SEATTLE TEAM BIOGRAPHIES //
Lindsey Whitford, Director || Seattle, WA
Since joining Soccer Without Borders in 2010, Lindsey had always had a dream of starting the first SWB program in Seattle. In 2018, she was able to make this a reality, taking her years of experience as Director of SWB Boston to the West Coast to build SWB's newest program. Lindsey first joined SWB in 2010 as a Team Leader in Granada, Nicaragua, joining the national office team as Monitoring and Evaluation Manager upon her return from Nicaragua. As the Boston program was launching, Lindsey rose to the challenge, building the East Boston program from the ground up, managing all aspects of staffing, program development, fund development, partnerships, and implementation, while serving as a coach herself. A former student-athlete from Lewis & Clark College, Lindsey holds a degree in Latin American Studies and earned an Advanced High Certification on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview for Spanish. She holds a Certificate in Social Impact Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania, has been featured as a speaker at the NSCAA Convention, was a grant reviewer for Mass. Promise Fellows, and was selected as one of six Young Leaders globally by streetfootballworld as a Coordinator for Festival '16 in Lyon, France. She was also named an MLS Community MVP by the New England Revolution for her work at SWB Boston. Lindsey is an avid pug fan and can hold down center back in any back four.
Stephanie is a newcomer to SWB and just began her position as head coach with the high school female team and co-ed middle school team at Seattle World School. She graduated from WWU with a degree in Kinesiology (specialization in health and fitness) and minors in sport psychology and Spanish. Her attention while at school was focused on women of color’s health and how various barriers impact not only newly arrived immigrants but also the generations that follow. A fitness fanatic at heart, Stephanie loves using sport and physical fitness to help build a lasting relationship with wellness and is thrilled to work with a program that includes everyone on that passage of finding what health, confidence and success means for them.
Robby first started at SWB as a volunteer assistant coach in 2018 and when a full time coaching position opened for the fall of 2019, he jumped at the opportunity to join the SWB Seattle team. Robby coaches the High School Boy's team and Middle School Co-Ed team at the Seattle World School. Prior to this he worked as an Ecologist restoring rivers in the Pacific Northwest and as a Teacher in Chiapas, Mexico where he also coached Middle School Soccer. Robby is inspired by the way that Soccer can bring people together and create community and is excited about the opportunity to make the world a more just and equitable place through the mission of SWB. When he is not coaching, Robby can be found playing futsal, biking around town, or exploring the rivers and mountains of the Pacific Northwest.