“If you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.” - Toni Morrison
Hallie McClain is the Special Initiatives Coordinator at Marguerite Casey Foundation. As Special Initiatives Coordinator, Hallie is focused on supporting the President & CEO’s most high-profile strategic initiatives, including the support of grant recipients to access federal funding. Before coming to the Foundation, Hallie served in research-focused internships tracking anti-immigrant detention organizing across the country during the COVID-19 era, and supporting an anti-carceral nonprofit led by free and captive community activists seeking radical change in Washington state’s sentencing laws.
Hallie joined the Foundation as the Federal Government Fellow in the summer of 2021. Prior to joining the MCF team, she worked as a bartender and server in restaurants across the Boston and Seattle areas, while attending college. Hallie graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington, where she had the honor of delivering the Law, Societies, and Justice department’s student convocation speech.