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 City Year board. When not working Bree loves live music, the outdoors, and a good book by the fire.
Human Resources and Human Capital Manager
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.
Special Projects Associate
Trang serves as the Special Projects Associate for Green Dot in Washington. She works on strategy, operations, and communications projects. Trang has experience in both the private and public sector.
Prior to Green Dot, she taught Chemistry in Chicago Public Schools and was a grade level lead, where she executed academic remediation plans and oversaw a team of 11th grade teachers. Soon after teaching, Trang transitioned into a consulting role where she helped answer companies’ biggest questions while gaining a strategic mindset. She is passionate about bringing her project management experience and passion for education equity to serve Green Dot schools and students.
Trang received her Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry and Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from Seattle Pacific University. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, finding the next best restaurant, and staying active.
Jack Nettleton oversees development efforts for Green Dot in Washington state. Jack joined Green Dot from Strategies 360, a Seattle based consulting firm where he worked as a project manager and business development coordinator in Tacoma/Pierce County. Jack also worked on Congressman Derek Kilmer’s first campaign and interned in Governor Christine Gregoire’s policy office. Jack has served as an Associate Director on the Laird Norton Company Board and currently serves on the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation Board of Directors.
Jack graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, CT with a degree in Public Policy and Law and wrote his honor’s thesis on young veteran unemployment and reintegration programs in Washington state. Jack co-founded the Public Policy and Law endowment fund at Trinity and enhanced his civic engagement by being honored as a fellow in the Institute for a Democratic Future Class of 2014. Jack is an 8th generation Washingtonian and son of a former middle school teacher. He is proud to work for an organization committed to improving educational outcomes for children in his home state.
Special Education Program Administrator
Theresa Taft serves as the Special Education Program Administrator for Green Dot Public Schools Washington. She has a passion for education and an unwavering belief in all children. She has dedicated her adult life to improving the education of students with special needs and adores every day she is blessed to work with students.
She started her career in education as a paraeducator working with students within special education programs. She enjoyed helping each of them learn and grow so much that she decided she wanted to be a special education teacher. Theresa enrolled in Pacific Lutheran University, where she earned her 1st Masters in Education in 2007, and was a special education teacher for the last 8 years. She returned to Pacific Lutheran University and recently completed her 2nd Masters in Education with an emphasis in leadership in 2015.
Theresa enjoys working with such an outstanding educational establishment and dedicated team of educators. She is eager to continue to grow special education and student support programs centered on preparing all students for leadership, college and life.
Director of Academics
Jeremy serves as Director of Academics for Green Dot Washington. He works alongside school leaders and teachers to develop the district’s rigorous, Common Core-aligned curriculum & assessments, to share instructional and leadership coaching practices, and to ensure the district's academic model meets the needs of all students. If he had his way, Jeremy would spend much of his time challenging students to reach for ever-greater heights and holding them accountable to lofty and realistic expectations.
Before joining the Green Dot Washington home office, Jeremy played numerous roles at YES Prep Public Schools, a high-performing, public charter district in Houston. He taught middle school English for 5 years and literacy intervention for 2 years, during which time he earned 2 teacher-of-the-year awards. After full-time teaching, he transitioned to a Dean of Instruction role, coaching & supporting teachers. Most recently, he served as a middle school English Curriculum Specialist, where he helped the district develop rigorous, engaging units of study.