Meet the Teach For America Washington Advisory Board
Our regional advisory board provides strategic direction and support for our work in Washington state.
October 20, 2018
Executive Director, Green Dot
Board Chair, Teach For America Washington
As a resident of Southeast Seattle and former principal and teacher, Bree believes deeply in working with families and community to create schools that will realize their hopes and dreams for students. Most recently, Bree served as the Director of the Leadership Center at WA Charters, helping school leaders design new schools for Washington students. She also served as the Executive Director of Schools for Seattle Public Schools, overseeing its Southeast region of schools, and was a public charter school principal in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Bree has researched charter schools nationally with the University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education and started her career in education as a high school math teacher. Having worked in a variety of traditional and public charter schools where academically underserved students successfully find a path to college and beyond, she is excited to see what our students make possible in Washington State. Bree proudly serves on the boards of City Year Seattle-King County and Teach for America Washington.
When not working Bree loves live music, the outdoors, and a good book by the fire.
Tom Breen (Phoenix '94)
Partner, Schroeter, Goldmark and Bender
Tom Breen has been an education advocate, particularly for disadvantaged communities, since the early 1990s, when he worked as a Teach For America corps member in Phoenix, Arizona. There he taught middle school aged students in Spanish and English. Tom’s experience in education is varied: he lead a literacy academy for immigrant middle schoolers with no prior schooling; he was on the faculties at The University of San Francisco, La Universidad Europea de Madrid, and a community college, where he also developed workforce education programs and curriculum; and he also worked at an online education company during the dot-com days. Tom has lived and worked in Spain and Brazil. He previously was an advisory board member with Stand For Children’s Washington chapter.
Tom is a partner and trial lawyer with the Seattle law firm SGB. He represents plaintiffs facing catastrophic injuries, often against large corporations, frequently involving defective products, sexual assault, and nursing home neglect. He is a graduate of the University at Albany, Middlebury College, and The University of Texas School of Law.
Tom lives on Bainbridge Island with his wife Jennifer (also a TFA alumnus) and his four children.
Superintendent, Educational Service District 105
Kevin Chase is the superintendent of the Yakima-based Educational Service District 105, which assists in the programs of 25 public school districts and 23 private and tribal schools in south central Washington.
Kevin was raised in Sunnyside, where he graduated from high school, then obtained his B.S. degree in agriculture education from Washington State University, his master’s degree in education administration from Heritage College, and his superintendent’s certification from WSU.
He has served his entire career as an educator within Yakima County, beginning as a 7th-12th grade vocational agriculture teacher in Granger (1985-1990) and at Mabton (1990-1994). Afterwards, he moved into administration as vice principal at Sunnyside High School (1994-1997) and then assistant superintendent at Mabton (1997-1998). At the time of his appointment as ESD 105 superintendent in 2016, Kevin had been the longest tenured school district superintendent in the region, having led the Mabton School District during 1998-2004 and then the Grandview School District during 2004-2016, for a total of 12 years.
He and his wife Leslie are the parents of two daughters. Kevin’s hobbies include barbecuing and attending music concerts.
Lizeth Chiprez (Rio Grande Valley '10)
Senior Strategy Consultant, Accenture
Lizeth grew up in Sunnyside in Washington State’s Yakima Valley. Her family immigrated there to do agricultural work like many other families in the Yakima Valley. She graduated from high school there during a time when nearly half of the students were not making it to graduation. She’s encouraged by the progress that schools in the region have made since then and is committed to working for more improvement and an equitable education system in the Yakima Valley and Washington.
Lizeth is currently a business strategy consultant for Accenture Strategy in San Francisco. Prior to this, she worked in talent acquisition and technology consulting at Education Pioneers, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Reasoning Mind. Lizeth began her work in education as a Teach for America high school math teacher at IDEA Public Schools in the Texas Rio Grande Valley.
As a first-generation college student, Lizeth graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies. Lizeth also earned her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Lizeth’s parents and four siblings currently live in the Yakima Valley.
Attorney, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt P.C.
