Dr. Doreen Harden-Cato has 45 years in the field of education, nonprofit management, fund development, organizational and community development. Dr. Cato received her doctorate in Educational Leadership and an honorary Phd in Humanities. She helped to establish an Early Learning Center in Meliyu, Ethiopia. Besides teaching K-12 in Inkster and Detroit, Dr. Cato was adjunct professor at Antioch University Seattle, City University, and Western Washington University. She has received numerous awards for her work and recognized statewide, nationally and internationally for her advocacy in education, housing, homelessness, and work with children, women, and poverty-stricken families in Detroit, Seattle, Kenya and Ethiopia. She was appointed to state and county commissions by three governors and King County Executive. She was Executive Director and Principal of First Place a free private school for homeless and low-income families for 15 years before retiring in 2012. During that time she served on King County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners and many state and local boards. Dr. Cato was elected to the North Beach School District Board of Directors. However, she believes her greatest accomplishments are her children Barron, Christina, and grandchildren Mya and Benjamin. In 2019, Dr. Harden-Cato retired from Grays Harbor Youth Works after founding and serving as its Executive Director since 2010.