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

“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.”

-Kevin Wright, WSU Extension 4H 


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Jennifer Tanaka (Board Chair) | 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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Brianna Jackson (Board Chair Emerita) | 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.”


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Willa Marth (Incoming Board Chair) | VP of Education and Global Programs | Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest & Hawaiian Islands


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


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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!"


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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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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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Lupita Torrez | Executive Director | Para Los Niños


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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 


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Anthony Austin | Executive Director | Southeast Youth and Family Services


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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."


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Erica Mullen | Executive of Education Initiatives | YMCA