Omar is an attorney at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt P.C. where his practice focuses mainly on advising social impact ventures and advising clients engaged in domestic and international corporate transactions. His passion for education was instilled in him at an early age through the example of the educators in his family: his great-grandfather, grandmother, mother, and aunt were all teachers in the Dominican Republic, Omar’s native country. From his family members’ leadership within the island’s educational community and their committed dedication to the betterment of others’ quality of life, Omar learned that positive personal and societal change can occur when compassionate mentoring is paired with a tireless focus on pushing beyond the perceived limits in one’s capabilities.
Prior to receiving his law degree from the University of Washington, Omar attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He received his bachelors of arts in economics with a minor in political science from Rutgers in 2010. After graduating from Rutgers and before attending law school, Omar worked at the Bureau of Labor Statistics in New York City, led a family-owned and operated commercial insurance brokerage, and interned for a member of the House of Representatives. In addition to his involvement on the TFA-WA board, Omar is also Co-Director for Fundraising at Minds Matter Seattle, a volunteer-led non-profit organization mission-focused on transforming the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college.
In his spare time, Omar enjoys dinners at Cascina Spinasse, long urban hikes through Seattle, and practicing Tom Misch songs on the drums.
Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Heritage University
Suzy Diaz is the director of corporate and foundation relations at Heritage University. She as over 20 years of experience in fields connected to health care, social services, and academia including philanthropy. She has worked in urban and rural settings as well as public and private sectors.
Suzy earned an MBA with a concentration in health services management from Golden Gate University and a BS in psychology with minors in alcohol and drug studies including comparative american cultures from WSU-Pullman. Suzy is passionate about social determinants of health, trauma-informed and community building practices.
She is a member of the Greater Columbia Accountable Communities of Health since 2015, and volunteers for various events and organizations in her community. A transplant of California with roots in Oaxaca, Mexico she resides in Yakima with her family.
Vice President of Private Wealth Management, Goldman Sachs & Co
Larry provides financial advice, education and investment management expertise to high net worth family groups, tribal governments, endowments, and foundations across the U.S. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Larry established and managed a global government relations team at Hewlett-Packard. While at HP, he served as an advisor to the company’s CEO and executive council on tax and technology policy issues in the U.S. and emerging markets.
Larry received an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and graduated from Stanford University with a concentration in behavioral economics.
Larry served on the corporate advisory board for the World Economic Forum and was a member of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s (SIFMA) retirement and savings committee. Larry currently serves as a board member for Russell & Ciara Wilson’s Why Not You Foundation, the Seattle Symphony, 5th Avenue Theatre, Cascade Public Media, and IslandWood.
Jennifer Guerrero Flood has been a lifelong advocate for educational equity and currently leads her own consulting practice working with foundations, districts, and non-profit organizations to increase their impact. Jennifer grew up in California’s Bay Area where she also began her career as a 1997 corps member and bilingual third grade teacher in East Palo Alto. Her experience in education includes teaching in Chile and Stockholm, managing Title I and early childhood programs at the U.S. Department of Education, and serving as Executive Director of a non-profit supporting Ugandan schools during the country’s transition to universal primary education.
A first-generation college graduate, Jennifer received her BA in Political Science and Psychology from UCLA, and an Ed.M. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University. Jennifer and her husband have three children who are currently in middle and high school. In their free time they enjoy backpacking in the Pacific Northwest, cooking and eating delicious food, and traveling as often as possible.
Social Entrepreneur and Retired CEO
Marguerite Kondracke has had a 40-year career working in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, with a focus on education, children and families. She has a special passion for addressing the needs of disadvantaged children. Marguerite most recently retired as CEO of America’s Promise, (founded by Colin Powell), whose work centers on a national campaign to end the high- school dropout crisis.
Marguerite also co-founded Bright Horizons, which has over 1000 workplace child care centers today. In the public sector, Marguerite served as Commissioner of Human Services in Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander’s cabinet, and later in the U.S. Senate, as Staff Director for the Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families.
Marguerite is a graduate of Duke University and served twelve years on their Board of Trustees. In addition, she has been a member of the boards of five private and four public companies, as well as several non- profits, including IslandWood, where she currently serves as board chair. She also was a member of the advisory board for UW’s Institute for Learning and Brain Science.
Marguerite and her husband, award-winning political journalist Morton Kondracke, live on Bainbridge Island and most enjoy spending time with their five grandchildren.
