Rainier Scholars, Executive Director
Rainier Scholars seeks an exceptional Executive Director committed to educational equity to lead the organization into its third decade. Rainier Scholars offers a pathway to college graduation for hard-working, low- income students of color by providing access to transformative educational opportunities. The next Executive Director will lead the organization into an exciting period of growth and expansion, even as we address the new challenges and opportunities brought about by the pandemic, the shifting economy, and the current national dialogue about systemic racism.
We seek an experienced leader who is knowledgeable and passionate about educational equity, brings vision and drive, can inspire people to support Rainier Scholars, and embodies the Rainer Scholars EPIC values: excellent, perseverance, integrity, and courage.
Fa'izah Bradford, Senior Director, Strategy for Racial Equity Impact
Fa'izah brings years of experience leading departments, school districts, and organizations in setting policy and cultivating culture, climate, and conditions that strive towards anti-racism. As Senior Director, Strategy for Racial Equity Impact, Fa'izah will partner closely across the organization, Road Map Region partners, and community to center historically marginalized voices, foster innovation, and maximize outcomes beyond outputs for students and families in South Seattle.
Stephan Blanford, Executive Director
Stephan brings to the Executive Director role a record of organizational leadership in service of improving outcomes for children and families. He has experience in operationalizing principles of racial equity, expertise in nonprofit financial management, and a track record of advancing family-focused public policy solutions. He is well suited to further the Children's Alliance Board of Directors’ strategic plan, which focuses on leadership and organizational development to champion racial equity for Washington’s children and families. Stephan assumed the Executive Director position in late June 2020.
Emiko Atherton, Executive Director
Social Venture Partners, Seattle
Emiko joined the SVP Seattle team in June 2020, bringing a lifetime of work in the social sector, exemplary credentials, and a lot of passion – her natural spirit of connection and compassion, and personal sense of urgency to help address inequities across Seattle, provide a great platform for SVP to deepen and expand on its mission and goals in innovative ways.
Phoebe Sade Anderson, Executive Director
Phoebe Sade Anderson moved into the Executive Director role at CCR in April 2020. Through a vigorous search, Phoebe emerged as the "ideal leader" for CCR and embodies the "skills, values, and vision" CCR needs both in this time of great challenge and beyond.
Kari brings with her over 15 years of experience in nonprofit administration, fundraising, and marketing. For the past 9 years, she has served as the Executive Director of a non-profit social service agency dedicated to addressing the root cause of homelessness and poverty. In addition to her work in the nonprofit sector, Kari has served on several boards and committees focused on breaking down system barriers for marginalized populations. Kari started in her role as Executive Director at JWC in March 2020.
Kirsten Harris-Talley, Interim Executive Director
Kirsten is an advocacy and policy champion, bringing 15 years of experience to her role as Interim Executive Director. In this six month placement, she will help continue NARAL's great work and set the organization up for long-term stability and success.
Jaime joined WTA in January 2020 as the newly-created Chief Impact Officer, charged with moving the organization closer to our vision of trails for everyone, forever. From Jill Simmons, WTA's CEO: "Jaime brings a strong strategic skillset and a fresh perspective on how the WTA community can be the champions that trails need. I am looking forward to working with him to continue to shape the future of trails in Washington."
Liliane Ballesteros, Executive Director
Lilliane served as Interim Executive Director for LCF before being hired into the permanent role in November 2019 after a competitive and robust search process. She brings her development and fundraising expertise to the role, and has worked with nonprofits in Seattle and her hometown, Los Angeles.
Andrea Axel, Executive Director
Andrea joined Spark Northwest as Executive Director in August 2019. To this role, she brings with her a wealth of knowledge about how to manage and grow programs, and cultivated large scale public-private partnerships, collaborating with state and local government to align strategy for maximum impact. From Andrea: "I look forward to getting to know Spark Northwest’s stakeholders to hear perspectives about how we can most effectively make our communities cleaner and healthier for future generations.”
Allie Lindsay Johnson, Executive Director
Perinatal Support Washington
Allie brings her leadership experience, skill, and strong commitment to our organizational mission to help PSWA serve more families and train more providers across Washington. From PSWA: "We are excited to introduce the community to this talented and dynamic woman and know PS-WA will be in great hands under her leadership." Allie started in her new role in August 2019.
Kimber Connors, Executive Director
“We feel incredibly fortunate to have in Kimber such an inspiring, results-driven leader who is ready to spearhead the next phase of our organization’s growth,” said Brad Smith, WSOS Board Chair and President of Microsoft. “Throughout her career, Kimber has been a tireless advocate for educational equity with a deep commitment to removing barriers for students across our state.” Kimber stated as the new ED for WSOS in July 2019.
Peggy Allen Jackson, Development Director
Clover partnered with Open Arms Perinatal Services in Spring 2019 to hire a new Development Director Peggy Allen Jackson. Peggy will work collaboratively to help advance the organization's mission and vision for serving women and children across Washington.
In June 2019, Building Changes welcomed D'Artagnan Caliman as their new executive director. Caliman has spent most of his career in the field of child welfare, working to improve the practices and policies of the foster care system. Having experienced both foster care and periods of homelessness as a youth, he has devoted much of his boundless energy to ensuring that the people impacted most by practice and policy decisions are included in making them.
Kellie Morril, Executive Director
Kellie Morrill joined the Tiny Trees staff as executive director in May 2019. "Kellie is a seasoned leader in the early childhood education field, and is poised to lead Tiny Trees with strength and thoughtfulness,” said Tiny Trees Board Co-Presidents Matt Holman and Keren Herzberg. “Her experience in delivering high quality early learning programs, her extensive operational and management experience, and her deep commitment to our values, mission, and focus on equity make her an outstanding fit to lead the organization.”
Sudha Nandagopal, CEO
Sudha Nandagopal, a leading Seattle-based progressive movement strategist, community builder and thought leader, joined the global philanthropy network as its new CEO in February 2019.
Lexi Keeler, Director of Advancement
For the past decade, Lexi has supported young people through development work at innovative community organizations. Lexi currently serves on the Board of Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC), a coalition of organizations, schools, educators, parents and caregivers, and community leaders working to improve education for all children, especially those farthest from opportunities.