New Executive Director

For Immediate Release

Contact: Brooks Riendl
Phone: (206) 932-2746


April 6, 2015 (Seattle, Washington) – The West Seattle Helpline (, a nonprofit social service agency offering emergency assistance for West Seattle residents, is pleased to welcome Chris Langeler as the new Executive Director.  Mr. Langeler comes to the West Seattle Helpline with years of experience in fundraising, social services, community development, management, and working with underserved individuals and families from diverse backgrounds.

Most recently, he managed the political campaigns for Washington State House of Representatives Speaker Frank Chopp and State Representative Brady Walkinshaw of Seattle during the 2014 election cycle.  He is on the Board of Directors for the Delridge Neighborhood Development Association and volunteers at Southwest Youth and Family Services and at High Point Community Center.

Mr. Langeler earned his Master of Science in Community Research & Action at Vanderbilt University in 2013 and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington in 2015.  Previously, he served as the Director of Research for the National Mobile Market, an organization dedicated to providing access to affordable, healthy food to food insecure neighborhoods nationwide.  Prior to that, he worked in Portland, Oregon at the Boys and Girls Aid Society, a program to support youth transitioning out of the juvenile justice system.

“We are so excited to have Chris on board!  With his solid experience and passion for our mission, Chris is going to have a huge impact on West Seattle families in need”, said Brooks Riendl, President of the West Seattle Helpline’s Board of Directors.

About West Seattle Helpline

Founded in 1989, the West Seattle Helpline (501c3) is a nonprofit social service agency offering one-time emergency assistance for West Seattle residents.  The West Seattle Helpline provides information, referrals, and financial assistance to help struggling, working families meet basic needs, such as housing, utilities and clothing. The West Seattle Helpline also founded and operates the West Seattle Clothesline, the only free clothing bank in West Seattle. For more information, visit