Bio

Candace Faber is a Seattle-based writer and strategist who works with organizations of all types and sizes to realign their activities with their goals. She has worked with technology companies, startups, non-profits, grant-making foundations, governments, and arts organizations on everything from project management and program design to overall organizational restructuring and company-wide program implementation. Her background combines deep experience in research & analysis, facilitation & mediation, communications & brand identity, data & technology, and people & resource management with the principles of limitless creativity and human-centered design. She has global experience, including as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, having worked in Russia, Poland, Belarus, and Afghanistan and on projects spanning Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, and the globe. In 2014, she was named one of Seattle magazine’s 51 Most Influential People and in 2017 was nominated by GeekWire for Geek of the Year for her work to connect technology workers to community issues.

Current work

Candace currently works as a strategy consultant, a writer, and a guest faculty member at the University of Washington’s Information School. Her clients have included the City of Seattle, the Washington Technology Industry Association, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Shunpike Arts, among others. She also serves on the board of Copious/Copious Love Productions, a local fringe theater company, and as the lead organizer of World Usability Day-Puget Sound. She is engaged in activism to end violence against women globally and to undo the harm done by her nation and people throughout history. She devotes time weekly to creative expression and physical labor, including cleaning and caretaking for community spaces.

Writing & Speaking

Candace has been a featured speaker at TEDxUW, the Facebook Design Lecture Series, Creative Mornings, Grace Hopper Connect, and many technology, non-profit, and government-oriented conferences. She is the co-editor of the book, Careers in International Affairs and a writer whose work has been featured on Medium. She speaks Polish, Russian, and Dari.

Identity

I am a cisgender white woman in my mid-30’s – this much is usually evident. I have had to “come out” about the following identities: I am queer, I am a survivor of sexual assault, and I have experienced mental illness. I am a recovering Evangelical Christian, a former Republican, and also a person “in recovery” – a Buddhist-based practice, the influence of which means that I practice sobriety, though I do not identify as having had an active addiction to substances. I am grateful to be in recovery from the following mental illnesses: bulimia/disordered eating, post-traumatic stress disorder/adjustment disorder, brief acute psychosis with marked stressor/bipolar II, and the blindness of privilege. This is an ongoing and community-based practice.