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Jen Davis Wickens

Chief Executive Officer

Jen's experience in public education is vast, including successfully co-leading the launch of nine new public schools for low income families across the country. Prior to co-founding IPS, Jen was the Chief Regional Officer for Summit Public Schools, co-founded the Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) and served as the Vice President of Teaching & Learning for Envision Schools. She has consulted for charter schools and districts throughout the country, including Seattle Public Schools where she led principal professional development. She was the Founding Principal of Impact Academy, an Envision charter high school in Hayward, CA, which continues to be one of the highest performing schools for low-income students of color in the Bay Area. Prior to this, Jen was a teacher leader in Seattle Public Schools and Highline. Jen graduated from Willamette University, holds a Master's degree in education from Seattle University, completed her administrative training through New Leaders for New Schools and was selected as a Stanford Principal Fellow. Jen loves to spend time on outdoor adventures in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two daughters, and black lab.

“Impact’s leaders have a relentless commitment to closing the opportunity gap and a proven track record that shows it can be done. ”
Shirline Wilson
Executive Director of Democrats for Education Reform

Board of Directors

Dawn Chirwa

Dawn focuses on a wide range of strategic advisory work including business model development, sustainability planning and strategic human capital development. Like other TGP colleagues, Dawn facilitates organization and collaborative group efforts and initiatives. Dawn’s 2014 clients include: The Pacific Hospital Preservation and Development Authority, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation and the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association. She has been excited to be able to bring her talents to the vital work of this diverse group of mission-driven organizations working to make life better for their communities and for vulnerable populations.

She brings over 20 years of expertise across the policy, corporate and philanthropic sectors. Prior to joining The Giving Practice, Dawn was chief of staff in the U.S. Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she helped develop education strategies and led critical implementation initiatives. Dawn also served as chief of staff to Goldman Sachs’ president and COO and helped build a Goldman Sachs capital markets public policy group. Dawn spent five years in the Clinton White House as an associate counsel, where she was responsible for a wide range of legal issues spanning civil rights, general public policy and regulatory matters. Dawn has also worked as an attorney advisor in the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Legal Advisor, and began her career in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Arnold & Porter.

Anthony Byrd

Dr. Byrd has worked in Washington public schools since 2002 as a teacher, principal and central office leader. He entered the education sector as a Teach For America corps member in 1993, and his experience as a bilingual sixth grade teacher in a low-income school in Pasadena, California prompted him to pursue advanced degrees in education policy and education administration at Stanford University and to dedicate his life to public education. He served 11 years as a principal and assistant superintendent at Edmonds Public Schools, and completed his third year as associate superintendent of curriculum, assessment and special programs at Everett Public Schools before taking the role of Executive Director for TFA's Washington region in July 2016. He has a doctoral degree from University of Washington’s Leadership for Learning Program and he has served as an adjunct lecturer at UW’s Leadership Development for Educators Program (current) and at Western Washington’s Principal Certification Program (2007-2012). He is a devoted husband and father of two beautiful daughters and in his spare time is a marathon runner.

Micaela Razo

For over 14 years, Micaela has been actively engaged in supporting public education in the Yakima Valley and across the state both as a consultant and as a volunteer. Influencing positive change in Washington and developing civic leaders in local communities is her life’s passion. She has worked closely with the legislature to improve education, community engagement, and Hispanic representation from local to state offices. Micaela has consulted with numerous organizations in community and civic engagement, leadership training, educational advocacy, and outreach program development. When she isn’t fighting for Washington state students, she enjoys spending time with her three children.

Sara Morris

Prior to joining Beecher’s Pure Food Kids Foundation as President in March of 2017, Sara was President and CEO of the Alliance for Education, Seattle’s local education fund and one of the city’s largest education non-profits. She has 25 years of experience as an organizational leader in both for-profit and non-profit sectors. Of note was Sara’s role as co-founder of the nationally recognized Seattle Teacher Residency, a unique partnership between labor, academia, schools and community supporting the selective recruitment and preparation of exceptional teachers dedicated to serving Seattle’s highest poverty students. Sara began her career as a communications aide in the White House during the Clinton Administration and subsequently held leadership positions in the public and private sectors. Sara received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in 1993 and her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1999. She was named one of Seattle’s "40 Under 40” by the Puget Sound Business Journal in 2003. From 2007 to 2010 Sara served on the Board of Directors of the Technology Access Foundation and was elected Board President. She enjoys hiking, running, cross country skiing, travel, photography and eating real food – and doing all those things with her husband and three young daughters.

Tatiana Epanchin-Troyan

Prior to founding and leading a national school leadership development program, Tatiana was a Principal Manager for Aspire Public Schools. As principal, her school increased its academic performance index by 150 points, more than three times the state average increase. She was awarded the National Title I Distinguished School Award for closing the achievement gap, an honor bestowed upon only 1 out of over 9,600 schools in the state. She began her teaching career with Teach for America in New Orleans and has also served as a social worker in Contra Costa County working on intensive family preservation cases. She is driven by her passion for justice in our country and how we can make individual contributions to change in our local context. She believes we each have a critical role to play, and that anything is possible in Washington––a state full of innovation and creativity. In her free time, she loves exploring the Puget Sound region with her family.

Patrick Methvin

Patrick Methvin is a deputy director of postsecondary success in the U.S. program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He leads the team that is responsible for scaling the adoption of innovations, including wholly new education and business models that have been proven at enterprise scale to help achieve a more student-centric, effective, efficient, and value-driven approach to higher education. Methvin previously served as a principal in the Boston Consulting Group's social impact practice, where he helped higher education institutions manage operating changes that were necessitated by rapidly changing funding environments. He also worked in the consumer goods practice area, focusing on consumer insights and marketing at both local and national scales. Methvin holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, a master’s in educational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in economics and political science with distinction from the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar. He also serves on several corporate and organization boards. He was the Founding Board Chair for KIPP Atlanta where he helped the organization scale high quality schools quickly.

Daniel Zavala

Daniel is a Washington native with family on both sides of the mountains. His path to policy work was shaped by his parents’ backgrounds in education and social justice. His career started in the classroom as a bilingual special education teacher after finishing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Stanford University. As a teacher for students with special needs, he saw firsthand the intersection of law and policy in the classroom. After teaching, he earned his law degree at the University of Washington, focusing on education issues and working with education groups and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office in the Education Division. After law school, Daniel worked for StudentsFirst on state-level policy, and most recently served as the deputy director at TennesseeCAN. Currently Daniel is the Director of Policy and Government Relations for the League of Education Voters.