Our Team

Helen Ross Pitts

Helen Pitts, JV EnCorps Seattle Program Coordinator

Growing up on the “Holy Mountain” in Sewanee, TN, home to the Episcopal Seminary at the University of the South, Helen Pitts spent her youth in the woods and cultivated a great love of nature. After graduating from Beloit College with degrees in Sociology and Biological Anthropology she worked on the east and west coasts as a wildlife rehabilitator and volunteer primate zoo keeper. She settled in Seattle to study conservation biology and wetland ecology at the University of Washington. Those countless hours observing birds in southern hardwood forests led her to a position with Seattle Audubon as Conservation Program Manager. Over the next 19 years Helen worked with hundreds of volunteers and did just about every job under the sun at a nonprofit. She co-created the Northwest Shade Coffee Campaign to raise consumer awareness of the connection between the challenges facing small-scale coffee farmers and the protection of migratory bird habitat in Central America. The Campaign piqued Helen’s interest in the relationship between spiritual formation and social and ecological justice and she is thrilled to work with (and learn from) so many inspiring staff and volunteers with JVC Northwest and the JV EnCorps program.

Want to contact Helen? Email her or give her a call at 206-305-8911.