Emily Parker, President

Emily Parker has over 25 years of experience in strategy and philanthropy. She spent nearly 14 years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in a variety of roles, most recently as the Chief of Staff to the CEO and Director of her office. She has also worked at the Washington Women’s Foundation and the Boston Consulting Group, and served on the Advisory Board of UW's Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. Emily earned a B.A. in Human Biology and an MBA, both from Stanford University. She has a passion for strategy, building strong organizations and teams, and addressing issues of inequity. Her son and daughter are members of the Classes of ‘23 and ‘25.

Ian Blaine, Vice President

Ian Blaine is an entrepreneur who has both founded and grown multiple technology companies. His current role is co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer for Wicket Labs, a software company focused on the intersection of big data and television. He was formerly CEO of thePlatform, a software company focused on online video. In addition, he has held senior roles at Adobe, Comcast, NBC Universal, and currently, he acts as a startup advisor. His two sons are members of the Classes of ‘20 and ‘22.

Felecia Job, Secretary

Felecia Job is a health coach and nutrition counselor. Previously, she worked at Microsoft in marketing, program development, and sales positions. She has been involved in the non-profit and education sector for fifteen years, from chairing committees, serving as a trustee at Bertschi School, and heading the neighborhood public elementary school non-closure campaign for four consecutive years. She and her husband, Lionel, have three alumni children: Christophe ’11, Nina ’14, and Sebastian ’18.

Dan Raymond, Treasurer

Dan is both CFO and treasurer of Gary Merlino Construction Company in Seattle. He has been with the company for nearly 21 years. He attended Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, earning degrees in Accounting and Finance, and in 2000, obtained his CPA. He has served on the board for the Puget Sound Chapter CFMA for four years, including one year as president; the board of PEPS for three years, including two years as treasurer; and, most recently, on the board for The Meridian School, including two years as treasurer. Dan is a Seattle native and lives in Wallingford with his wife, Emily, and daughters Sophie ’21 and Ella ’22.

Kim Armstrong

Kim Armstrong is a co-founder of Space Between, a non-profit which brings mindfulness practices, breathing, and intentional movement to students, teachers and school communities as a way to reduce stress and anxiety and improve well-being. She previously co-directed the non-profit Washington Green Schools and currently serves on their program committee. Kim has founded other businesses and worked for various management consulting firms and banks including Andersen Consulting, Arthur D. Little, and Bankers Trust. Kim holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and an M.B.A. from New York University. Kim also holds a M.A. in Child and Adolescent Psychology at the University of Washington. She has two children who attend The Northwest School in the Classes of ’21, and ’24 and one alumna in the Class of '19.

​Ann Bradford

Ann Bradford is president of Lyric, Inc., a strategy and brand development consultancy she founded in 2005. Her work for global companies and non-profits has taken her to Africa, Europe, Asia, and South America. She advocates for youth empowerment and arts education through service on local non-profit boards, including Rain City Rock Camp for Girls and Gage Academy of Art. Her daughters attend The Northwest School in the Class and ’21 and another daughter graduated with the Class of '19..

Alan Caplan

Bio coming soon.

​Jan Chow

Jan Chow is an account manager with Ravenna Solutions, an online admissions-based software solution. She received her M.B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago and is a former trustee of both the Epiphany School and Children’s Trust Foundation. Her older daughter is an alumna of the Class of ’13, and her younger daughter is a member of the Class of ’20.

Lesli Franklin

Lesli Franklin is the Assistant Director of Central Branch Preschool, which was founded in 1968 with a commitment to racial and economic equity. She has been an educator in the Seattle area for nearly 20 years, serving as a teacher, mentor, and administrator. She is a current trustee of Bertschi School, where she has also served on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee for the past 10 years. Her daughter is a member of the Class of '19, and her son is a member of the Class of '23.

Ragu-Jara (Juge) Gregg

Bio coming soon.

​Sally Ketcham

Sally Ketcham is visual artist and graphic designer. She received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts, and has held a variety of positions in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. Sally serves on the boards of Arts Corps and Gallery 110, and has volunteered with a number of arts education and social justice organizations, including Social Justice Fund Northwest and Washington Women’s Foundation. Her daughter and son are members of the Class of '18.

Dwayne King

Bio coming soon.

Jerry Large

Jerry Large is a journalist who retired in spring of 2018 after writing a column in The Seattle Times for 25 years. Prior to that, he held a number of editing positions at The Times and worked for newspapers in New Mexico, Texas and California. He holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from New Mexico State University, and was a J.S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University. He's doing some other writing and will teach a winter quarter class for the University of Washington Department of Communication. His son Tao is a Northwest School graduate, class of 2010.

