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Dr. Donald Felder

Retired Administrator, Seattle Public Schools
Appointed by: City Council

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Dr. Donald Felder’s leadership in education has helped positively transform the lives of thousands of students during his 40+ years in education, social services, and community organizing. During his tenure with Seattle Public Schools (SPS) working as a teacher and principal and a decade of experience at Casey Family Programs, Dr. Felder was a tireless advocate for the education rights of struggling students and a champion of children's services and alternative education programs.

Dr. Felder's advocacy for students furthest from education justice has left a legacy that underscores his compassionate leadership and tenacity for protecting the interest of children and families throughout Seattle and King County. Dr. Felder is a proud graduate of the University of Washington and Union University. 

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
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Kateri Joe

Director of Outreach and Engagement, Treehouse
Appointed by: Mayor

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Kateri has worked with youth for over a decade. She has developed relationships with local tribal nations and tribal communities across Washington state and created programing to support educational opportunity for native youth in foster care. In addition to partnering with the native community, Kateri is dedicated to improving the lives of all children and youth who are furthest from education justice. Kateri grew up in West Seattle, is a graduate of the University of WA, and loves attending local pow wows, canoe journey, and Native basketball tournaments.

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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Manuel Slye is passionate about public policy and has testified in front of the local, state, and national legislatures to support language justice and to promote policy to eliminate opportunity gaps for BIPOC students.

She is the first ever Latinx president of the Seattle Council PTSA, which represents more than 80 PTAs and PTSAs in Seattle Public Schools. She has been awarded the KCTS Exceptional Caregiver Award and the Latino Community Award for her work supporting second language education in her community. Slye has collaborated with the Seattle Public Schools as the English Language Learning family representative and member of the Equity and Race Advisory Committee. 

Manuela is the founder and director of Cometa Playschool and is an early childhood educator and a family advocate. 

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Evan Smith

Community Member
Appointed by: Mayor

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Evan Smith understands the important role that education and more specifically quality early learning plays in preparing our youngest learners for school and beyond. Evan spent his early career as an educator and administrator in D.C. public schools before relocating to Seattle to work in Information Technology with Starbucks. He is deeply committed to equity and social justice and uses this value to guide his work at Starbucks and in service to the greater Seattle community. Evan is a distinguished graduate of the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and the proud father of a preschool aged child.  

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Linda Thompson-Black

Development Director, UNCF - Seattle Area
Appointed by: Mayor

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Linda is passionate about creating successful education opportunities for all students and students of color. Linda began her tenure with the United Negro College Fund in 2016 where she has worked to support students with equitable access to resources for post-secondary education. Linda served Seattle as the special assistant to Seattle Mayor Norm Rice on education and human services from 1990 to 1997. She also helped lead the very successful first Education Summit during his tenure, which resulted in the passage of the first ever Seattle Families and Education Levy. She is a proud Husky earning both a Bachelors of Arts and Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington.

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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Dr. Jones has demonstrated experience creating the right conditions and systems for advancing educational justice. He has dedicated his career to making sure all students thrive by transforming organizational cultures and redesigning PreK-12 systems and supports.

In a former role with SPS, he developed the district’s roadmap for realizing racial equity for students and families. Dr. Jones has deep community roots and is a proud product of Seattle Public Schools and the University of Washington.

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Vivian Song Maritz

Seattle Public Schools, District 4
Appointed by: Ordinance

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Vivian Song- Maritz is currently a Seattle Public Schools Board Director and serves on the Washington State Leadership Board, focused on equitable youth leadership. Vivian is a former PTSA president and a private sector professional, with over 15 years of experience in finance and operations. She has volunteered with youth programs in immigrant communities such as Denise Louie Education Center and served as a member of the Superintendent Parent Advisory Council. Vivian is a proud alumni of Harvard University, a mom of four children, and the daughter of immigrants from Taiwan and Brazil.

Education and Early Learning

Dwane Chappelle, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 1700, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94665, Seattle, WA, 98124-6965
Phone: (206) 233-5118
Phone Alt: Childcare and Preschool: (206) 386-1050
Fax: (206) 386-1900
education@seattle.gov

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