court of Appeals in Anchorage. She has previously volunteered with DNA People’s Legal Services on the Navajo Nation and has advocated for prison reform and re-entry initiatives with the National Lawyers Guild’s Parole Preparation Project.

Julia received her J.D. from Columbia Law School and her B.S. in Religious Studies from Bates College. She is originally from Brooklyn, New York.



Noah Weatherton

Noah Weatherton is a Doctor of Nursing Practice student at University of Washington, focusing on Psychiatric-Mental Health. He is the Research Assistant for the Doorway Project.

Noah received his Bachelor's in Nursing at University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he lived and worked for a decade doing everything from community organizing to organic farming to being a health promotion researcher. 

Since 2010, Noah has volunteered as a 'street medic', helping provide first-response medical support during political protests and encampments, as well as teaching community medical trainings. He is passionate about creating policy and systems of psychiatric emergency response that focus on proper de-escalation and treatment. 

Noah is originally from Chicagoland, IL. He can be contacted at weather2@uw.edu.

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Anna Humphreys

Anna is a Master of Social Work and Public Health student at the University of Washington. In her practicum, Anna works with University District Street Medicine, the Doorway Project, and the Elizabeth Gregory Home, to connect people experiencing homelessness with local resources, and to build foundations for self-advocacy. 

Anna received her B.S. in Psychology and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Southern Oregon University. Prior to her move to Seattle, Anna worked as a doula, Calm Birth prenatal meditation instructor, and parent-infant massage educator. Anna is still involved with Calm Birth as a program director, and facilitates teacher trainings regularly.

In addition to her studies, Anna works with UW's Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS) as an assistant for field research on newborn neural responses to touch.

Anna is originally from Boulder, Colorado.