​Lynda Lopez '01

Lynda Lopez is a life design consultant and helps people create spaces that align with their life goals. She earned a Masters degree in Human Geography at the University of Washington and, prior to that, worked in national policy strategy on Hurricane Katrina recovery and healthcare reform in New York City and the U.S. deep South. She is an alumna of Tufts University and The Northwest School (Class of ‘01).

John B. Lynch

John is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington and is an Associate Medical Director at Harborview Medical Center where he leads the hospital’s Infection Prevention & Control, Employee Health, Antimicrobial Stewardship, and Sepsis Programs and provides care for people with infectious diseases. John is an active researcher and teacher, with CDC-funded implementation projects in Kenya and a tele-mentoring program for community, rural, and critical-access hospitals across the western U.S. Starting in January 2020, John has been the clinical lead for UW Medicine’s COVID response and has been active at the state and national level as part of the pandemic. He received his M.D. (’02) and MPH (’10) from the University of Washington. John and his wife Chris have two daughters in the Classes of ’25 and ‘27

Julie Lyss

Bio coming soon.

​Mark Malamud

Mark Malamud is co-founder and consulting inventor at Raxacoricofallapatorius, and principal and manager of Busymonster, LLC, a consultancy company focused on advanced user interface and design. During his ten-year tenure at Microsoft, Mark became the company’s first user interface architect, leading design teams in the Advanced Windows, Consumer, Systems, and Research groups. Mark studied at Brown University where he received his bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Morva McDonald

Morva is the Head of School of the Giddens School, a preschool through 5th grade independent school in Seattle committed to teaching and learning for justice. Previously, Morva was a tenured faculty member in the College of Education at the University of Washington. She holds a doctorate in Administration and Policy from the Stanford School of Education. Her son is a member of the class of '22.

Val Nelson

Val began his professional career as a high school math and science teacher and, after a brief stint in the classroom, he joined a software development company that specialized in school administrative computing services. In early 2000, he founded the consulting firm VNA Solutions to help schools utilize administrative software. The company grew from a single consultant to a firm with over a dozen experienced consultants. Val and his colleagues specialize in helping schools use computer systems to track student demographic, achievement, and behavior information. Val has two daughters and alumna in the Class of ’18 and a member of the Class of ’22.

Gwendolyn Payton

Gwendolyn Payton is a partner in the Kilpatrick Townsend law firm in Seattle. She focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, class actions, health care, and antitrust and trade litigation. She has an active trial practice in state and federal courts, and regularly argues appeals in state and federal courts. Forty percent of Gwendolyn’s practice is pro bono representing indigents facing execution of death row. From 2012 to 2018, she has been recognized as one of top 250 women in litigation by Benchmark Litigation and as a Super Lawyer by Washington Super Lawyers. Gwendolyn has two children at The Northwest School in the Class of ’22 and Class of ’24.

​Tina Ragen

Tina Ragen is currently in property development and management. Previously, she was a systems analyst for a manufacturing company. She has served on the UW Sociology advisory board and is currently a member of the UW Honors Program advisory board. Her son is an alumnus from the Class of ’18.

Cynthia Tee

Cynthia has over 20 years of product management leadership in the tech industry. She combines her passion for building software with championing diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. Cynthia is the Vice President of Technology, Commerce at Nordstrom. Before this, Cynthia was Executive Director of Ada Developers Academy. As Partner Group Program Manager at Microsoft for several years, she drove the product roadmap for several consumer and developer facing products. She advises for the Women in Tech Regatta and facilitates the Ally Skills Workshop on behalf of Ada and DiverseCity LLC. Cynthia has a daughter in the Class of ’22 and a son in the Class of ’24.

Jonathan Warren, Community Trustee

Jonathan Warren is from St. Johns, Michigan. He has an BA in German and Psychology from Michigan State University and an MA/PhD in Sociology from UC Berkeley. Currently he is a Professor of International Studies and Director of the Center for Brazilian Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. He publishes and teaches in the areas of critical race, Indigenous, political ecology, development and cultural studies. His books and documentary films include Just Black? Multiracial Identities in the USRacial Revolutions: Antiracism and Indigenous Resurgence in BrazilCultures of Development: Vietnam, Brazil and the Unsung Vanguard of Prosperity, and From the Bottom Up

Lowell Weiss

Bio coming soon.

Gladys Ly-Au Young

Gladys has over 25 years of experience in architecture and is a founding partner of Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects. Rooted in providing good design for all and an equitable future for people and planet, Gladys instills in her practice the vision to work together with communities to create socially responsible architecture. She holds both an M.S. in Sustainable Design from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Washington State University. She has served on the boards of AIA Seattle, Design in Public, and The Northwest School Facilities Committee. She speaks nationally on issues of health equity, sustainable design, and equitable development. Gladys’ youngest child is a member of the Class of ’24.

Mahtab Mahmoodzadeh, Community Trustee

Bio coming soon.