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City Year Seattle Board

Local community and business leaders work together to advance our mission to ensure public schools are places all students can thrive.

Michael Atalla
Co-Founder and Chief Sparring Partner The MJJM Group

Michael Atalla is a tech industry veteran of 25 years with experiences ranging from glorious failures to successful startups to the largest technology companies in the world where he has served in roles across a variety of engineering, product and marketing disciplines. After his decade and a half at Microsoft, where he led teams responsible for some of the most influential technology products and services of our lifetimes, Michael established The MJJM Group in 2016 where he works exclusively with startup founders, helping them bring their product visions to life. Michael invests his personal time as a mentor for underserved communities at both the high school and college levels, helping ensure students get the support they need to be personally and professionally successful.

Nilesh Buddhdeo
Managing Director EY

Nilesh Buddhdeo is a leader in Deloitte's SAP Enterprise Performance Management and Analytics practice. He has 21 years of consulting experience with the last 18 years focused on SAP technologies. During this period he has led multiple transformations within finance, supply chain and sales operations across multiple industries.

Josh Chaitin, Board Chair
Social Impact Communications Consultant

Josh Chaitin has made Seattle home for nearly 30 years, moving to the great Northwest from the East Coast as a teen. Throughout his career, he’s helped develop and launch campaigns across a broad range of industries, including outdoor recreation, real estate, apparel, automotive, technology, food, health and wellness and many others. He has worked with emerging brands like Theo Chocolate, established brands like Subaru of America and Nordstrom, and institutions like The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance to address a broad range of issues, from access to health care, to creating opportunities for underserved communities, to advocating for the protection of public lands.

Josh led Edelman’s Business + Social Purpose practice group in Seattle, where he helped launch REI’s #OptOutside campaign, in addition to working with the co-op on their efforts to engage more people in the outdoors, to promote and protect wild places across the USA, and to create more leadership opportunities for women in the outdoor industry.

He has helped companies like Vulcan demonstrate their commitment to sustainability through their redevelopment of Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, and has helped organizations like FSG work with business leaders to create meaningful career opportunities for populations that have traditionally faced barriers to employment.

Josh is driven to use communications to help businesses lead the way in sustainability and social responsibility, and to find ROI in their efforts to create a better world. He holds an MPA from the University of Washington’s Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts from The Evergreen State College. He lives in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood with his wife, two teenage sons, and two very enthusiastic Goldendoodles, Finn and Murphy.

Jeff Clark
Founder and Owner Veracity Analytics

Jeff Clark has been a management consultant for over 25 years and has worked collaboratively with energy, wireless, pharmaceutical and intellectual property clients to help inform their most important strategic and tactical decisions. Believing strongly that education creates opportunity, Jeff has been a City Year supporter for years.

Bree Dusseault
Practitioner-in-Residence Center for Reinventing Public Education

As a resident of Southeast Seattle and former principal and teacher, Bree Dusseault believes deeply in working with families and community to create schools that will realize their hopes and dreams for students. Bree currently serves as the Practitioner-in-Residence of Center for Reinventing Public Education, a nonpartisan research center that studies efforts to rewire the system for school coherence, ongoing improvement, and excellence for every student—moving from the classroom, to the school, to policy implications.

Andrew Haring
VP and General Counsel Talking Rain Beverage Company

Zach Hensley
Vice President, Venue Operations and Guest Experience CenturyLink Field and Seattle Seahawks

Zach Hensley oversees stadium operations Seattle Seahawks and CenturyLink Field. His process management skills and ability to effectively mentor and guide teams, ranging from small planning teams to game-day teams of over 2000 people, have enabled him to successfully execute some of the most complex, high-profile events in the country.

Vikas Kamran 
CEO Revel Consulting

As CEO and founder of Revel, Vikas Kamran goes beyond establishing the company’s strategic vision, one trip to the Revel headquarters will show that he also set’s the bar in terms of the energy and enthusiasm Revel associates bring to every challenge. He provides leadership by encouraging associates to question assumptions, challenge the status quo, and go one level deeper.

Colleen Oliver
Nonprofit Leader Advocate for Children and Educational Justice

Colleen Oliver is an experienced, results-driven educator and nonprofit leader with a successful track record in leading large-scale, transformational efforts, building and developing equity-focused teams, and scaling innovations in the education and nonprofit sectors. She is recognized for strong leadership and facilitation in producing systems/solutions that result increased outcomes for children, youth, and families.

Tarra Patrick
Director of Special Education Seattle Public Schools

Tarra Patrick is the proud Director of Special Education at Seattle Public Schools. Tarra has lived around the world, and served the full range of education in the past 25 years. She is committed to creating an environment in which everyone is welcomed, engaged and able to access learning and is honored to be a part of the change that she wants to see.

Gavin Sullivan
Principal Madrona Bureau

Gavin P. Sullivan is a Principal at Madrona Bureau where he has written, produced and directed award winning feature documentary, TV programming, and commercial work. His approach to visual media is informed by his experience as a Senior Reporter with the Financial Times Group where he held correspondent posts in Latin America (Buenos Aires and Bogotá) and the US (Seattle). He is a former Rotary World Peace Fellow and US Fulbright Scholar.

James Thomas
Director Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Alaska Airlines

James Thomas serves as the first Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Alaska Airlines leading and advancing the airline company's DEI efforts to improve the overall employee and guest experience while contributing to business excellence and growth.

Julia White
Chief Marketing and Solutions Officer, Executive Board Member SAP

Julia White serves at the Chief Marketing and Solutions Officer and Executive Board Member at SAP where she leads product & industry solution value propositions and go-to-market approach, global brand and digital marketing, corporate communications, and government affairs.

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