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HSD Employee Spotlight—Sarah Demas

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What is your role at Seattle Human Services?

I currently provide data projects and data systems support for the Aging and Disability Services (ADS) division as part of the department’s Data, Performance & Evaluation team.

What made you want to work in human services?

I love humans!

How has your job changed in recent years?

Over the last three years, I managed implementation of the state’s GetCare data system with ADS and 35 contracted agencies. Now I am shifting to other data projects including supporting investment processes and the replacement of ADS’s internal client data system.

What do you love about your job?

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I love partnering with ADS staff and contractors to develop and improve data systems and reporting processes and support teams to do their best work. Having better quality data makes it easier to illustrate the impact of investments and highlight the great work ADS and our community partners do. Plus, I get to work with such funny, brilliant, compassionate people.

How do you contribute to HSD’s overarching goals related to racial equity?

I try to put relationships first, keep learning, and keep the long view in focus wherever possible. HSD’s history of relationship with the People’s Institute NW and commitment to the long road of organizational transformation and racial equity is what made me want to work here. I’m honored to be a part of moving that commitment forward through HSD’s white caucus and change teams.

What motivates you or keeps you going?

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My teams, family and friends, time in the garden or in nature, my cats, live music, coffee, adventures.

What’s one piece of advice for HSD newcomers or recent graduates in your field?

Ask for feedback, be flexible, and be prepared to iterate and update tools as business needs and processes evolve.