Scott Caldwell, President
Head of Development Services (retired), Group Health
Scott led a great team of educators and consultant/coaches at Group Health in developing effective, ethical organizational leaders and building strong, healthy teams.
Earlier in his career, he helped found and manage Seattle’s first professional multi-cultural theater company—one of his proudest accomplishments. He values solving problems “upstream,” as close to the source as possible, working to prevent them rather than wait to solve them once they appear.
Sukhjit Dhaliwal, Vice President
Partnership Manager, Equal Opportunity Schools
Sukhi is an advocate for underserved communities. She believes that every student should have access to a high-quality education that prepares them for their future.
Following her ancestor’s footsteps, she is committed to seva (selfless service) in her community, which inspired her roles as once an AmeriCorps VISTA at School’s Out Washington, and now a Partnership Manager at Equal Opportunity Schools. As a Partnership Manager, Sukhi works with schools to ensure that students of color have access to academically rigorous programs and succeed at the highest levels.
Stephanie Thomsen, Treasurer
Prior to her current position, Stephanie worked as the Controller at EMP Museum in Seattle and for several public accounting firms on the west coast. Stephanie’s interests are driven by seeking ways to allow all children to have a chance at success. She appreciates the importance of intermediary organizations such as SOWA, which provide avenues and resources to allow for these opportunities to be disbursed to an exponentially larger group of children than what she could do on her own.
Ceil Erickson, Secretary
Director of Community Programs, Seattle Foundation
Ceil is responsible for managing grantmaking programs administered by the Seattle Foundation, one of the largest private funders of nonprofit organizations in King County. It funds broadly, seeking to build a healthy community where all residents thrive. Before joining the foundation, she worked as a Development Director for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and for Planned Parenthood. Ceil was introduced to SOWA in 1997 and is excited to serve on the board and support quality afterschool programs.
Partnership Director, Equal Opportunity Schools
Strategic Advisor, City of Seattle Parks and Recreation
Daisy brings over 25 years of experience working for the City of Seattle in youth development and out-of-schooltime programs. She has been a coach, external assessor, and trainer for School’s Out Washington and is excited to join the board, believing SOWA’s role as an intermediary inspires hope for future generations.
Migrant Education Program Support Specialist, Educational Service District 105
College and Career Access Specialist, Highline High School
A first-generation college graduate, Mauricio is passionate about increasing college and career access, especially among first generation students and historically underrepresented communities. His career has focused on youth development and college access through his work with Treehouse, Juma, the UW Dream Project, and now in his current role at Highline High School.
Mauricio brings a racial equity and youth empowerment lens to his work with students and advocating in education. Working directly with students and with partners in the community, he is excited about the opportunity to be a part of SOWA’s mission of strengthening the expanded learning field.
Yakima Programs Director, Act Six and Ready to Rise
Amber serves as the Yakima Programs Director for both the Act Six Leadership Initiative and Ready to Rise Program. She was featured in Yakima’s 39 under 39, speaking on her journey from Scholar to Director of the Act Six program. She was also named as one of the “100 changemakers” by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which recognizes young people who are working to make a difference in their community.
Outside her professional role, she volunteers her time with Yakima Valley Partners for Education and is part of the Rural Accelerator Cohort that supports Lower Yakima Valley schools and communities to improve educational outcomes for all youth. Amber is a woman of color who fights for racial equity and stands with students who come from similar backgrounds, including being a first-generation college student and growing up in a marginalized area.
Consultant, LEAD National Support Bureau
Jim spent 37 years in law enforcement and is passionate about working with communities and non-government organizations to reduce incarceration for drug crimes and reform drug policy. Jim has always had an interest in improving the opportunity for youth and young adults to succeed and SOWA is a tremendous organization that inspires him.
Director of Grants, Bezos Family Foundation
Jody helps advance the Bezos Family Foundation’s efforts to ensure all children and youth—birth through high school—have meaningful opportunities to develop their passion and purpose, reach their full potential, and contribute to their communities. In her previous role at the Raikes Foundation, she led a statewide effort to strengthen the quality of afterschool programs and support a national education strategy to build students’ academic mindsets.
SOWA was a key partner in developing and expanding Washington’s commitment to quality out-of-school time programs, and that partnership spurred Jody’s appreciation for SOWA’s role as a statewide intermediary. She is honored to now serve on SOWA’s board.
Opportunity Youth Director, Community Center for Education Results
Nicole’s current work focuses on building a coordinated regional strategy to reconnect 16- to 24-year-olds to education and career pathways. Prior to joining the Community Center for Education Results, Nicole worked in a variety of roles in the youth development field, most recently at the Forum for Youth Investment where she led work related to youth engagement, research-practice partnerships, and improving youth program quality.
Nicole is inspired by efforts to increase equitable access to informal learning environments and sees SOWA as a critical system builder.