Board of Trustees
JESSICA ROSS, Chair
MNPL, Nonprofit Leadership, Seattle University
Jessica is an experienced nonprofit leader currently working with Washington nonprofits as an independent consultant supporting strategic planning and advancement. For Jessica, building relationships is at the heart of community engagement, organizational development, and fundraising. Her community organizing career began over 20 years ago while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa. Since then, she’s been on a journey to approach philanthropy from a foundation of relationship building, equity, and racial justice. In 2020, she started Wake Consulting after 20 years of working for organizations such as Treehouse and Lifelong AIDS Alliance. Jessica believes that through partnership we can all foster connections and investments in our community, and is excited about building community in support of the Hatch School.
ANGELA GRIFFIN, Vice Chair
M.Ed, Teaching and Curriculum, Cal State University
Ed.D, Educational & Organizational Leadership, Seattle University
Dr. Angela Griffin is a visionary and inspirational leader with over 28 years of experience that has primarily focused on the development and implementation of early learning, childcare and youth engagement programs. She recently stepped back into the childcare sector as the CEO of Launch. For the 8 years prior, she served as the Chief Program Officer at Treehouse where she led the agency in achieving its ambitious goal of increasing the graduation rate for youth experiencing foster care and scaling vital services statewide. She has also led programs for several national organizations, taught middle school, and provided educational coaching to students in alternative high schools. Angela strives to use her voice as an advocate for young people through community leadership such as in her former role as Vice President of the Federal Way Board of Education and her current service on the boards of the King County Children and Youth Advisors Board, the Woodland Park Zoo, Child Care Aware, YDEKC, and the Washington State Leadership Board.
ASHA DEAN, Secretary
B.A., Journalism, University of Arizona
Certificate Leadership in Enrollment Management,
USC Rossier School of Education
Asha Sundae Dean earned a degree in English and Journalism from The University of Arizona, and a Leadership in Enrollment Management certificate from the University of Southern California. An avid sports fan, she’s coached youth, high school, and college track and cross country for the last 18 years. It was during her tenure as a college coach in Arizona and Montana that she unknowingly began learning the ropes of school admissions while recruiting athletes to her track program. Asha has held various roles at Seattle area independent schools and is currently the Director of Enrollment Management at the Seattle Girls’ School, an independent 5-8 middle school. A Lakeside School Black Alumni mentor since fall of 2019, Asha lives in Seattle with her husband (Patrick) and three school-aged children (15, 9 and 5).
ALLISON WHERRY, Treasurer
B.A., Political Science, University of Washington
With over 25 years as a leader in the non-profit, human services, and educational fields, Allison Wherry is committed to improving the well-being of young people, families and communities by ensuring resources are available and by championing efforts that advance equity and social justice in policies and systems. She is currently the Executive Director for Communities In Schools Federal Way - Highline. Prior to joining the CISFWH team, Allison taught high school math for three years in the Oakland Unified School District. Preceding her work with the school district she was an Executive Director for ten years with the YMCA of Greater Seattle, a Senior Program Officer with Urban Libraries Council/King County Library System for a combined 6 years of service, a Planner with Seattle-King County Workforce Development Council, and started her career as an educator within in the Highline School District.
B.S., Economics, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
B.A., International Studies, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
Kaustubh is an experienced institutional investor with a background in private equity and special situations lending. He has completed investments across North America and Europe in a range of industries including media, shipping, and gaming. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for M&M Food Market and has acted as a Board Observer for several other businesses.
Kaustubh is originally from the Seattle area and attended University Prep, where he served on the Diversity & Community Board Committee as an alumni representative.
B.A., Computer Science, Scripps College
Sneha Deo is a Seattle-based technologist, community organizer, and musician. Sneha runs responsible artificial intelligence efforts at Microsoft, working to ground technical solutions in their potential for human impact, and is a contributor to the Montreal AI Ethics Institute. A passionate advocate for civic engagement, Sneha also leads South Asian Americans Together for Washington, a non-profit that empowers the South Asian community to participate in state and local policy-making. On off-hours, Sneha is a freelance composer and sound-designer for independent video games.
Ph.D., Educational Leadership, New York University
Dr. Jamila Humphrie is thrilled to be a founding Board Member of The Hatch School. After completing a Fulbright Scholarship in Brazil and spending eight years living in New York City, she returned to her hometown of Seattle in 2019. In 2021, she graduated from New York University with Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy. Her research is focused on gender diversity and policy implementation in K-12 schools. Currently a consultant with the NYC Department of Education through her role as a Partnership Director at Equal Opportunity Schools, her prior experience includes work in the development offices of The Bush School in Seattle and NYU Law in New York. Jamila brings to her work at The Hatch School her experiences as a Lakeside school graduate, as a co-creator of How We GLOW, a piece of interview theatre that explores lgbtq+ youth identity, and her 2016 service in the final class of interns with the Obama Administration in the Office of the First Lady, Mrs. Michelle Obama.
J.D., University of Hawai’i Williams S. Richardson School of Law
Shirley Lou-Magnuson is an attorney at Lane Powell in Seattle on the Labor, Employment & Benefits Team. Shirley is an experienced litigator who dedicates her practice to defending public and private entities from civil and regulatory liability. She regularly represents municipalities, universities, corporations, and has previously represented financial institutions and school districts in labor and employment, banking regulation, and environmental disputes, as well as general corporate and transaction matters.
Shirley earned her J.D. from University of Hawaiʻi Williams S. Richardson School of Law, cum laude, and her B.A. in Economics and Asian Studies from Whitman College. She has native fluency in Mandarin Chinese.
The Hatch School’s mission resonated with Shirley on many levels—from her own educational journey to her extensive work with school and educational service districts in the State of Washington.
M.A., Transformational Leadership, Seattle University
Jeannie has 25 years of experience in organizational development and has worked extensively in local government and nonprofit sections in the health, human services, education and criminal justice systems. Jeannie serves as the Director of Operations for the King County Office of Performance, Strategy & Budget. Jeannie has devoted her career to improving workplace culture and creating a workplaces’ that are supportive, high performing and human-centered. Jeannie is a people person who thrives in a highly collaborative environment. She believes firmly in using humor, empathy, and curiosity in her work.
A native of New Zealand, Jeannie is a naturalized US citizen and has also lived in France and India. She is married and the parent of two girls. In her free time, Jeannie has a long-standing yoga practice, volunteers at her kids’ school, is an avid reader, and loves to travel.
M.B.A., Finance, University of Texas (Dallas)
Christine is a First Vice President and Senior Portfolio Advisor at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and has served as trustee of the Seattle Girls School.
Christine holds an M.B.A. in Finance and a Masters in International Management from the University of Texas (Dallas) and a Bachelors of Arts from Carroll College.
M.S., Executive Nonprofit Leadership, Seattle University
Meghan is a passionate and proven educational leader who is committed to student-centered, anti-racist, and progressive education. Meghan is the Middle School Head at the Westside School in West Seattle, spent almost ten years at The Overlake School in Redmond, and directed the largest K-12 nonprofit athletics department in the Pacific Northwest at the Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue.
Meghan is extremely passionate about social justice and is committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racist education. Identifying systematic problems that affected her peers in the Lower Yakima Valley paved the way for her deeply ingrained value of DEI education, work that she knows is not only imperative to schools but to society. She has served on the board of the United Methodist Women and Atlantic Street Center in Seattle, both focusing on youth and education. Meghan is happily married to her wife Allison; they love chasing their two year old, London James, around the house in their free time.