Co-Chair, Michael Brown
Vice President, Community Leadership; Seattle Foundation
Before joining the staff of The Seattle Foundation, Michael Brown served as a legislative aide to Seattle City Councilmember Richard McIver from 1997 to 2000. He also served as Deputy Director for the Washington Association for Community Economic Development, a nonprofit that provided training and technical assistance to community-based development organizations statewide.
Michael holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Loyola University. He is the past chair of the Impact Capital Board of Directors, Vice President for Building Changes, and is a board member of the Washington State Budget and Policy Center and the King County Housing Authority. He also serves on the Interagency Committee for the Committee to End Homelessness in King County and is an advisory board member for Neighbor to Neighbor. Michael is an American Marshall Memorial Fellow and a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow.
Co-Chair, Gina Breukelman
Community Investor, Health & Human Services; Boeing
Gina Breukelman is the Northwest Region Community Investor for Health and Human Services at the Boeing Company. In her role with Global Corporate Citizenship, Gina leads Boeing’s relationships with United Ways and Health and Human Services agencies in the Puget Sound region. She manages corporate charitable contributions of grants, sponsorships, and in-kind donations to Health and Human Services agencies that promote the economic well-being and health of the Puget Sound’s most vulnerable residents. She also engages employees to support partner nonprofits through volunteerism and executive board service.
Gina serves on the Community Building Committee of the United Way of King County, Washington Families Fund Leadership Committee, SkillUp Funders Group, Asset Building Roundtable, and other groups in Puget Sound focused on workforce development and poverty issues. Gina also leads Boeing’s community engagement work around military and veterans initiatives.
Prior to joining the team at Boeing in June 2009, Gina worked in the nonprofit sector, managing fundraising and programmatic activities for organizations addressing hunger and poverty issues. She served as the Deputy Director at the Emergency Food Network in Pierce County, Washington from 2005 to 2009.
Gina earned her Masters in Social Work degree from the University of Washington-Tacoma (UWT) in 2006 and served as an adjunct professor at UWT in 2007 and 2008, teaching masters level courses in social policy and community organizing. Gina has a BA in English and Women’s Studies from Washington University in St. Louis.
Workforce Development Manager; Office of Economic Development; City of Seattle
Nancy Yamamoto is the Workforce Development Manager at the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development. In her role, Nancy leads the development of policy and partnerships to increase the number of individuals who have the career skills they need for good jobs and provide the talent employers need to compete. She also manages the City of Seattle workforce investments to agencies that provide adult education, training and supports to Seattle’s low-income residents.
A Pacific Northwest native, Nancy holds a Masters of Law degree and Business Administration degree from the University of Washington and a Juris Doctor degree from Lewis and Clark College. She is also a board member of Washington Nonprofits and an Aspen Institute Marano Fellow.
Chancellor; Seattle College District
Dr. Jill Wakefield is a visionary leader recognized for developing strategic partnerships and innovative solutions and for the depth of her experience in higher education. She became chancellor of the Seattle College District in January 2009 after serving five years as president at South Seattle College, where she directed the development of leading-edge programs and an architecturally vibrant campus. During her 30-year career at South, she also served in a wide variety of positions.
While she was president, the college was among the first in the state to offer an applied bachelor’s degree. As chancellor, she has championed more four-year degrees and led a districtwide initiative promoting green and sustainable curricula and programs. She has stimulated numerous grants and initiatives supporting student success and retention, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Pathway to Completion and the City of Seattle’s Pathways to Careers grants.
Wakefield is a community college graduate who earned her associate degree from Centralia College, bachelor’s degree in education from Central Washington University, master’s degree in public administration/public policy from the University of Washington, and doctorate in educational leadership from Seattle University.
She has taught as a part-time faculty member at Washington State University, Seattle University and Centralia College and served as a regional accreditor for the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities. Her research, presentations and publications have focused on business and college partnerships that lead to more effective training and fund development.