Former CEO, Drugstore.com
Dawn Lepore is the former CEO and Chairman of the Board of drugstore.com, inc., a leading online retailer of health, beauty, and wellness products, which she led from 2004 until the successful sale to Walgreens in 2011. During her tenure, Dawn repositioned the company to focus on the over-the-counter, beauty, and vision businesses and led the company to record revenues, adjusted EBITDA, and free cash flow. drugstore.com operated a wide variety of sites, including drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com, AtHisBest.com, TheNaturalStore.com, and VisionDirect.com. In addition, drugstore operated private label sites for Luxottica Retail North America Inc. and Medco CHP, LLC.
Prior to joining drugstore.com, Dawn held leadership positions at The Charles Schwab Company where she played a key role launching, and then building Schwab's highly successful e-commerce business. In her 21 years with Schwab, she held a wide variety of roles and responsibilities. She served as vice chairman of technology, operations, administration, strategy and active trader, was chief information officer, a member of Schwab's Executive Committee and a trustee of SchwabFunds.
Currently Dawn serves on the boards of loanDepot, RealNetworks, Accolade and Servco Pacific Inc. She previously served on the boards of eBay, Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., TJX, AOL, Quotient, and The New York Times Company. Dawn has been honored by Fortune Magazine four times as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in American Business, by the National Organization for Women at their Aiming High Conference, was named one of InformationWeek's Chiefs of the Year, and was listed as one of the Ten Hottest CIOs by Future Banker Magazine. She is one of fourteen Renaissance CIOs selected in 2008 for their major and enduring contributions to their companies and their industries. Dawn graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Kimberly Mitchell (Los Angeles ’91)
Co-Founder, Inquiry Partners
Kimberly is an international speaker, writer, and presenter on personalization, deeper learning, and inquiry-based instruction. She is the co-founder of Inquiry Partners a professional learning organization. Kimberly also teaches at the University of Washington’s College of Education and is a proud Seattle native and TFA alum.
Kimberly started her career as an elementary and middle school teacher (Los Angeles, CA and Quito, Ecuador), a high school vice principal (Seattle, WA) and an elementary principal (Athens, Greece). Kimberly joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a Senior Program Officer, later serving as Director of Partner Engagement at Teach for All in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She chairs the UW College of Education’s Ambassador Board and was chair of the International Baccalaureate Americas Board for six years.
Kimberly received her BA in History from Skidmore College and her MA in Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University. She and her husband (a middle school teacher, also from Seattle) have two children. Together, they spend a lot of time on ferries.
Managing Broker, Avenue Properties
Michael Orbino is a Managing Broker with Avenue Properties in Downtown Bellevue. Michael brings over 16 years of real estate sales, marketing and consulting experience to every client relationship. He holds numerous REALTOR designations including Council of Residential Specialists, Accredited Buyers Representative and Graduate Realtor Institute. He was recognized as the 2015 REALTOR of the year by Seattle King County Realtors which is the highest honor they can bestow on only one of over 6,000 members. Real estate specialization areas include land development, pro-forma analysis, marketing plans, and sales team training. Client profiles include builders, developers, and investors as well as individuals and families at every economic level seeking holistic representation and assistance for long term or complex real estate needs.
Industry leadership includes 2017 SKCR Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Young Professionals Network Founding Chairman, and Federal Political Coordinator for the National Association of Realtors. Michael is also passionate about community and philanthropic involvement. He currently serves on the boards of the YMCA of Greater Seattle, Teach for America, and the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Coalition. Individually he works to inspire and encourage young men who may be experiencing temporary challenges through his mentor role in the Bellevue School District’s VIBES program.
Michael’s proudest role is maintaining the rank of Sergeant after serving 6 years in the United States Army Reserve with one year of active duty mobilization to support Operations Noble Eagle and Iraqi Freedom. His mission in the Finance Corps was maintaining solider readiness for overseas wartime deployments. The respect and awe for individuals who give up everything on a moment’s notice to serve our county and the humbling responsibility to make sure they don’t have to worry about their family’s finances while in harm’s way is something that will stay with Michael forever.
On a personal level, Michael enjoys spending his free time with family and friends. Hobbies include skiing, boating, reading, traveling, and intense conversations. Recent trips include India, Italy, Switzerland, French Polynesia, and Nicaragua with plans to visit Japan, Korea, or China soon.
