Karen Cooper, President
Karen Cooper is a part-time political and fundraising consultant. She retired from NARAL Pro-Choice Washington in 2009 after fifteen years as the executive director. Before moving to Washington state in 1981, Karen taught elementary school in Washington, DC, and Philadelphia. Karen holds a master’s degree in public school administration from Howard University.
David Schaefer, Vice President
David Schaefer served in a number of key Public Affairs roles in the Seattle area, including the Woodland Park Zoo, Port of Seattle, and in the office of U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott. Previously, he was a reporter and editor for The Seattle Times, where he worked as the Washington, DC, correspondent for four years. He has served on a number of boards of private, nonprofit institutions, including the Washington News Council, Edmonds Citizens for Schools, Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, and Edmonds Center for the Arts. He currently is working as a public affairs consultant.
Sarah Reyneveld, Secretary
Sarah Reyneveld serves as an Assistant Attorney General in the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, Labor and Industries Division in Seattle. Sarah originally became an advocate for quality public education during her first job out of college where she served as a campaign manager for a local 2003 Seattle School Board race. After serving on Chris Gregoire’s 2004 gubernatorial campaign, Sarah worked as a Legislative Assistant for the Washington State Senate and as a Research Assistant for Governor Chris Gregoire’s comprehensive education study, Washington Learns. During graduate and law school at the University of Washington, Sarah advocated for affordable, quality higher education as President and Vice President of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate. Sarah is a founding board member of Graduate Washington, an organization committed to maintaining and expanding access to higher education in Washington state.
Kevin Washington, Treasurer
Kevin C. Washington is a semi-retired consultant in the fields of business to business electronic commerce and retail logistics, who now spends the majority of his time as a volunteer across a host of local and state childhood education projects. Kevin worked previously in the private sector for more than 25 years, including 18 years of retail management at REI. Kevin is the Chair of the Seattle YMCA Black Achievers Program, board member of the Meredith Mathews East Madison YMCA branch, board member and Co-chair of the Grants Committee for the Seattle Foundation and serves on the boards of numerous education and civic organizations including Thrive By Five, Tabor 100, and the Coalition for Equal Education Rights.
Nick Hanauer co-founded the League of Education Voters with Lisa Macfarlane in 2001. He created the Second Avenue Partners, a Seattle-based venture capital company. Nick serves on the boards of Forterra (formerly the Cascade Land Conservancy), the University of Washington Foundation, the Seattle Alliance for Education, and the University of Arizona’s Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter and Biosphere 2.
Lee Lambert is Washington STEM’s STEM Network Director, leading the charge on the organization’s statewide effort to advance STEM education in alignment with local economic development. He previously worked as the Director of the Washington College Access Network (WCAN). Lee is a native of Tacoma and a graduate of Foss High School; he has a degree in political science from Washington State University and a Master of Public Administration from Seattle University. Prior to joining WCAN, Lee worked in the Seattle office of Senator Maria Cantwell, serving as the State Grants Coordinator and Special Project Manager. Earlier in his career, Lee had the opportunity to work for Congressman Adam Smith and Congressman Norm Dicks, as well as the Bates Technical College Foundation. Lee lives in Shoreline with his wife Adrienne and their two children. They are active members of the Meridian Park Elementary PTSA.
Janet Levinger is an active community leader in the Seattle area. She is passionate about education, believing that investments in children improve their lives and have enormous positive community outcomes. Janet joined the LEV Foundation Board of Directors in 2009. Currently, Janet is Board Chair of Social Venture Partners Seattle and serves on the boards of United Way of King County, Thrive by Five Washington, and Eastside Pathways. She is a founding board member and Emeritus Trustee of Eastside Prep School. She previously served on the boards or committees of the Child Care Resources, Bellevue Schools Foundation, Children’s Alliance, Foundation for Early Learning, the Early Care and Education Coalition, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Janet worked in the tech industry for 16 years in Boston and San Francisco. She has a BA in English with honors from Brown University. Janet lives in Bellevue with her husband and two cats. She has a son and daughter both in college. She likes to cook, travel, and SCUBA dive. She and her husband ride a tandem together.
Steve is a founding board member of the League of Education Voters and author of statewide initiatives I-728 and I-884. He is a lawyer, vice chair of the Board of Trustees for Bellevue College, and previously served for ten years as a school board member for Bellevue School District.
Dean Nielsen is a political strategist and Principal of Cerillion N4 Partners. Since starting his political career in 1992 working for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign, he has worked on political campaigns in 32 states on every level of campaign, from school board to Congress to Governor to President as well as advising candidates and political parties in Eastern Europe. He’s worked on numerous government relations and communications projects for corporate and nonprofit clients including the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, a major sports team ownership group, a Fortune 500 agricultural interest, Seattle’s Harborview Hospital, and the Seattle McCaw Performance Hall. More recently, he has expanded his portfolio to include companies focused on clean energy, biomass generation, online cable TV, spectral pattern matching, data processing, and other services. Mr. Nielsen holds a bachelor’s degree from Bradley University.
Marquita Prinzing is a 4th grade, National Board Certified Teacher at Orca K–8 in Seattle, WA. Prior to working at Orca, she was a 4th grade teacher for 4 years at Sanislo Elementary in West Seattle. Before becoming a teacher, she counseled students as an Academic Counselor at Rainier Scholars. As a member of the Teachers Advisory Council, Marquita worked with other teachers in Seattle Public Schools to advise the school board and the union on policies that affect teachers and students. She is one of the Lead Science Trainers for the science curriculum in Seattle Public Schools as well as a curriculum writer for the BetterLessons Master Teacher Project. Marquita received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Seattle University and a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Washington.
Bob Roseth is one of LEV’s founding board members. He became concerned about education in 1995 when a Seattle school levy failure raised the possibility that his son, a budding fifth-grade musician, would lose access to all school music programs. He’s stayed involved ever since. He served as secretary of SchoolsFirst, the organization that runs the Seattle school levy, for a number of years. Bob’s day job was, until recently, at the University of Washington, where he has directed the Office of News and Information since 1984. He retired in 2013. He has been a Seattle resident since 1977. He currently serves on the board of Seattle JazzED, a startup that provides after school ensemble instruction to young people who don’t have access through their schools. He also studies piano and has an outline in his head for a mystery/satire novel.
A Seattle native, Tom Weeks earned a BA in American Studies from Middlebury College and an MA and PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University, where his dissertation analyzed the Latin American debt crisis of the 1980s. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Palau (Micronesia) with his wife, Deborah Oyer, MD. He was an elected member of the Seattle City Council for two terms and was Executive Director of Human Resources for the Seattle Public Schools prior to Chairing the Board of the Seattle Monorail Project. For several years he taught at the Evans School of Public Policy at the University of Washington and has consulted in public policy and negotiation. He has served on numerous boards, including the New School Foundation, Lakeside School, and People for Puget Sound.