Our Advocacy & Public Policy Committee members are nonprofit leaders who are committed to increasing awareness about stable, equitable funding so that all children and youth can have their holistic needs met. The committee guides our advocacy work and builds out our annual member-led advocacy agenda.

“That’s what YDEKC brings – a point of view that encourages all youth serving nonprofits to work together toward big picture, holistic outcomes.”
-YDEKC Member



Ranna Daud — Co-Chair (she/her) | Executive Director | After-School All-Stars Puget Sound

Anthony Austin — Co-Chair | Executive Director | Southeast Youth and Family Services

Richard Finley (he/him) | Intake & Referral Specialist | Boys and Girls Clubs of King County

David De la Fuente | Executive Director | Communities in Schools of Kent

Munira Mohamed (she/her) | Executive Director | East African Community Services

Paul Lwali (he/him) | Chief Executive Officer | Friends of Youth

Pedro Ciriano Perez (Pedro) | Executive Director | Geeking Out Kids of Color

Susan Brown (she/her) | Executive Director | Kids Co.

Lauren Frederick (she/her) | Public Policy and Advocacy Coordinator | The Mockingbird Society

David Beard (he/him) | Policy and Advocacy Director | School’s Out Washington

Steve Daschle (he/him) | Executive Director | Southwest Youth and Family Services

Melissa Pailthrop (she/her) | Executive Director | Team Read

Shalaya Menneh |          | YWCA


To learn more about advocacy committee contact Jessica Werner