Srilakshmi (Sri) Remala
General Manager/Head of Attain Product
Srilakshmi (Sri) Remala is a seasoned technology professional who is motivated to build and design products that fit the needs of students and teachers in the education sector. Her focus on raising education outcomes for underserved and minority communities has fueled her work for the last decade. In Spring 2018 Sri is excited to start a new role as the General Manager/Head of Attain Product, a new edtech venture focused on helping first generation college going students track their goals towards a degree or credential.
While Sri was always passionate about social equity, there was a single day in 2008 as a part of Leadership tomorrow where she saw the striking difference between a resource rich and a resource poor high school in our region. Since that day she has since steeped herself in equity issues in the education community. She began this journey, active board member of Powerful Schools, a community-based organization that serves to reduce the achievement gap in high needs elementary schools through literacy arts and after-school programs.
In 2010 she left her management consulting career to focus on the local work at systems change non-profits such The Roadmap for Education Results and Washington STEM. Most recently; she has been in the edtech sector at companies such as AgileMind and DreamBox Learning to design and develop product features that help educators improve the content knowledge and help them improve their instructional practices.
In her free time, Sri is an avid outdoors woman and loves spending time outdoors with her husband and two young boys.
Zoë Stemm-Calderon (Houston '00)
Director, Education, Raikes Foundation
Zoë joined the Raikes Foundation in 2015 to lead its education strategy. Before joining the foundation, Zoë served as a resident at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation while completing her doctorate in education leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She wrote her dissertation on philanthropic strategy for incubating and scaling personalized learning. Previously, Zoë was assistant superintendent of professional support and development at Houston Independent School District (ISD). Prior to her work in Houston ISD, Zoë was a senior leader at Teach for America, where she spent her 10-year tenure focused on advancing the organization's approach to teacher, coach and manager development.
Zoë began her career as an elementary school teacher in Houston. In addition to her doctorate from Harvard, Zoë earned a bachelor's degree in international studies from the University of Washington
Owner, Station 7
Danielle is the owner of Station 7, a Capitol Hill boutique with a focus on locally made goods and art, furniture, and community engagement. She also serves as a trustee of the Museum of Flight, President of the Washington Aerospace Scholars Foundation, and Vice-Chair of the board of Lake Washington Girls' Middle School in the Central District.
Danielle’s career working in youth-serving organizations spans over 25 years and includes board or leadership positions with The Joshua P Williams Foundation, Issaquah Schools Foundation, Issaquah District PTSA, and Friends of Youth. She is specifically interested in educational opportunities for youth and programs benefiting underserved youth and families.
Danielle is a proud graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and has a background in public accounting. She and her husband Brad have three grown daughters: Lauren, Jacquie (Colorado Corps '12), and Maria. She enjoys spending time with them traveling, hiking and urban exploring.
Greg Wong (Greater Delta '99)
Partner, Pacifica Law Group, LLP
Greg Wong serves as legal counsel to a diverse group of public, private, and not for profit clients. Greg is a successful litigator and appellate attorney who also provides strategic legal advice in numerous areas, including education policy and laws, elections and campaign finance issues, constitutional law, legislation and public policy, and private-public partnerships. Among other matters, he has assisted the City of Seattle with its universal preschool program, drafted and defended an array of progressive statewide ballot measures (such as statewide minimum wage and gun violence prevention laws), and advised collective impact coalitions involving school districts and non-profits working together to improve educational outcomes.
Greg's community work includes serving as the Board Vice-President for the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, as a City Council appointee to Seattle’s Families & Education Levy Oversight Committee, and as Immediate Past President of the Schools First Coalition, where he led the successful 2013 and 2016 Seattle School District levies campaigns. Previously, he served as president of his children’s PTA and as a Board Member of the Municipal League of King County.
Before becoming an attorney, Greg taught eighth grade science in the Mississippi Delta as a 1999 Corps Member and was a Recruitment Director for Teach For America out of New York City. He also coordinated a tutoring center for immigrant children living in Seattle’s public housing. Greg’s wife Louise is a 1999 New York City Teach For America alum and their three wonderful children attend Seattle Public Schools.