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


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Erica Mullen (Board Co-Chair) | Executive Director | The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas

"YDEKC plays an important role in strengthening and growing the Youth Development Field. By providing training, technical assistance, tools and resources and leading the way in advocacy, YDEKC has had a positive impact on organizations and on our work with young people."


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Pedro Perez (Board Co-Chair) | Executive Director | Geeking Out Kids of Color


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Mahnaz Eshetu (Treasurer) | Executive Director | Refugee Women's Alliance


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Brianna Jackson (Board Chair Emerita) | Executive Director | Launch

"YDEKC has been an incredible partner for myself and my organization! YDEKC has provided access to tools and resources that my team and I has utilized in our organizational practices. As an Executive Director, YDEKC has also created opportunities for me to be at tables of influence that are discussing key decisions in our city and our state that do and will impact the youth development field."


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Anthony Austin | Executive Director | Southeast Youth and Family Services


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Laurie Black | President & CEO | Boys & Girls Club of King County

"BGCKC is thrilled to be a member of YDECKC and their partner organizations supporting young people throughout King County. Our vision of what we hope that all young people can achieve and mission to serve youth are aligned. We look forward to continuing to work as a team to be the authority in youth development in our community."


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Jamila Coleman | Executive Director | You Grow Girl!


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Jaime Greene | Executive Director | Communities in Schools of Renton

"The strategic collaboration of YDEKC is important for me to invest my time in because by joining together, we can make even bigger strides in ensuring all youth have equal opportunities to reach their full potential."


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Angela Griffin | Chief Program Officer | Treehouse

"YDEKC consistently adds knowledge and resources to my toolkit as a transformational leader of youth engagement efforts at Treehouse. I believe any organization that is committed to ensuring their work, directly with or on behalf of youth, through a racial equity lens needs to be in partnership with YDEKC."


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Jolynn Kenney | Vice President of Programs | Big Brothers Big Sisters Puget Sound


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Risho Sapano | Executive Director | Mother Africa

"YDEKC brings different perspectives of leadership to impact youth development in King County. It is a pleasure being with a community who are authentically invested in learning about and addressing challenges the youth experience while exploring opportunities to support celebrate their growth."


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Willie Seals, III | CEO/Co-Founder | The Academy for Creating Excellence (ACE)

"Collaborating with YDEKC is a great opportunity to connect with other Youth Development agencies within King County to find better solutions to improving results for youth."


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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.”


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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! “


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Kate Tibone | Executive Director | Powerful Voices

"YDEKC provides a space to build partnerships between youth development organizations so that we can identify solutions and opportunities that better serve, support, and honor young people. The diversity of the organizations that come together under YDEKC gives me hope that we can promote youth ideas and innovation so that they can advance social change in our community."


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

"As YDEKC, we are able to achieve systematic changes on behalf of youth and youth development organizations in a way that none of us could achieve on our own. Through YDEKC I have found a community connected by shared values. I love the diversity of our membership, and the deep commitment to advancing equity through our own work, and through our collective action."


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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."