Itala manages the firm’s finances, including invoicing, accounts payable and receivable. She is also the firm’s benefits administrator, and works closely with all our vendors.
Prior to joining BERK, she worked as a legal assistant for a local immigration law firm where she worked with members of Washington’s predominately Spanish-speaking community who were in immigration proceedings. Itala’s varied background and unique skill set has led her from a desk job at a New York City publishing house to living and working on a variety of organic farms across the U.S. She spent time on an urban farm with at-risk youth and a remote biodynamic farm in upstate New York. In all cases, her days were spent connecting children and young adults with food and their environment, focusing on nutrition and local food access issues.
Itala spent her childhood moving around the world and has a sincere interest in people and other cultures. Her love of traveling continued into adulthood. She spent three months back-packing through Scotland, Ireland, and Wales and worked on a turtle conservation project in Costa Rica. She now calls Seattle home and holds every quick escape close to her heart.