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Anne Powell Arias | Partnerships & Professional Learning Manager

Anne Powell Arias (she/her) has roots deeply embedded in youth development, starting as a volunteer at the YWCA Family Village in 1997. For more than a decade, she built and managed programs and teams for organizations including the YMCA of Greater Seattle and Good Shepherd Services in New York City. She is passionate about working with youth of all ages from a strengths-based perspective, creating innovative school-community partnerships and programs, and developing leadership within the field of youth development and education. In addition to being YDEKC’s Project Manager, Anne is a leadership consultant, trainer, and coach, serving primarily non-profits and educational institutions. She served as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs with the Coro New York Leadership Center and is a proud graduate of Occidental College.


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Doria Nelson | Database and Administrative Coordinator

Doria Nelson (she/her) graduated from University of Washington with a Bachelor’s in International Studies in 2019. She previously worked in fundraising and marketing at a youth development non-profit in the Seattle area. She believes strongly in increasing access to the outdoors for all children and families. She believes that outdoor education should be available to everyone so that all families can confidently explore the beautiful nature of the Pacific Northwest and benefit from the social-emotional learning that comes with being outside. Doria is a Seattle Public Schools graduate.


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Jessica Paul Werner | Executive Director

Jessica Paul Werner (she/her) has led Youth Development Executives of King County (YDEKC) since its inception in 2011, building the coalition of more than 100 executive leaders of youth serving organizations and establishing YDEKC as a thought leader in the fields of youth development, social emotional learning and collective impact. Jessica has nearly two decades of experience in advancing the youth development field, with a focus on ensuring that we are creating more equitable environments for our kids, and also for the adults that support them. Jessica built her interest and expertise in positive youth development theory and practice over the course of nine years supporting youth programming for the YMCA of Greater Seattle, following the completion of her MPA at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance in 2002 with a focus on non-profit management. Jessica is a proud graduate of Seattle Public Schools, Occidental College (American Studies major), and two years of service as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member in Sitka, Alaska and Portland, Maine. Jessica is a member of the Tlingit-Haida Nation, and now lives with her family in Shoreline, Washington.