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 is Vice President of Worldwide Technical & Integrated Marketing at F5, where he leads a global organization responsible for F5’s end-to-end go-to-market strategy and approach from vision to the last mile. In his role, he oversees solutions and use case value marketing, integrated campaign strategy, channel and alliances marketing, technical communities, and global field marketing. Michael also sits on the board of directors at both City Year Seattle and the Yellow Wood Academy, nonprofits focused on improving equity and access in education across racial and neurodiversity boundaries. As a volunteer, Michael invests his time mentoring students in underserved communities from the elementary through college levels and in supporting teachers better utilize education technology inside the classroom. Michael has called the Pacific Northwest home for over 22 years and resides in Western Washington with his wife and two children.
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.
Luis currently serves as a cyber & strategic risk leader at Optiv Security, leading client services for Optiv's most influential clients and markets. He is responsible for delivering practical risk reduction offerings across the spectrum of cybersecurity domains. Prior to joining Optiv, Luis spent a combined 18 years in Deloitte's Cyber Risk practice and in the US National Security and Intelligence Community.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 serves as the 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 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.