Our Story

Established in 2010, by former MLS soccer player Steve Zakuani, Kingdom Hope is a non-profit organization whose programs are designed to inspire individuals to become great achievers in all areas of life. Based in Seattle, our team reaches people locally and globally through our community outreach events, Rising Leaders conference, and scholarship. Kingdom Hope’s goal is to provide the inspiration people need to achieve and realize their dreams. Our desire is to see individuals from all walks of life become leaders by maximizing their potential for greatness.

Our Team

Steve Zakuani

Founder / President

Steve Zakuani was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, moving to London when he was four years old. His soccer career started early in life playing for the Arsenal youth academy in London for five years, then attending the University of Akron on a soccer scholarship. In 2009, Zakuani’s professional soccer career began with the Seattle Sounders FC. He was drafted by the Major League Soccer expansion club as the first pick of the first round of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. In six years as a professional, he made well over 100 appearances in MLS but his career was cut short due to injury. Since retiring from soccer, Steve has stayed involved in the game through coaching individuals and running soccer clinics. As active as he was on the field during his career, Steve was just as active off it. He founded Kingdom Hope in 2010, a nonprofit whose programs inspire individuals to develop their talents and become leaders. He is also a prolific public speaker and has spoken to churches, businesses, sports teams, community groups, high schools, and universities on topics such as leadership, goal setting, teamwork, and overcoming adversity. Steve’s first book, 500 Days was released in January 2015 and it chronicles his return from a career-threatening injury to the field. When he isn’t coaching, speaking, or writing, Steve likes to travel, watch movies, and read books. He currently resides in Seattle, Washington.

Laurie Hodges

Business Development Director

Laurie Hodges is a native of Seattle, Washington with over 15 years of marketing and business development experience within the commercial real estate field, which has afforded key business relationships within the Seattle community. Laurie was introduced to soccer when she met her husband Mitch, who was born in Mexico and spent a part of his life in London. Laurie combined her passion for photography and soccer, and has held a media credential photographing the Seattle Sounders FC for several media outlets including CONCACAF, Soccer Seattle Magazine, and Crosscut.

Laurie is currently the Director of Business Development with the global workplace design firm IA Interior Architects. Her work focuses on fostering relationships with heads of Fortune 500 Companies Real Estate Groups.

As Business Development Director for Kingdom Hope, Laurie’s role is to expand our reach and to develop networking relationships for us with corporate partners and donors.

Andrey Orr

Executive Director

Andrey Orr was born in London, England and spent his years living in the capitals diverse borough of Haringey. He attended Middlesex University where he studied Retail Management before pursuing a successful management career with leading retail department store chain; John Lewis. Andrey has previously served as both event director and board trustee for local nonprofit charities helping to deliver leadership and community programs to inner city youths and adults. Andrey has often cited his grandmother as the inspiration for his interest in the world of business.

As chief operation officer Andrey works closely with all members of the  Kingdom Hope leadership team to implement and fulfill the mission, values and aspiration of Kingdom Hopes programs.

In his spare time Andrey can usually be found at his local movie complex, catching up on his reading or visiting family and friends. He currently divides his time between his home in London and Kingdom Hopes Pacific Northwest base.