Board of Directors
Anh M. Nguyen, President, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Senior Program Officer
Anh joined the Powerful Schools’ Board in 2010. Anh volunteers for Powerful Schools because the organization actively and effectively partners with schools, families, and children to create and sustain positive experiences that will give children the opportunity to develop self-confidence, express themselves, and learn the skills that enable lifelong success.
As an elementary school student, Anh remembers fifth grade as her favorite time because of the experiences she had cooking in Home Economics class, making crafts in sewing class and playing math games on the computer.
Allegra Calder, BERK, Public Policy Consultant
Allegra began volunteering for the Powerful Schools’ Board in 2011 after learning about the organization and its inspirational mission. She believes the organization has a tremendous impact because its programming focuses on results, but not at the expense of fun and creativity. She appreciates that Powerful Schools fosters confidence and curiosity in students to promote a lifelong love of learning.
As an elementary student, Allegra was very intrigued by science and wanted to be an astronaut and later a chemist.
Marisela Cerda, Microsoft, Business Manager
Marisela joined the Powerful Schools’ Board in 2008. Marisela appreciates that Powerful Schools partners with the community, school district and schools to provide funding for services that are not covered through state and federal funding. She believes these services are important because they have a large impact on the quality of teachers, student experience and school.
While a grade school student, Marisela imagined herself as a teacher, a business woman, and a great speaker who stood up for people and social justice.
Allison Davis, GMMB, Senior Vice President
Allison began volunteering on the Powerful Schools’ Board in 2011. Allison has a passion for making the world a better place and appreciates that the Powerful Schools’ mission supports the same ideals.
In elementary school, Allison hoped to become a veterinarian or a scientist. Currently the Senior Vice President at GMMB, Allison now concentrates on strategic communication and issues-based advocacy.
Anne Delaney, JPMorgan Chase, Investor
Anne has been a part of the Powerful Schools’ Board since 2011. Anne appreciates the positive impact Powerful Schools has on the community, as well as its commitment to public schools in the Seattle area.
As an elementary student, Anne loved to explore her creativity in science and arts and craft projects, especially the ones she remembers from second grade.
Marita Grunfeld, Certified Teacher
Marita joined the Powerful Schools’ Board in 2012. As a classroom teacher, Marita knows first-hand the obstacles public education faces in trying to bridge the achievement gap and has become passionate about the power of arts as a means to engage, empower, and anchor authentic learning. She began volunteering for Powerful Schools because of the organization’s long standing legacy, noble vision and impressive outcomes.
As an elementary student, Marita most enjoyed her sixth grade class because her teacher was dedicated to bringing learning to life, much like she believes Powerful Schools is doing in classrooms today.
Jennifer Hare, JPMorgan Chase, Senior Vice President
Jennifer joined the Powerful Schools Board in 2012. She sees tremendous value in Powerful Schools’ ability to increase a child’s access to enriching programs and positive engagement. She volunteers because she believes that Powerful Schools facilitates a diverse range of programs that promote acadmic and social achievement for students in AND out of the classroom, cultivating great confidence.
In elementary school, Jennifer dreamed of being a teacher and spent countless hours playing “classroom” with her younger siblings. She fondly remembers her very creative 3rd grade teacher who taught her about personal goals and winning relay races on Field Day.
Christy Johnson, A Place for Mom, VP of Operations and Business Development
Christy joined the Powerful Schools’ Board in 2009. She became involved in Powerful Schools because she believes that children are our future and all deserve the same opportunities, regardless of the situation they were born into.
In grade school, Christy’s dream was to become a teacher, doctor or mother. A lover of education, Christy’s favorite grade in elementary school was second, because she could go to the library and pick out as many books as she wanted!
Srilakshmi Remala Kamdar, Washington STEM, Director of Technology and Digital Strategy
Srilakshmi began volunteering on the Powerful Schools’ Board in 2009. She is passionate about education and believes that all kids, regardless of race or socio-economic class, should have access to quality education.
In grade school, Srilakshmi wanted to be a biologist when she grew up because she really enjoyed her science classes.
Brian Robinson, Market Street Investment Group, Real Estate Investor
Brian began volunteering on the Powerful Schools’ Board in 2012. Brian believes working with children is the most important and rewarding thing we can do as a community and enjoys volunteering for Powerful Schools because it works directly with children to help them succeed.
During grade school, Brian most enjoyed second grade because he remembers all of the friendships he made with the other kids in his neighborhood. During this time, Brian also hoped to someday become a writer and travel the world. Now a parent, Brian says whenever he asks his kids what they want to be when they grow up, they always say “kids,” and he wonders how he never thought of that!
Kamala Saxton, Marination, Co-Owner
Kamala joined the Powerful Schools’ Board in 2011. She got involved with Powerful Schools because she wanted to be a part of an organization that helps families, schools, and kids academically thrive.
As a grade school student, Kamala was (and still is!) a
self-proclaimed sports junkie. Her dream job was to be the head of the International Olympic Committee and not surprisingly enjoyed third grade the most because her class finally got an extended recess.