Members

Members by Appointment

Trish Dziko

Co-founder and Executive Director, TAF Academy
Appointed by: Mayor

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Trish has led the growth of TAF into a statewide leader in STEM education, operating TAF Academy (a 6th to 12th grade, award-winning public school that is co-managed by TAF and the Federal Way Public School District), increasing the number of teachers of color through the Martinez Fellowship, and partnering with public schools to transform them into academic environments that will promote the highest level of student learning. Previously she spent 15 years as a developer, designer and manager in the high-tech industry. She remains a committed, proactive leader and serves on the boards of several organizations that focus on children and education. 

Dr. Donald Felder

Retired Administrator, Seattle Public Schools
Appointed by: City Council

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Dr. Felder spent 30 years with Seattle Public Schools (SPS) as a teacher/principal, and with Casey Family Programs managed services for vulnerable families for 10 years.  Specifically, Dr. Felder groomed small schools to educate all students, while championing children's services throughout Martin Luther King County. His leadership helped to positively transform the lives of thousands of students in alternative education programs that continue, on this day, to help students thrive. Dr. Felder left a legacy that underscores his consistency in leadership and for tenaciously protecting the interest of children and families.

Dr. Stephanie Gardner

Senior Program Manager, Sova
Appointed by: Mayor Jenny Durkan

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Dr. Gardner is a lifelong educator with over 20 years of experience ensuring educational access, opportunity, and success for those who have been historically underserved. In her role as Senior Program Manger at Sova, Dr. Gardner helps higher education leaders improve stakeholder collaboration and accelerate progress on key initiatives, and assists in business planning. Before joining Sova, Dr. Gardner worked on education state policy at the Washington Student Achievement Council. She also served 15 years at the University of Washington, working on multiple access and retention initiatives for the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity. She later led a multi-million-dollar National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, spanning three states and thirteen institutions, focused on diversification in STEM. She holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Washington.   

Susan Yi Lu Lee

Director Early Childhood Education Operations and Volunteer Services, Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA)
Appointed by: Mayor

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Susan oversees the education program that serves all the families served by ReWA in addition to working closely with the volunteer nurses and interns from the University of Washington and Seattle University. Highlights of her prior corporate and non-profit agency work includes experience in leadership and management, communications, financials, organizational development, mentoring, and professional development training. She advocates for social justice, public policy changes, and equal access to services while respecting cultural values and the right to self-determination.

Erin Okuno

Executive Director, Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC)
Appointed by: City Council

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Erin Okuno is the Executive Director of the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC)SESEC is a coalition of community-based organizations, schools, educators, community leaders, parents, caregivers, and concerned SE Seattle residents working to improve education for all children, especially those in SE Seattle and those farthest away from opportunities. Before joining SESEC, Erin worked on developing K-12 and early learning education policy, supporting public libraries, and developing education coalitions. She has a deep interest in racial equity and addresses poor educational achievements and unequal investments in SE Seattle schools.

Jennifer Matter

President, Seattle Education Association
Appointed by: City Council

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Jennifer Matter is the President of the Seattle Education Association (SEA), which serves as the voice of over 6000 Seattle Public School educators. She has 18 years of experience teaching at Madison Middle School and Washington Middle School in Seattle, as well as Bret Harte Middle School in Oakland, California. She earned a Master's in Teaching and a State of Washington teaching certificate from the University of Washington with endorsements in K-8 elementary education, K-12 Art, and K-12 Spanish. Jennifer is also the proud mother of two current Seattle Public School students. 

Dr. Constance Rice

President, Very Strategic Group
Appointed by: Mayor

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Constance W. Rice, PhD, is the President of the Very Strategic Group, a consulting firm for executive coaching and educational policies. Dr. Rice is semi-retired. She is currently working on educational projects in the Mississippi Delta and Seattle.  She has held many leadership positions including, the Senior Executive Fellow for Casey Family Programs, Managing Director for Knowledge Management for Casey Family Programs, founder and past president of Strategic Education Centers, national founding Executive Director of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation, U.S.A, Vice Chancellor, and Senior Chancellor of Seattle Community Colleges, and interim president of North Seattle Community College. A tireless activist and civic volunteer, Dr. Rice has made her mark in many areas of national and international service

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Princess Shareef

Adjunct Faculty, Antioch University
Appointed by: City Council

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Princess Shareef has 35 years of experience as an educator, supporting schools in their efforts to create a positive learning environment for all children. As a volunteer, she has helped lead Seattle Public Schools African American Male Think Tank and continues to participate in the district's African American Male Achievement Committee. Additionally, she teaches a course in Community Engagement in Antioch's Urban Environmental Education program and supports principal interns at the University of Washington's Danforth program for educational leadership. Princess' passion is focusing on education for those students who find themselves furthest from educational equity.

Kimberly Walker

5-24 Policy and Program Manager, Best Starts for Kids
Appointed by: City Council

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Kimberly J. Walker is the King County Best Starts for Kids 5-24 Policy & Program Manager. Passionate about serving her community.  She has spent a number of years serving the Western Washington. With a heartfelt commitment to the needs of families, Kimberly's mission is to connect with and empower communities to uplift their voice and lead the change they want to see.

Members by Ordinance

Jenny Durkan

Mayor, City of Seattle
Appointed by: Ordinance

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Jenny A. Durkan is the 56th Mayor of Seattle and the first woman to lead the City in nearly a century. Prior to becoming Mayor, Durkan was a civic leader and nationally recognized attorney, in addition to becoming the first openly gay U.S. Attorney in our country's history. She is focused on the housing affordability crisis, helping those experiencing homelessness, providing free college tuition to Seattle's high school graduates, and pushing reforms and restoring trust in the police department - while also delivering on basic city services.  

M. Lorena Gonzalez

Councilmember, Seattle City Council
Appointed by: Ordinance

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As one of two at-large (citywide) representatives and the first Latinx elected to serve the Seattle City Council, Councilmember M. Lorena González has over a decade of experience as a civil rights attorney and community advocate. She has served on various local, regional and national non-profit boards, including OneAmerica, OneAmerica Votes, UnidosUS, Northwest Area Foundation, Latina/o Bar Association of Washington, and Washington State Association for Justice. Councilmember González has been recognized locally and nationally for her work in and out of the courtroom and has been awarded multiple recognitions.

Shoaun Pan

Chancellor, Seattle Colleges
Appointed by: Ordinance

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Dr. Shouan Pan was appointed chancellor of Seattle Colleges in July 2016. His previous executive roles include, president of Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona, provost of Broward College-South Campus, executive dean of Instruction and Student Services at Florida State College at Jacksonville, dean of Student Life at Community College of Philadelphia, and assistant professor of Educational Psychology and Recruitment and Retention Administrator at Northern Arizona University. Chancellor Pan centers his leadership and management practices on fulfilling the community college mission and promoting student and community success.

Dr. Brent Jones

Interim Superintendent, Seattle Public Schools
Appointed by: Ordinance
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Leslie Harris

Director, Seattle Public Schools, District 6
Appointed by: Ordinance