Thursday, February 24, 2022

We welcome Abby Zorn as a new human resources manager at the School of Social Work. She is taking over the position previously held by Bethany Hamamoto Robinson.

For the past three years, Abby was human resources manager at the Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean, and Ecosystem Studies, part of the UW College of the Environment. Before relocating to the Pacific Northwest in 2018, she worked as an HR specialist building leadership development and onboarding programs for companies in New England and New York City.

She holds a BA from Vassar College and an MBA from Yale School of Management with a focus on human resources. She enjoys exploring Seattle and the surrounding area by hiking, biking and, occasionally, kayaking. A walk on the Burke-Gilman is a favorite when the weather is good.

Although Abby’s duties will be similar to those held by Bethany, we have recently reconfigured our dedicated HR managerial team of Michelle Birdsall, Donald Berg and Abby Zorn to better serve our growing employee population. A separate note about these changes was sent to all affected unit directors and administrators. If you have any questions, please contact Vicki Anderson-Ellis, Assistant Dean of Finance & Administration, or anyone on our HR team at

In the meantime, be sure to stop by and give a warm welcome to Abby. Her office is located on the 2nd floor of the main social work building, room 220H, and her email is

Thank you all for your patience while we continue to forge ahead on new hires for the School of Social Work!