Chief Executive Officer
As a first-generation college graduate, Chris knows the transformative power of education to lift families out of poverty. She earned a double major in education and sociology and spent the early years of her professional life teaching high school social studies and coaching girls’ sports.
Chris values personal choice and worked in reproductive rights advocacy before moving to Washington state.
Chris joined the League of Education Voters in 2007 in order to ensure that our public education system provides Washington families with high-quality options for their kids’ education. She believes each student should be prepared for post-secondary opportunities and our education system should be designed to make that possible.
In the fall of 2012, the national Policy Innovators in Education named Chris the “Most Valuable Player” of the Year.
Chris has written opinion pieces for The Seattle Times and Crosscut and co-authored journal articles including “Paving a Path to Best Practices in Washington State: How Changing School Discipline Policies Can Curb Disproportionality and Close the Achievement Gap” in Western Washington University’s Journal of Educational Controversy (Fall 2012/Winter 2013). She is a board member with the Washington State Charter Schools Association. She also serves on the Policy Innovators in Education executive committee, the Eastside Pathways Leadership Committee, and as secretary of the Arbor Heights Elementary School PTA.
When she is not advocating for an education system that lifts our children’s future, Chris can be found coaching her son’s soccer team and cheering on her beloved Green Bay Packers.
Chief Operating Officer
Leann joined the League of Education Voters in 2016 bringing over 25 years’ experience in Finance and Operations in both For and Non-Profit organizations. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast and prior to working for LEV she spent 5 years as COO/Director of Finance and Administration at The Mountaineers, a nonprofit outdoor education and conservation organization. She grew up in Alaska, with teachers for parents and spent much of her summers camping and fishing with her family. She is grateful to have been provided an excellent public education experience.
Leann believes in the power education is proud to be a part of LEV’s work to improve student outcomes and change lives.
Director of Development
Emily joined the League of Education Voters in 2017. Prior to joining LEV, she was the director of development for a local museum and a non-profit school in Seattle. Previous to moving to Seattle she was the executive director of a health and human service organization in Boulder, CO. Emily has lead organizational change and cultivated generosity with joy for 18 years.
Emily comes from a family of educators and is lucky to have received an excellent K-12 public school education. She holds a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University, Denver, CO and a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. When she is not out and about persuading people to invest in social good, she can usually be found walking her exuberant dogs, enjoying her wonderful family and working on her dance moves.
Emma Elise Hodges
Emma joined the League of Education Voters (LEV) in 2018 after serving as a digital communications intern through the University of Washington (UW). At the UW Emma studied Visual Communication Design and received a bachelor in Education, Communities, and Organizations (ECO). She also served as a liaison between the ECO Student Leadership Council and the Associated Students of the College of Education. Prior, Emma directed the UW Residential Programming Board, producing 78 events for on-campus residents. Emma also has worked extensively in the overnight summer camp industry, most notably she taught photography at Sound View Camp in Washington and directed Kidventure Safari Camp in Texas. When not geeking out over data visualization, Emma can be found with a camera in hand, enjoying delicious food, and/or backpacking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Nancy joined the League of Education Voters in 2012, after brief stints at Historic Seattle and Washington STEM and after several years at the New School Foundation. Through her work at NSF, she was part of the team that built the Rainier Beach Children’s Garden at South Shore School. Her personal involvement in public education includes being a PTA Board member, serving multiple roles, from Legislative Liaison to President, at Olympic View Elementary in Seattle.
Nancy is a product of local public schools (Go Kangs!) and earned her BA in English at UCLA and her master’s degree in public administration at Seattle University.
Nancy volunteers at SHINE, a retail store located at SCCA House whose proceeds benefit patient programs at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. She lives in north Seattle with her husband and two teenage children. She enjoys going to their athletic and musical events, exercising, traveling, and camping, especially in Hawaii. She is an avid reader.
Regional Field Director, Spokane
Sandra Jarrard is originally from western Washington; she and her family moved to Spokane in 2004. Prior to working for the League of Education Voters, Sandra worked for Greater Spokane Incorporated. As their Director for Public Policy, Sandra worked with education, higher education, business, and community leaders to accomplish policy changes and to advocate for funding for regional priorities. Sandra received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Washington, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration for Eastern Washington University. In her free time, Sandra enjoys spending time with her family and loves to train for marathons.
Ruvine joined the League of Education Voters in 2014. Prior to that, she participated in Early Achievers Institutes in Spokane and Yakima to receive training in the Early Childhood, Infant & Toddler, and Family Child Care Environment Rating Scales and became a pre-K-certified reliable observer on the Classroom Assessment Scoring System. She attended these institutes while also taking Columbia Basin College’s Child Development Associate (CDA) course and volunteering with AARP’s Tax-Aide Program in her community.
Ruvine worked for Benton Franklin Community Action Committee (BFCAC) in Pasco for 14 years in various positions. Most recently, she was instrumental in helping BFCAC exceed Healthplanfinder enrollment goals in Benton, Franklin, and Walla Counties by training more than 100 individuals to become certified navigators (in-person assisters) for Washington Healthplanfinder. Ruvine also served as BFCAC’s Child Care Support Services Director, where she oversaw the Child and Adult Care Food Program, Homeless Child Care Program, Child Care Resource and Referral Program, Seasonal Subsidy Child Care Program, and STARS training, and developed a close working relationship with childcare providers.
