Washington Board of Directors

Marguerite Kondracke

Marguerite Kondracke - Board Co-Chair

Former President & CEO, America's Promise Alliance

During her forty-year career, Marguerite Kondracke has been both an entrepreneur and a public servant. She has held leadership positions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. In 2012, Kondracke retired as President and CEO of America's Promise Alliance, founded by Gen. Colin Powell to make our children more of a national priority. Before joining America's Promise, Kondracke served as Special Assistant to U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander and as Staff Director of the Senate Subcommittee for Children and Families. Previously, she co-founded and was CEO of Bright Horizons Family Solutions, today a $3 billion public company, the nation's largest provider of workplace child care and one of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For." Earlier, Kondracke served in the cabinet of then Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander as Commissioner of Human Services. Today, Kondracke serves as an advisor to other entrepreneurial organizations seeking to make a difference for children and families. She is on the boards of three public and four private companies and is a past trustee of Duke University. She and her husband, award-winning journalist Morton Kondracke, live on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Joe Hailey

Joe Hailey - Board Co-Chair

Director of Development, Congregations for the Homeless

Joe Hailey is Director of Development for Congregations for the Homeless, a Bellevue, Washington-based non-profit focused on ending homelessness on King County’s east side. Prior to that assignment he served as Corporate Relations Officer for United Way of King County in Seattle, Washington. Joe joined the non-profit sector in 2011 after a decades-long career in the high tech sector during which he held positions of increasing responsibility with industry leaders such as IBM Corporation and Cisco Systems. He served as Director of Development for Evergreen Software Tools in Redmond, Washington, and held the same position at Sterling Software in San Bernardino, California. He was Senior Director, Product Development, at Solucient, LLC located in Bellevue Washington. As Senior Programmer-Manager, his last position at IBM, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of a 55-person software engineering team with a multi-million dollar departmental budget. While still at IBM, Joe also found time to co-own and operate a gourmet cookware store in Gilroy, California, and in later years owned and operated a full-service insurance and financial services agency located in Kirkland, Washington. Joe holds a BA in Applied Mathematics with departmental honors from the University of Laverne, located in Laverne, California; an MS in Applied Mathematics from Santa Clara University, located in Santa Clara, California; and is a graduate of United Way’s highly-coveted Project Lead program, an initiative designed to prepare people of color for non-profit board service and other positions of leadership within the community.

Melannie Cunningham

Melannie Denise Cunningham - Board Secretary

Director of Multicultural Recruitment, Pacific Lutheran University

Melannie Denise Cunningham is the Director of Multicultural Recruitment for Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Her major responsibility is to create and execute strategy that helps the university increase student of color enrollment. Cunningham is also President and CEO of the Cunningham Network, Inc., a consulting agency she founded that provides public relations, media production and business development services to clients. She is well known in Washington State as a motivational speaker, advocate for youth and champion for education as it relates to issues of access and equity. She is a former advisory board member for Kids at Hope and the Fund for Women and Girls. She heads up the International Involvement and Awareness Committee for the Tacoma Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a sisterhood of over 200,000 college-educated Black Women in bond for service. Cunningham holds a B.A. degree in General Studies from Washington State University, an M.B.A. from Pacific Lutheran University and a certification in Broadcast Production Technologies from Bates Technical College.


Jessica de Barros

Executive Director of Communications, Government Relations, and Public Relations,

Puget Sound Educational Services District 

Jessica is the Executive Director of Communications, Government Relations, and Public Relations for the Puget Sound Educational Services District. She is the former Board Chair of Excel Public Charter School and oversaw the Green Dot – Excel partnership and asset purchase agreement process. Previously, Jessica served as Director of Impact for the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, where she designed and implemented a system to achieve aggressive goals across a turnaround network of 22 schools and 40 home office employees. From 2008 -2011, Jessica served Seattle Public Schools as the Manager of Academic Planning & School Improvement as well as a project director. Prior to joining Seattle Public Schools, she served as a Senior Policy Analyst for the City of Seattle Office of Education and helped reform the City’s 2004 Families and Education Levy. Jessica has experience collaborating with school districts and community-based organizations to achieve organizational goals. Jessica earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington’s Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from American University in Washington, DC.

Board Meetings

The Green Dot Washington Board meets bi-monthly at the following dates and times. These meetings are free to attend and open to the public.


August 29, 2017 (Tuesday) 3:30-4:00 PM

September 14, 2017 (Thursday)– 9:00-1:00 PM (TAC)

October 26, 2017 (Thursday)– 4:00-6:00 PM (KEN)

December 14, 2017 (Thursday)– 4:00-6:00 PM (SEA)

March 29, 2018 (Thursday)– 9:00-11:00 AM (TAC)

May 23, 2018 (Wednesday)– 4:00-6:00 PM (KEN)

June 28, 2018 (Thursday)– 4:00-6:00 PM (SEA)

Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes: 2015-2016

August 11, 2015: Teleconference Call (Tuesday) - 12:00pm

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September 15, 2015 (Tuesday) - 10:45am -12:00pm - TAC

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October 22, 2015 (Thursday) - 4:00-6:00pm - SEA

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December 16, 2015 (Wednesday) - 9:00-11:00am - TAC

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February 12, 2016: Teleconference Call (Friday) - 4:30-5:00pm

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May 25, 2016 (Wednesday) - 9:00-11:00am - TAC

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Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes: 2016-2017

All GDPSW Board meetings are accessible by conference call.

Dial-in Number: (712) 775-7031

Meeting ID: 664-249-716

TAC Location:
1301 E. 34th St.
Tacoma WA 98404

SEA Location:
4800 S 188th St, Suite 250
SeaTac WA 98188

KEN Location:
19300 108th Ave SE,
Renton, WA 98055

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Green Dot Public Schools Washington

4800 S. 188th Street, Suite 250
SeaTac, WA. 98188

Phone: (253) 382-2400
Fax: (253) 382-2401


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