Leadership Accomplishments


Twice-elected president of the Seattle Education Association, the largest educators’ local in the Pacific Northwest. In 3 years transformed SEA from a union without vision or clout into one of the highest performing education locals in the state. Oversaw staff of 8. Managed $2.4 million annual budget. Demonstrated effective leadership with proven interpersonal skills and visionary strategic planning and execution experiences. Aligned strategic priorities with financial and human resources to transform organizational effectiveness in a dynamic and sensitive political environment.   

Organizational Overview
· Bringing SEA from the brink of insolvency to the strongest financial local in the state · Fostering a new climate in Seattle for re-envisioning public education · Positioning SEA as the go-to organization in Seattle for public education issues · Producing unprecedented levels of member engagement in 5600-member local · Building strong relationships with community partners · Bargaining a “third way” for student growth in teacher evaluation · Winning a strike that galvanized parents and educators to come together for public education · Maintaining strong relationships with district leadership through multiple superintendents and even through the strike · Demonstrating that through strong and purposeful leadership a local can be transformed into an effective, high-functioning entity

Areas of expertise
· Winning hearts and minds of peer leaders · Organizational vision and goal development · Organizational strategic planning · Project development, planning and implementation · Chairing union governance bodies and committees · Budget development and oversight · Directing implementation of union decisions  · Building consensus among divergent perspectives and interests · Negotiating innovative solutions · Finding ways to collaborate without capitulating  · Adapting to changing realities · State and municipal lobbying · Developing and maintaining relationships with political leaders · Community relations and public outreach  · Member communications · Message development · Public speaking; media spokesperson · Grant writing · Speech writing; editorial writing · French language fluency; Spanish language proficiency    

Related Activities
Presenter at 2016 NEA Leadership Summit about how to organize for a successful strike · Presenter at 2015 NEA Leadership Summit about how to make your local effective · Co-presenter with Linda Darling-Hammond at 2014 NEA Representative Assembly about Teaching and Learning issues in local union transformation · Presenter at 2013 NEA Representative Assembly about building local union power through leader identification · Presenter on leadership at 2014 Seattle Chamber of Commerce Conference  · Oversight Committee member of City of Seattle’s Families and Education Levy 2014-16 · Interview panel member for candidates for the city’s Director of the Department of Early Education and Learning 2015 · Member of City of Seattle’s working group for early childhood education initiative 2014-15 · Co-chair of Schools First levy campaign coalition 2013 & 2016 · President of the Board of the Sound Alliance for community organizing 2015-16 · Board member and trustee for the Martin Luther King, Jr. County Labor Council 2014-16 · Executive Committee member for Race to the Top grant 2013-15 · Steering Committee member for the Seattle Teacher Residency 2012-16 · Board member for Washington Education Association 2010-16 · Served on WEA Human and Civil Rights Committee 2015-16 · Served on WEA Change, Innovation, and Assessment Committee 2014-15 · Five-time delegate to the National Education Association Representative Assembly · Six-time delegate to the Washington Education Association Representative Assembly · Chaired SEA Budget and Finance Commission 2012-16 · Chaired SEA Contract Waiver Commission 2012-16 · SEA Grievance Review Commission 2010-16 · Logistical support liaison for French delegation to WTO protest in Seattle 1999