Home Office Leadership

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.

Kristen McCaw

Chief Financial & Operating Officer

Kristen McCaw joined the inspiring Impact Public Schools team this August as a co-founder and the Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer! Kristen came to Impact from Summit Public Schools, where she served as Chief Operating Officer & Chief Diversity Officer. Summit is a leading charter management organization spanning California and Washington that prepares a diverse student population for success in college and life. In that role, Kristen has led a team that includes talent; technology; operations; data; real estate; development; and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Kristen has also served as Chief of Staff at Summit and has been responsible for opening new Summit schools, implementing the organization’s policy agenda, and driving advocacy efforts. Kristen led the organization’s winning application to the national XQ Super School Challenge.

Before joining Summit, Kristen worked at the California Charter Schools Association where she crafted a regional growth strategy and provided guidance on all aspects of the school design and development process, supporting the launch of 24 new schools created by educators, parents, and community members. She has also managed special education and assessments at a growing network of charter schools in Harlem, led the implementation of systems to improve teacher and student performance, evaluated school-transformation policies, and launched college preparation programs for students living in New York City public housing. This work ignited her commitment to ensuring that children in every neighborhood can access an education that will equip them to be the authors of their own futures and leaders in their communities.

Kristen has also served on the Board of Voices College-Bound Language Academies, a growing network of high-performing dual-immersion charter schools, and is a Pahara NextGen Fellow. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelors from New York University, where she majored in Politics. She is married to Alex Shoor, a community advocate who fights for affordable housing and sustainable, inclusive communities.

Alexandra Friedeman

Director of Operations & Finance

Alexandra joins us with experience in the Chicago and Washington DC charter sectors. Prior to joining Impact Public Schools, Alexandra has served as both a special and general education teacher for grades PreK through 2nd grade at DC Preparatory Academy | Benning and Rowe Elementary School prior to moving into an administrative position. Upon leaving the classroom, she transitioned into a Director of Operations role for a growing, multi-site K-8 charter school in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago. Alexandra graduated with a BA in Psychology and Environmental Policy & Culture from Northwestern University, holds a Master's degree in Special Education from George Mason University and a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. As a new Seattle resident, she loves exploring the outdoors with her husband and dog, Penny.

“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

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

Board Chair

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

Secretary

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

Finance Committee Chair

Patrick Methvin, director of Postsecondary Success in the United States Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, oversees work designed to significantly increase the number of Americans achieving a post-high school credential and eliminate educational attainment disparities by race and income.

Previously, Patrick served as deputy director for the Postsecondary Success strategy, focusing on the adoption and scaling of innovations associated with improving student success and institutional sustainability. Prior to joining the foundation in 2013, Patrick served as a principal in the Boston Consulting Group’s Social Impact and Consumer Goods Practice Areas. In the Social Impact Practice, Patrick supported higher education institutions in managing operating model changes necessitated by their rapidly changing funding environments. He also supported K-12 transformation at the state, district, and charter school organization levels.

Patrick holds an MBA from the Wharton School, a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar. He also serves on several corporate and organization boards including previously serving as Board Chair for the highly successful KIPP- WAYS Academy in Atlanta, the first in a network of 9 high performing schools in the KIPP Metro Atlanta network.

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.

Noah Wepman

Noah Wepman was a Senior Program Officer in the K12 program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and focused on the way K12 systems use the resources of time, people and money to support their instructional priorities. He has also worked on increasing access to facilities capital for high performing charter networks. Previously, Noah was D.C. Public Schools’ Chief Financial Officer, serving as principal financial adviser to the chancellor and overseeing all financial operations. He has also worked as an education advisor to former DC Mayor Adrian Fenty.

Todd Meldahl

Todd is a founding partner of KBC Advisors. Prior to this, he held various executive positions at Cushman & Wakefield|Commerce after starting his career at Trammell Crow Company. Todd has been involved in transactions valued in excess of $3B domestically and abroad. His expertise surrounds developing complex strategies with a cross section of leadership teams to create the optimum real estate solution for his clients. Todd’s 16 years of real estate experience has involved over 500 transactions across all asset classes with significant expertise in Ecommerce, datacenters and industrial.

Prior to exclusively representing corporations, Todd represented several institutional ownership groups on leasing and sales transactions in the Puget Sound region. These included Principal Global Investors, California State Teachers Retirement System, Prologis and Washington Capital Management. This broad background in project management, property management and lease administration has added substantial value to Todd’s overall approach to tenant representation and transaction management. On a personal level, Todd is an avid mountain biker and skier.