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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.

Kristen McCaw

Chief Financial & Operating Officer

Kristen came to Impact from Summit Public Schools, where she served as Chief Operating Officer & Chief Diversity Officer and led a team that included 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 supported the launch of 24 new schools. She has also managed special education and assessments at a growing network of charter schools in Harlem and launched college preparation programs for students living in New York City public housing. Kristen is a Pahara NextGen Fellow and holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelors from New York University, where she majored in Politics.

Abigail Cedano

Chief Academic Officer

Abigail Cedano began her career in education attending Bank Street College in NYC where she received a dual Masters in Early Childhood and Elementary education. She then taught in NYC public schools and was a founding teacher at one of the first Success Academy elementary schools in Harlem. She stayed with Success Academies for 9 years and in 2011 founded Success Academy Williamsburg, an elementary school in Brooklyn, NY. In their first year of state Common Core testing, Success Academy Williamsburg scored in the top 1% of the state for both English and Mathematics and 100% of her students achieved the highest score of a level 4 on the state Science test. In her final year at Success Academies, Abigail continued as a Managing Principal supporting new principals in developing strong school culture. Most recently, she served as the Head of Schools for Summit Public Schools’ WA region, where she managed three schools. During her 3 years, Summit Olympus and Summit Sierra graduated the first charter school graduates in the state of WA and 98% of the graduates were accepted into 4 year colleges and universities.

“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

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


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.

Cecily Croskey

Cecily Croskey of Tacoma, WA is the Founder and Director of Girls Hearts on Fire, an organization that creates opportunities through nurturing self-esteem and creating plans for the future i.e. Education and Career, Team-building, community awareness/volunteer activities and health and wellness. Additionally, Cecily has partnered with Peace Community Center to oversee and manage the Hilltop Scholars High School College & Career (academic access) programs. As a Nominee for the 2016 Roslyn S. Jaffe Award (a not-for-profit program that gives financial awards to everyday heroes who are making the world a better place for women and children, specifically in the areas of health, education, social reform and esteem) her vision as a professional and entrepreneur is to empower the community's youth and young adults to walk boldly in their passions. Cecily is excited to bring over 10 years of experience working with students and families, 5 years of board experience and her enthusiasm as she joins the Impact Public Schools’ Board.

Faduma Ahmed

Faduma Ahmed is passionate about public service and is deeply invested in her community. Faduma’s focus is in empowering young adults to navigate education, workforce, and homeownership. She has trained over 100 early childhood educators and public-school teachers, produced the state's first rated Early Achievers child care center, and convened the first East African Community Accountability Board with King County Superior court to divert misdemeanor and class C youth cases to community organizations in lieu of sentencing. Faduma has a Bachelor’s in Economics and English from the University of Washington and a Master's in Public Administration from Seattle University. She enjoys traveling and spending time with family. Currently, Faduma is the Integration Manager of Othello Square and works directly with campus partners and community stakeholders.