Tom Weeks, Chair
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.
Betsy Johnson, Vice Chair
Betsy Johnson has been active in education in Bellevue and Washington state for the past 13 years. She has been a PTSA volunteer, past PTSA and Bellevue Schools Foundation president, and Bellevue School Board member. She has been volunteering for Eastside Pathways on the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading since its inception, currently serving as lead for the overall initiative and facilitating the Summer and Extended Learning collaborative. Betsy is a former Microsoft executive. She has four children in the Bellevue schools in middle and high school.
Janet Levinger, Immediate Past Chair
Janet Levinger is a Social Impact 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 Eastside Pathways. She is immediate past chair of Social Venture Partners Seattle and serves on the boards of Thrive by Five Washington, Crosscut, and the Center for Reproductive Rights. She is a founding board member and Emeritus Trustee of Eastside Prep School. She previously served on the boards or committees of the United Way King County, 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 grown son and daughter. She likes to cook, travel, and SCUBA dive. She and her husband ride a tandem together.
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.
Vange Ocasio Hochheimer, Secretary
Dr. Ocasio moved to the US from Puerto Rico at the age of eleven. She received her BA in Philosophy, Politics and Law (PPL) from Binghamton University in New York. She received her Master’s and PhD degrees in economics from Colorado State University. Dr. Ocasio’s vocation as a teacher and a researcher is centered on the idea of equal access as a way to reduce economic and social inequalities. In her work, she finds that when there is access to resources, the population develops both, socially and economically. This premise is inherent in Dr. Ocasio’s teaching philosophy, her research and her involvement in the community. She was appointed to the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Multicultural Affairs for the City of Spokane and reports to the Mayor and his cabinet on the stability, health, and status of underrepresented groups in the city. Dr. Ocasio joined Whitworth University as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Economics in the School of Business in the fall of 2011. Dr. Ocasio moved to Spokane from Colorado with her husband, Manny Hochheimer, in 2011. They have two little boys, Noah and Luca. Dr. Ocasio is a runner and enjoys camping and skiing. She also enjoys major league baseball (go Mariners!) and is a devout Whitworth Pirates fan!
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.
Dr. Thelma A. Jackson is the owner of Foresight Consultants, bringing over 30 years of experience in education change initiatives, restructuring and reform, equity and diversity, policymaking, school boardsmanship, cultural competency, community mobilization, strategic planning, educational auditing, school improvement, systemic change, curriculum evaluation for bias and fairness, professional development, and educational transformation. Thelma has served on task forces and advisory councils for five Washington governors. She has served in numerous leadership capacities over the years, such as President of the Washington State School Directors’ Association; a member and five-time President of the North Thurston School Board; as Chair of the Commission on African American Affairs; and as President of the Board of Trustees of The Evergreen State College. Thelma has served on numerous boards of community, civic, and service organizations, is listed in Who’s Who in America for 2006 and 2007, and is the recipient of a number of recognitions and awards for educational and community service. She is the Immediate Past President of the Washington Alliance of Black School Educators and serves on the Steering Committee of the Black Education Strategy Roundtable. Thelma has a BS in Biochemistry from Southern University and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University.
Erin Hemmings Kahn
Erin Kahn is the Director of the Raikes Foundation, where she provides day-to-day leadership of the Foundation and works closely with the co-founders to develop and execute strategies to help young people reach their full potential. Previously, Erin was Associate Director at Social Venture Partners Seattle. During her eight-year tenure, she managed the nonprofit capacity-building program and provided leadership to the grant-making programs. Erin also serves on the board of Philanthropy Northwest. Erin holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington and a BA in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego.
Chris Larson is a 1981 graduate of Princeton University. His successful career in the tech industry has led to many philanthropic interests, including public education reform.
Subarna Floura-Nagra is a strong Spokane community leader with a diverse background of work experiences and education. She graduated from Gonzaga Prep and is an Eastern Washington University graduate who earned her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Women’s Studies in 2007 and completed her Master’s Certificate in Health Services Administration in 2011. Subarna is also a 2013 graduate of Leadership Spokane and now serves on the Board of Directors. Subarna is the founder of Spokane County United Way’s chapter of the Emerging Leaders Society which is focused on engaging mid-career professionals to be community conscious, advance their professional networks, and begin to build their legacy in Spokane. She was recognized as an influential community member in the Inland Business Catalyst Magazine’s “20 Under 40” issue in September 2014. Subarna belongs to the Sikh Temple of Spokane and serves as an informal interpreter, and spokeswoman, as she is fluent in Hindi and Punjabi. She strongly values the idea of working to build community through collaboration, education and building relationships. Subarna is a dedicated member of the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Multicultural Affairs (MACMA) for the City of Spokane and also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the YWCA, Leadership Spokane, and Spokane County United Way Emerging Leaders Society. She is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory and owns a consulting company, D&F Consulting. Subarna resides in Spokane with her husband, Dave Nagra, and their two sons.
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.
Renee Radcliff Sinclair
Hon. Renee Radcliff Sinclair is president and CEO of TVW, Washington’s public affairs media network. TVW provides unedited gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Washington State Legislature, Supreme Court, executive branch, state boards and commissions, elections, and public policy events of statewide significance. Previously, Renee led Strategic Initiatives for Apple Inc. in the western United States where she managed relationships with elected officials and community thought leaders around issues related to student engagement, achievement and technology. Prior to joining Apple, Renee spent 14 years as a journalist, followed by four successful elections to the Washington State House of Representatives. While serving in the Legislature she garnered a number of prestigious awards and honors, including being named to the American Council of Young Political Leaders and as a fellow to the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs. Since retiring from public office, Renee has served in policy leadership roles with the US Chamber of Commerce, the American Electronics Association, and Apple. She is a regularly featured speaker at national and international events and has published numerous policy opinions in local, regional and national publications. Renee has served as a volunteer with a number of local government, humanitarian and workforce efforts over the years and continues to serve her community through a variety of policy-related, community-based activities.
Larry Wright serves as Chief Operating Officer at the College Success Foundation. Wright most recently served as the interim executive director of Washington State Mentors, a supporting organization of the College Success Foundation, and as a member of the College Success Foundation Board of Directors. Wright previously was the CEO of the National Mentoring Partnership in Washington, DC, where he launched the first National Mentoring Summit at the Library of Congress and oversaw the organization’s expansion to Chicago and Dallas. He has also served as managing director of The Bellevue Arts Museum, where he helped increase revenue and attendance by 15 percent. Wright received his PhD in communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has taught at Seattle University. His academic research centered on the capacity of nonprofit organizations to bring about meaningful change at the community level. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Washington State University.