Members

Members by Appointment

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.

Stephanie Gardner

Dr. Stephanie Gardner

Senior Program Manager, Sova
Appointed by: Mayor

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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.   

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Marques Gittens

Youth Development & Educator Manager, Seattle Housing Authority
Appointed by: Mayor
Susan Yi Lu Lee

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

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

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. 

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Manuela Slye

Early Childhood Educator
Appointed by: City Council
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Linda Thompson-Black

Development Director, UNCF - Seattle Area
Appointed by: Mayor
Kimberly Walker

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

Bruce Harrell

Bruce Harrell

Mayor, City of Seattle
Appointed by: Ordinance

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Bruce Harrell is the 57th Mayor of Seattle and a proud graduate of Seattle Public Schools. He previously served as City Council President and has been a long-time leader on issues of racial equity, public safety reform, and economic and educational opportunity for all. Mayor Harrell was a catalyst for the pilot program that eventually became the Seattle Promise, providing free college education to Seattle Public School students, and he originated the Great Student Initiative that provided 20,000 Seattle Public School students with access to computers and high-speed Internet access. Since taking office in January 2022, Mayor Harrell has implemented his One Seattle vision to address the needs of the city with a collaborative approach that bridges differences and celebrates our commonality.

Tammy J. Morales

Tammy J. Morales

Councilmember, Seattle City Council
Appointed by: Ordinance

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Councilmember Tammy J. Morales was elected to the Seattle City Council in 2019. An experienced community organizer and advocate, Morales worked for the Rainier Beach Action Coalition and served as a Seattle Human Rights Commissioner. Morales is trained as a community and regional planner and has spent her career working with frontline communities on local issues including food security, displacement in low-income neighborhoods and community-centered development. Morales previously served as a legislative director for a state representative in Texas, as a city budget analyst in New York City, and ran a successful consulting firm on food access research and programming, with clients such as the City of Seattle and King County. Morales has been a Seattle resident for over 20 years. She is a mom with three kids - two in Seattle Public Schools and one a proud Viking at Portland State. Morales and her family call the Lakewood neighborhood home.

Shoaun Pan

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.

Brent Jones

Dr. Brent Jones

Superintendent, Seattle Public Schools
Appointed by: Ordinance
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Vivian Song Maritz

Seattle Public Schools, District 4
Appointed by: Ordinance