Our Board

“YDEKC brings together organizations of all sizes that focus on positive youth development. I am committed to YDEKC because we support each other, collaborate and build the field of youth development to ensure all youth have diverse opportunities to develop their potential.”

 

Our Board members are nonprofit leaders who are dedicated to youth success and building the youth development field.


 

Deb Salls (Board Co-Chair) | Executive Director | Bike Works

“Together we will raise the expectations for youth success and fight for the resources to make success a reality for all youth. I am committed to YDEKC because of this great opportunity to make a real collective impact and I hope all the leaders of youth serving organizations will join and help us meet this challenge. Together we are stronger.” 


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Brianna Jackson (Board Co-Chair)| Executive Director |Launch

“The youth and families of our community deserve opportunity, access and a state whose policies are developed around ensuring the best outcomes for children. I deeply believe and have always felt that together we are much more able to make a difference than alone. And this is why I am excited about being a part of YDEKC’s work that brings together a community of people and organizations that want to work together for change.”


Evan McKittrick | Chief of Staff | Boys & Girls Club of King County

“We are fortunate to work for organizations youth choose to spend their time with. We are developing our next generation of leaders: the stakes are high and we have to work together!”

 


Rick Taylor | Executive Director | Camp Fire Central Puget Sound

“There are so many great youth service agencies in our community doing life-changing work. I believe our impact can be magnified exponentially by pooling our resources towards a set of common goals! “

 


Erin Lawrence Cook | Director of Impact | City Year

“YDEKC is uniquely positioned for leveraging the best our region has to offer in the field of youth development. There are so many excellent things happening locally that building our community to share best practices and to strengthen development opportunities for all those choosing this path as a career is our collective responsibility.”


Tracy Oster | Executive Director | Communities in Schools of Federal Way

“As youth serving organizations we know how important it is to establishing strong relationships. Establishing relationships with other organizations that are doing the same work of supporting our youth leads to better work and bigger impact. YDEKC rallies nonprofit organizations all working to a common goal – to make sure all kids in King County have what they need, as well as the opportunity, to be successful.” 


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Jennifer Tanaka | Executive Director | OneWorld Now!

“It is incredibly rewarding knowing that we come together under a shared goal of creating opportunities for all young people to develop to their full potential. As a diverse group of organizations, this joining of forces around positive aspirations for our youth and our future is an important step for King County.”


Willa Marth | VP of Education and Global Programs | Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest & Hawaiian Islands


Mahnaz Eshetu | Executive Director | Refugee Women’s Alliance


Elizabeth Whitford | Chief Executive Officer | School’s Out Washington 


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Kevin Wright | Executive Director | WSU Extension 4H

“YDEKC brings together organizations of all sizes that focus on positive youth development. I am committed to YDEKC because we support each other, collaborate and build the field of youth development to ensure all youth have diverse opportunities to develop their potential.”


Erica Mullen | Executive of Education Initiatives | YMCA