Benita Ki ’11

Benita Ki ’11 never figured on staying in Tacoma after graduating from Puget Sound. But the city’s spirit of community drew her in, compelling her to put down some roots, and that same spirit has driven her to become something of an accidental entrepreneur. Five years ago, with two business partners, she started Civic Roasters, a Tacoma-based coffee roastery with a strong interest in social justice.

“It really came out of an expression of who I am,” Ki says of Civic’s business model. “I didn’t start this to be an entrepreneur or make a ton of money or anything like that. Civic Roasters in some ways is the embodiment of my values of community and justice.”