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Saturday, May 4


Ask a Funder: Advice from Local and National Education Champions
Hear directly from a panel of local and national supporters of education and get your most burning fundraising questions answered at the Ask a Funder session. You will learn from funding leaders about how they approach philanthropy and funding, what a day in the life of a funder looks like, and what you can do to partner with mission-aligned supporters. Come with questions - we will be gathering audience queries via notecard during a Q+A portion of the session. (Please note, pitches of projects or programs are not appropriate for this session.)

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Elaine Chu

Philanthropic Advisor, Seattle Foundation
Elaine advises families and individuals on achieving their philanthropic goals by providing strategic consulting that enhances their giving and community impact.Elaine has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, with a particular focus in youth development and education... Read More →
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Telca Porras

Senior Program Officer, PNW, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Telca Karen Porras is a Senior Program Officer on the Pacific Northwest team and currently works to support the creation of high-quality public charter schools in Washington State. Telca has over 24 years of experience in the public education, not-for-profit, and philanthropic sectors... Read More →
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Amanda Sanchez

Director, Pacific Northwest Region, Raza Development Fund
Amanda Sanchez, Director of RDF’s Pacific Northwest Region, joined RDF in 2011 and in 2017, under her leadership, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, RDF opened its Pacific Northwest regional office, becoming one of the first CDFIs to provide charter school... Read More →
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Ian Connell

Principal, Charter School Growth Fund
Ian leads CSGF investment in next generation schools. Prior to joining CSGF, he was an associate for Techstars and Kapor Capital. At Kapor Capital, he focused on the education sector and provided strategic support for a competency-based education startup, UniversityNow. Ian also cofounded... Read More →
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Gillia Bakie

Director of Development, Washington State Charter Schools Association
Gillia works as WA Charters’ Director of Development. In her role, she directs all fundraising activities at the organization. Before WA Charters, Gillia worked at Washington STEM, where she held increasingly responsible fundraising roles specializing in institutional giving and... Read More →

Saturday May 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Crystal Ballroom B Hilton Seattle Airport & Convention Center, 17620 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA, 98188


Reflections from Charter School Founders
Thinking about starting a charter school? Hear from a panel of mission-driven leaders who took the leap and built a school from the ground up. The leaders featured in this session discuss their strategies for attaining excellent student outcomes, what they wish they had known, what life after charter founding is like, and their hopes for the Washington charter school sector. You don’t want to miss it!

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Amanda Gardner

Co-Founder, Catalyst Public Schools
Amanda is the co-founder of Catalyst Public Schools a new and innovative network of charter schools applying to launch in Kitsap County in the fall of 2020. Previously, Amanda was theVP, Schools at Innovate Public Schools. In this role Amanda founded Innovate's World-Class Schools... Read More →
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Steven Colmus

Assistant Principal, Highline Public Schools
In 2003, Steve Colmus opened KIPP TRUTH Academy in Dallas, TX with a 5th grade founding class (the Class of 2011). Over four years, the school grew to 5th through 8th grade and was consistently recognized for students’ academic achievement. The first class of KIPPsters includes... Read More →
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Julie Kennedy

Senior Dean, Academic Programs, Relay Graduate School of Education
Julie serves as the Superintendent for Green Dot Washington. In this role, Julie works closely with Green Dot Washington’s principals to execute on their visions for excellent schools. Julie believes passionately in building joyful schools that lead all students to high academic... Read More →
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Rekha Bhatt

Chief Program Officer, Washington State Charter Schools Association
Rekha serves as the Chief Program Officer at WA Charters. Rekha joined WA Charters in September 2014 leading our member services, school incubation and Strong Start program for newly operating schools. Prior to joining WA Charters, she was a founding Director of Curriculum and Instruction... Read More →

Saturday May 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Mercer A Hilton Seattle Airport & Convention Center, 17620 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA, 98188


Startup Vendor Partner Lightning Talks
Come learn about services and partners who can help you make your new school vision a reality. You’ll hear 10-minute lightning talks from back-office, banking, cleaning, database management, and instructional vendors. The talks will be followed by a networking period where you can ask questions and dig deeper into services, supports, and pricing.

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Leader in Me

Leader in Me is a K-12 whole-school improvement model and process being implemented by thousands of schools in over 50 countries worldwide. It serves as the foundational operating system for a school by creating an environment where existing programs and initiatives can thrive.
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The MAP Suite is an assessment system that’s all about measuring what matters—so you can support growth and skill mastery for every student. This collection of purpose built measures from NWEA® illuminates every student’s learning needs, helping teachers to target instruction... Read More →
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FarberWorks helps nonprofits and small businesses streamline and optimize financial and operations procedures.Founded in 2012 by Abby Farber, FarberWorks has helped many nonprofit organizations across the US improve the quality of their work and save money through eliminating time-consuming... Read More →
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Little Green Light

Little Green Light is a complete fundraising and donor management system designed to give nonprofits the confidence and ability to succeed. Affordably priced, Little Green Light delivers power & flexibility to grow with the changing needs of nonprofits everywhere. Join our growing... Read More →

Saturday May 4, 2019 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Crystal Ballroom C Hilton Seattle Airport & Convention Center, 17620 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA, 98188