Washington Board of Directors

Green Dot Public Schools Washington is dedicated to transforming educational opportunities for students in Washington State as part of a larger solution for educational equity and access for all students.

Over the 2019-20 school year, Green Dot Washington will be transitioning its oversight and on-the-ground operations to support RVLA as a community-centered, standalone school. As such, it is adding greater representation, voice, and expertise from the Southeast Seattle community to its Board ensure more local school governance.

By June 2020, Rainier Valley Leadership Academy will be an independent, standalone school to reflect this change. Members of the Green Dot Washington Board continuing their service are Chair Joe Hailey, Secretary Will Wang, Jeff Thiel, Vivian Hsu, Jess Peet, and Julia Warth. Local members recently joining the Board to support the transition to a community-centered school include Natalie Hester and Maryam Mason.

Joe Hailey

Joe Hailey - Board Chair

Former Director of Development, Congregations for the Homeless

Joe Hailey was 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.

natalie hester

Natalie Hester

Statewide Organizing Director

Stand for Children

A charter parent and education advocate, Natalie also has over 20 years of experience working in commercial, mortgage and consumer lending with several major banks and credit unions. Currently, she works as the State Organizing Director at Stand for Children. She spends most days partnering with community organizations, parents, and educators to support closing the opportunity gap in Washington State.

From 2015-2017, Natalie served at the Rainier Valley Community Development Fund, where she is responsible for business technical assistance, outreach, and business loan origination. In her previous role at HomeSight, Natalie was the Director of Homeownership. Natalie has worked with HUD and other federal agencies in community and economic development in underserved communities for over 15 years, and she offers invaluable experience with data collection and reporting for local and federal funders. Natalie has spent many years volunteering in Rainier Valley and has deep roots in the local community with residents, businesses and local nonprofits.

Natalie is also the proud parent of two daughters: one attends a district public school and the other recently graduated from Summit Sierra charter public high school in Seattle.


maryam mason

Maryam Mason

Lead Functional Analyst

Seattle Public Utilities

Maryam Mason is a true Community Board member.  She was raised and currently resides less than a mile from RVLA.

Professionally, she works for the City of Seattle as a Management and Business Systems Analyst, with a focus on Customer Service solutions.  In parallel to paid work, she also works with community organizations at every level, mostly in non-profit organizations focused on education and support of underserved families.

She has previously been a principal board member of Parents for Student Success, a community-directed non-profit that serves the changing population in Seattle.  From the South East Asian population in the 1980s to the current East African population, and low income and homeless families.

She has also been an integral part of a program managed by a Kenyan NGO – SACCODEN.  This organization operates and supports multiple programs in Nairobi and more rural parts of Kenya.

She is currently working with First Place.  First Place is a long running non-profit in Seattle’s Central District and has a mission of educating and providing stable affordable housing to those most in need.  First Place in the recent past operated a Charter School program, she came to work with them as they were transitioning out the phase of providing Elementary Education, to Early Learning Programs

Vivian Hsu

Vivian Hsu

Senior Strategy Officer

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Vivian Hsu is a Senior Strategy Officer on the Vaccine Development & Surveillance team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She supports a portfolio of early-stage vaccine technology and manufacturing capability-building grants, as well as, strategy work for the team.

Before joining the foundation, Vivian was the Senior Director of Payer Partnership Operations at Evolent Health, a population health services company focused on building accountable care organizations in the United States. She was also previously a Business Analyst in McKinsey and Company’s Hong Kong office.

Vivian graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University and received her MBA in Healthcare Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.



William Wang - Secretary 


Angel Island Capital

William Wang is currently a Principal at Angel Island Capital, a San Francisco-based investment manager with over $3B in assets under management. He leads the industrials team to find and make investments in corporate loans and bonds. Prior to joining Angel Island Capital, William was a credit analyst at Oaktree Capital Management. Earlier in his career, he worked at The D.E. Shaw Group, and at Rothschild Inc. in the Corporate Restructuring Investment Banking division. William has been involved with Green Dot Public Schools since 2013, primarily as an Ambassador. Additionally he has been involved in various leadership roles within education-related organizations such Youth Business Alliance, University of Virginia’s Alumni Association, National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Big Brothers Big Sister and American Youth Soccer Organization. William received his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia.


Julia Warth

Director of Policy and Research

League of Education Voters

Julia is the Director of Policy and Research at League of Education Voters (LEV), where she focuses on improving student access to supports in school and equity in K-12 funding—in service of improving the experience of and outcomes for students that have been historically and systemically underserved in schools. Prior to joining LEV, she worked as a Senior Research Analyst for the Washington State Board of Education, helped launch the Washington State Charter Schools Association, and worked in public policy consulting. Julia is committed to helping create a school system in which every student has meaningful access to an education that prepares them for success on the path of their own choosing.

Julia received her Bachelor’s in literature and government from Claremont McKenna College in Southern California and returned home to Seattle for her Master of Education degree from the University of Washington.


Jeff Thiel


Carbon Innovation

Jeff is an experienced executive and entrepreneur who has built and launched new products and services in industries ranging from PC software to financial services, health care, and K-12 education. Jeff’s most recent venture, Metria Teaching and Learning Technologies, makes applications that help teaching teams collaborate to implement instructional best practices in every classroom every day. Prior to Metria, Jeff co-founded companies in financial services and health care services. He worked for 10 years at Microsoft where his team was instrumental in the launch of multiple versions of Windows, including Windows 95. He began his career at Bain and Company, a leading business strategy consulting firm. He has degrees in Economics and History from the University of Washington, and an MBA from the Wharton Graduate School of Business.

jess peet

Jess Peet

Senior Manager

Alexa Marketing at Amazon

Jessica Peet is a Senior Manager in Alexa Product Marketing at Amazon where she builds and executes new product marketing strategies to help customers get the most out of their Alexa devices.  At Amazon, Jess has also led marketing, product management, and category merchant teams for the Home and Kitchen categories, and managed P&Ls in the Consumer Electronics group.  Earlier in her career, Jess worked at Target Corp in Minneapolis, helping to launch Target Canada negotiate product assortment and margins, and planning inventory.  Jess received her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and her BS in Marketing from the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

Board Meetings

Board meetings are open to the public. Download agendas and meeting minutes here.

August 21, 2019 (Wednesday) – 4:00-6:00 PM; (RVLA)

September 17, 2019 (Tuesday) – 4:00-4:30 PM (teleconference)

October 15, 2019 (Tuesday) – 4:00-6:00 PM; (RVLA)

November 19, 2019 (Tuesday) – 4:00-6:00 PM (teleconference)

December 17, 2019 (Tuesday) – 4:00-6:00 PM (RVLA)

January 21, 2020 (Tuesday) – 4:00-6:00 PM (RVLA

February 18, 2020 (Thursday)– 4:00-6:00 PM (teleconference) 

April 28, 2020 (Thursday) – 4:00-6:00 PM (teleconference)

May 26, 2020 (Thursday) – 12:00-6:00 PM (teleconference)

June 23, 2020 (Thursday) – 4:00-6:00 PM (RVLA)

July 28, 2020 (Tuesday) - 4:00-4:30 PM (teleconference)

To access our board meeting agendas and minutes from November 1, 2019 on, please visit our board meeting platform.

All GDPSW Board meetings are accessible by conference call.

Dial-in Number: (669)-900-6833

Meeting ID: 989-793-884

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