Ruvine has 6 children and 12 grandchildren. She lives with her dog, two parakeets, cat, three daughters, and five grandchildren. She loves sharing new lessons she’s learned with her family, on topics such as early learning, social and emotional development, gardening, reading, and about her community.
Communications Director | @arikkorman
Arik Korman has worked in Seattle media for over 20 years with KING, KIRO, KZOK and KJR, most notably as Executive Director of The Bob Rivers Show. He currently hosts his own interview program on iHeartRadio. Arik earned a Puget Sound Radio Broadcasters Association Soundie award for his partnership with World Vision, which has resulted in nearly 5000 children sponsored around the world and annual donations of more than $2M for projects such as education, clean water, food security, and medical care. Education is in his DNA, as his mother and sister are teachers, he has a son in public elementary school, and he views education as the single greatest catalyst for change in society.
Arik recharges by playing tennis and ultimate frisbee, hiking, board gaming, traveling, and enjoying Washington wine.
Chief Advocacy Officer | @kellymunn
Kelly has been a dedicated education advocate for over ten years. She moved from San Francisco nearly twenty years ago to manage sales training at Microsoft. When her first child was three, she decided to stay home with him and in a few years, two more joined him.
As her children entered the Issaquah school system, Kelly found it impossible to watch from the sidelines. She joined the PTSA and volunteered to work on a fundraiser for her children’s school, where her ideas helped raise the income above the previous year’s level. Although pleased with the results of her fundraising efforts, she quickly realized that the financial needs of the school went well beyond what they could raise at a Walk-A-Thon. The Issaquah School District had repeatedly failed to pass its bond & levy so Kelly became active in first supporting, and then co-chairing, the school bond & levy campaigns in her school district. Those campaigns were successful and brought much-needed funding to the district. In addition to fundraising, Kelly also served as the legislative representative for her PTA. As she became more familiar with the inner mysteries of the legislature, Kelly began to see that to really make a difference, education advocates need to speak directly to the state. Working through her local PTA, Kelly helped education advocates in her community to better understand education funding and to find their voices so they could be heard by their legislature.
Kelly’s work with the PTA on the local, district, and state level has been honored with several Golden Acorns and the rarely-awarded recognition as Outstanding Advocate in Washington State. Along the way, she also achieved the Crystal Level of Leadership in the Washington State PTA’s Leadership Academy. In her spare time, Kelly tap dances, and has belonged to a book club for over 14 years.
Angela Parker (Mandan, Hidatsa, Cree) joined LEV in Spring 2017. Before joining the staff as a Policy Analyst, she worked briefly at the University of Washington Tacoma in Native student support, and for a few years with the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe as Executive Director of Adult & Higher Education. Previous to her work for Muckleshoot, she was an Assistant Professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College, where she also had worked as an admissions officer before returning to school to earn her PhD. Her array of experiences in higher education illustrated to her the importance of working to ensure equity in education, so that access to quality education can work as a positive change agent for individuals, families, and communities.
Angela attained her BA in US History from Stanford University, and her MA/PhD in 20th Century US and Native American History from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (Go Blue!). She is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, and maintains ties with her father’s tribe on the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation in Montana. Angela spends most of her downtime with her partner Ty, playing Batman or Iron Man with her 5-year-old son Xaxi, or trying to corral him into (a) eating, (b) taking a bath, or (c) getting him to or from his Montessori preschool program. In any spare time, she reads or works on historical research projects of her own.
Senior Policy Analyst
Jake Vela’s strong desire to get involved in the civic process led him to work in the election cycle in Nevada. That adventure compelled him to work as a legislative assistant in the Nevada Legislature, where he focused on civic engagement and electoral issues. The strong civic culture and beautiful scenery of the Great Northwest managed to lure him away from Nevada. After settling in Seattle, Jake attended the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. Prior to joining the League of Education Voters, Jake worked with local nonprofits in strategic planning and working to develop policies to improve the quality of life of formerly homeless individuals in downtown Seattle.
Jake received his BA in political science and Spanish from the University of Nevada. He earned his master’s of public administration from the Evans School of Public Affairs with a focus on policy analysis and urban policy. When not in the office he can be found wandering the Cascades, enjoying Seattle’s parks, honing his skills as a home brewer, or watching terrible nineties action movies.
Director of Policy and Research
Julia joined League of Education Voters (LEV) in 2015. Prior to joining LEV, she worked as a Senior Research Analyst for the Washington State Board of Education, helped launch the Washington State Charter Schools Association, and worked in public policy consulting. Julia is committed to helping create a school system in which every student has access to an education that prepares and empowers.
Julia received her Bachelor’s in literature and government from Claremont McKenna College in Southern California and returned home to Seattle for her Master’s in Education from the University of Washington. When she’s not in the office, Julia enjoys playing in the mountains and spending time with her family.