Creating opportunity through engagement, advocacy, and philanthropy…
I want to help make my community a place of opportunity for everyone who lives in it. I primarily focus on improving our public education system but have recently gotten more involved with reproductive rights. I see education and reproductive rights as two sides of the same coin. If you don’t have education and you cannot control how many children you have and when, then your opportunities are limited. I also support organizations that work to improve our democratic process, believing that our country is stronger when everyone has a voice and makes educated choices about our laws and leadership. I am action-oriented. I support, serve, testify, write, fund raise, hold events, promote, connect.
Social Venture Partners Seattle: http://www.svpseattle.org/. A partner since 1997, I serve as Chair of the Outreach Committee. I served on the board from 2009-2015 and as board chair from 2012-2014. SVP builds powerful relationships among people and organizations to tackle our community’s social challenges. We pool our funds to make investments in and provide strategic volunteering to local nonprofits focused on education and the environment. We help individuals amplify their giving through education about grant making, nonprofits, and social issues. Other programs include our Fast Pitch competition, Family Service Group, and teen group Social Venture Kids. SVP was started in Seattle in 1997 and has expanded to 40+ cities internationally.
The Seattle Foundation: http://www.seattlefoundation.org/Pages/Default.aspx. The Seattle Foundation’s mission is to ignite powerful and rewarding philanthropy to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. The Seattle Foundation is making the greater Seattle community a vital and healthy place to live, driving positive change on a range of local issues by working side by side with donors. We are leading a countywide philanthropic agenda—A Healthy Community—which supports a complex fabric of issues including arts and culture, basic needs, economy, education, environment, health and wellness, and neighborhoods and communities.
League of Education Voters and LEV Foundation: http://www.educationvoters.org/ Immediate Past Board Chair of LEV Foundation. Board Member LEV. LEV is a non-partisan organization that partners with parents, students, and civic leaders who believe in a quality education from cradle to career. LEV is the only Washington-based organization working to improve public education from early learning through higher education. We shape the debate, build powerful coalitions, and grow grassroots efforts to achieve meaningful reform and ample resources for education. Since 2009.
Thrive Washington: http://thrivewa.org/ Chair Fund Development and Communications Committee. Thrive Washington creates opportunities for every child in our state to get a great start in life. We’re building a strong environment for early learning by influencing the way providers, funders, and communities work together. We invest in programs and partnerships that benefit every child beginning with children and families most in need. Since 2011.
King County Children and Youth Advisory Board: Acts as an advisory body to set King County’s priorities for serving infants through young adults. The board will also provide oversight on the proceeds from the voter-approved Best Starts for Kids levy set for specific uses: the Children and Youth Under Five Allocation; the Children and Youth Ages Five through Twenty-Four Allocation; and the Data and Evaluation Allocation.
Center for Reproductive Rights: http://www.reproductiverights.org/ Board member of international nonprofit that uses the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Since 2013.
Eastside Pathways: http://www.eastsidepathways.org/ Founding Board member. Immediate past Board Chair. Eastside Pathways builds community-wide commitment for education results. We work with all stakeholders — school district, city, nonprofits, parents, youth, community organizations, businesses and elected officials — to ensure that all children in Bellevue, Washington graduate from high school ready to be successful in post-secondary education and to obtain a prosperous wage job. We use the Collective Impact Framework developed by the Strive Network http://www.strivenetwork.org/. With our partners, we have identified common goals and metrics to track progress. Eastside Pathways, as a backbone organization, convenes, facilitates, and helps with data and strategy. Since 2010.
Eastside Preparatory School: http://www.eastsideprep.org/ Founding board member. Current Emeritus Trustee of grade five through 12 independent school. We focus on critical thinking, responsible action, compassionate leadership, and wise innovation as we prepare our students for the future. Since 2002.
United Way King County: http://www.uwkc.org/ Board member 2008 to 2014. Successfully chaired a $25 million campaign to bring the Parent-Child Home Program http://www.parent-child.org/ to scale in King County. PCHP is a home-visiting program targeted at vulnerable two- and three-year olds and their families. It is evidence-based and focuses on childhood literacy and school readiness. Children who go through the program are 30% more likely to graduate from high school than children from similar backgrounds who do not participate.
Previous Organizations and Experience
Janet previously served on the boards of Child Care Resources, the Foundation for Early Learning, the Bellevue Schools Foundation, Early Care and Education Coalition, Crosscut.com, and Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Janet worked in high tech for 16 years in Boston and San Francisco. She has experience in marketing, communications, strategic planning, fund raising, and board governance. She has a BA in English with honors from Brown University.
Janet lives in Bellevue with her husband and two cats. She has two children who are now young adults. She likes to cook, travel, and SCUBA dive. She and her husband ride a tandem together.
Other Organizations I Support
Social Venture Partners International. http://svpi.org/
Washington Women for Choice. http://www.washingtonwomenforchoice.com/
Child Care Resources–Was board member for 15 years. http://childcare.org/
National Institute for Civil Discourse. http://nicd.arizona.edu/