Martin Friedman

Martin Friedman is the Director of Reentry and Family Services at the YWCA of Seattle, King and Snohomish Counties. His duties include managing the Passage Point Program: a transitional housing facility for people who have been incarcerated; are in need of reentry assistance; and are reuniting with their children or working to maintain custody of their children. Martin also manages a pre-k literacy home visit program. Both of these programs are geared towards women and their children but also serve males. Martin has been training and organizing with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond for nearly 20 years on issues of institutional and structural racism. Martin has also done considerable organizational development work both The City of Seattle and the YWCA through an anti-oppression lens. Martin has been a 12 year volunteer at Monroe Correctional Complex in Washington State. Martin has spoken at several universities and conferences regarding issues of Institutional and Structural Racism in organizations and communities. Martin is a proud Bobop (grandparent) of 3 boys and enjoys taking his grandkids to see trains and other big machines and marvels of the world.