Mary Lord Copeland
Director of Curriculum & Instruction
Mary is excited to be back in the PacNW, serving as the Curriculum Specialist for Green Dot Washington. As a CS, she supports educators and school communities to ensure all students receive equitable access to curriculum that is rigorous, reflects their unique backgrounds, and introduces new ways of thinking. Mary spent 10 years as a middle school teacher and leader in Oakland Unified School District and 2 years in Southern California focused on English Learner instructional programs. While in California, she was part of a beautiful community of educators, families, and students focused on social justice education. Mary has experience building culturally relevant curriculum and school communities that incorporate restorative justice as well as working in full-service community schools.
Mary earned her BA from Pacific Lutheran University (Go Lutes!) and her masters in educational leadership with an emphasis on equity from the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!).
She is excited to expand her community here in Washington and looks forward to exploring the great outdoors with her family and new friends.
As a resident of Southeast Seattle and former principal and teacher, Bree believes deeply in working with families and community to create schools that will realize their hopes and dreams for students. Most recently, Bree served as the Director of the Leadership Center at WA Charters, helping school leaders design new schools for Washington students. She also served as the Executive Director of Schools for Seattle Public Schools, overseeing its Southeast region of schools, and was a public charter school principal in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Bree has researched charter schools nationally with the University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education and started her career in education as a high school math teacher. Having worked in a variety of traditional and public charter schools where academically underserved students successfully find a path to college and beyond, she is excited to see what our students make possible in Washington State. Bree proudly serves on the boards of City Year Seattle-King County and Teach for America Washington. When not working Bree loves live music, the outdoors, and a good book by the fire.
Director of Human Capital and Human Resources
Emily Ganyo oversees Human Capital and Human Resources at Green Dot Washington. In her role, she ensures each department is operating legally, efficiently, and strategically. An attorney and former middle school teacher, Emily brings experience in district labor and employee relations, criminal litigation and organizational change management. Most recently, Emily served as the Director of Talent Operations at STRIVE Prep, a network of public charter schools in Denver, Colorado where she helped grow the organization’s human capital and employee support systems. Emily believes all students deserve equal access to excellent public schools and is excited to support the work of closing the opportunity gap in her home state of Washington. Emily earned her J.D. from the University of Denver, M.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and B.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Director of Operations and Finance
A founding member of the Green Dot Washington team, Blake Herrera serves as the Director of Finance and Operations. She supports school leaders in developing sustainable systems, managing school finances, and ensuring all state and federal compliance requirements are met. With over 10 years of finance and operations experience and a lifelong passion for education, Blake understands the importance of effective operations on achieving academic success.
Before joining the Green Dot Washington team, Blake worked in New Orleans, LA as a Project Manager for Algiers Charter School Association overseeing strategic operational initiatives for the six schools in their network. Prior to that role, Blake served as the Director of Finance and Operations of Akili Academy of New Orleans, a high-performing, public elementary charter school. Before transitioning to a career in public education, Blake worked as an Associate at Goldman Sachs and Co in their Global Operations division. Blake earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Management degree from Tulane University. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest, cooking delicious meals, and spending time with friends and family.
Vivienne advances the strategic direction and leads Washington’s fundraising and development operations. In her role, she seeks to maintain and build community partnerships that will drive and energize the growth of charter schools in Washington. Previously, Vivienne served as an active-duty Judge Advocate General (JAG) with the U.S. Navy for five years prior to entering the private sector, where she most recently worked at a Fortune 50 company for its international investments team. She is the first-American born from a family of Vietnamese refugees, where she witnessed her family sacrifice everything for her education. She is a strong believer that the public education she received was her Willy Wonka “golden ticket” to experiencing the “American Dream.” She joined Green Dot with a sense of responsibility to pay forward all the family sacrifices and community support she received to the next generation of WA student scholars.
She holds a B.A. in Political Science from University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law. She is currently pursuing an Executive MPA at the Dan Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington.
Glenn serves as the IT Manager for Green Dot Public Schools Washington. He supports our schools with setting up and troubleshooting laptops, desktops, printers, and various other forms of hardware and software. With over 10 years IT experience from working with Whole Foods Market and Apple, he began his time with Green Dot by supporting Animo James B. Taylor and Alain Leroy Locke College Prep Academy in California, before making the move to be a part of the growing Washington region. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, playing basketball with his kids, watching football, and finding great places to eat.
Angela Oh serves as the Talent Recruiter for Green Dot Washington. In this role, she works to develop teacher recruiting strategies and maintain a rigorous selection process for all Green Dot Washington schools. Before coming to Green Dot, Angela spent two years teaching Government and Economics in Dallas, Texas where she gained a passion for building positive school culture and strategizing on how to best serve all students. Today, she uses her past experience as a classroom teacher to guide her recruitment and selection decisions, ensuring that the very best teachers come to and stay at Green Dot Public Schools. Angela is a Washington native and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education and Political Science from Swarthmore College.
Members of the public may direct requests for disclosure of public records to Green Dot’s Public Records Officer, who oversees Green Dot’s compliance within the public records disclosure requirements under RCW Chapter 42.56. Learn more about how to request Public Records here.