Staff


Annie Van Avery

Executive Director

Annie head shot

Annie has a fifteen year history in nonprofit leadership including two previous roles as an Executive Director. She has demonstrated a strong commitment to social justice, youth outreach, and advocacy work throughout her career and volunteer commitments. Annie grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has experience with community outreach work in cities on both coasts as well as rural communities. She has a gay father, a lesbian mother, and is herself the mother to two daughters, ages one and thirteen. Annie and her family live in Seattle, Washington.

Contact: annie@colage.org


Robin Marquis

National Program Director

Robin Marquis was brought into the world by a lesbian mother, a bisexual mother and a queer father. Raised in rural northern New Mexico, she found her pride in her family by connecting to a community of peers dedicated to eradicating oppression and privilege for all disadvantaged communities. Robin has a self designed degree from Fairhaven College at Western Washington University titled, “Empowerment Education through the Environment and Creative Arts,” with a LGBT Cultural Studies minor. Robin has worked in Seattle with Powerful Voices, Camp Ten Trees, YouthCare, and Teen Link providing social justice youth empowerment programming that creates leadership and healing arts education for marginalized youth. Robin lives in San Francisco where she creates art that provides voice and color to silenced topics in her own life.

Contact: robin@colage.org