Tija Danzig joined the City of Spokane as the Homeless Programs Manager in February 2017. In this role, she has supported a continuum of services for people experiencing homelessness, improving systems, creating a truly regional and integrated approach, and leading her team in initiatives to bring community partners together, to launch an EnVision Center, to house homeless youth, engage meaningfully with communities and media, and digitize and enhance data collection and visualization efforts. While she has been in the position for just two years, she has been a dedicated public servant, helping vulnerable populations for the last thirteen years.
Prior to joining the City of Spokane, Tija worked in international development and humanitarian response, overseeing technical aspects of $42M in U.S. government-funded projects in disaster risk reduction, food security, drought relief, and health integration. Of greatest achievement was her work in the design of a shelter protocol for Haiti after Hurricane Matthew that USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance called “a model for emergency shelter best practice”. Tija prides herself on creating partnerships and on developing programs utilizing a community-centered approach. She got her start in international work as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana, where she built systems to better serve rural communities and improve the infrastructure and capacity to work alongside governments to leverage scarce resources and help more people.
In her free time, Tija volunteers for the American Red Cross as the Mass Care Lead for the Greater Inland Northwest Region and is passionate about equestrian sports. She is from Spokane, Washington and holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Washington and a Masters degree in Public Administration from Eastern Washington University.