Robin Tatsuda, MSW
Serving The Arc since 2012
Robin has been a loyal employee at The Arc of King County for 8 years. She has been leading the Outreach Department as the Director of Information and Family Support for nearly 4-1/2 years. She has experience in fiscal management, fund development, strategic planning, contract management, managing large teams, and strong community relationships. She knows the DD system well and is seen as an expert resource for families and for individuals with developmental disabilities. She has grown this department to include our Homelessness Prevention program, Healthy Relationships, Parent to Parent, and our Multicultural Outreach. Robin is driven by values of inclusion, including that disability is a form of diversity and that disability rights are civil rights.
She began working in the DD field in 2005 providing intensive behavior support services to youth in home and at school. Over the years, she was also a personal care and respite provider, a teacher at a prolific Social Skills Group agency in Seattle, and Special Olympics coach. These experiences have allowed Robin to appreciate the resilience of individuals with DD and their families while also identify the gaps and barriers within disability “systems”. In 2013 Robin achieved her Master of Social Work so that she could take an even greater role in promoting and protecting the human and civil rights of people with DD and their families; and she is currently completing her Certificate in Nonprofit Management at the University of Washington. Robin’s visual thinking and knack for organization allow her to partner with the skilled staff team at The Arc to identify and address issues of social justice from the disability lens.
While at The Arc of King County, Robin has been a Practicum Instructor for social work students, and served on the University of Washington School of Social Work’s Field Education Advisory Council. Robin also pioneered an advisory group at the UW School of Social Work to integrate disability justice within the curriculum and school culture. Robin has presented on disability equity and inclusion to a wide variety of audiences.