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.
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.
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.
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 Executive Director of Green Dot Washington, a nonprofit network of public charter schools whose mission is to help transform public education.
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.
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 is the proud Principal of Roxhill Elementary in 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.
James Thomas currently serves as a senior manager of diversity and inclusion programs at Starbucks where he supports the company’s U.S. retail business. In his role he is charged with helping to operationalize and implement the company’s inclusion and diversity strategies throughout the retail business to create a more inclusive environment for both customers and employees.
Julia White leads marketing and product management of Microsoft’s Azure + Security portfolio of products. In this function, Julia is responsible for the value proposition, global go to market strategy and industry engagement, she works in partnership with engineering leadership to chart the technical direction of the services. She also leads National Cloud and Datacenter marketing for the company.