Hello South King County!

It’s been two years since we, the Road Map Project Community Leadership Team, formed. As our inaugural group ends its first term, we want to take some time to let you know what we have been up to and to welcome six new members of the team!

We want to thank inaugural members Lynda Hall, Mirya Muñoz-Roach, Karly Feria, Larissa Reza Garcia, Zahra Al-Najaf, Freda Crichton, Sean Levias, and Greg Garcia for their service. They will continue to be powerful leaders in their communities. With their help, we worked together to:

  • Draft a Clean Dream Act Resolution calling the U.S. Congressional Delegation of our state to pass a Clean Dream Act that responded to the threats our undocumented students face in today’s political climate;
  • Organize a Lead Your Community event during DiscoverU 2018, which helped scholars and families explore their college and career options through culturally sustaining information and celebration;
  • Conduct numerous strategy reviews of current Road Map Project work, providing guidance and suggestions for how to make the work more equitable;
  • Lead the June 2019 Education Results Networking meeting, where student stories and experiences, in conjunction with the Let Us Succeed report, highlighted what school staff need to do to better support student postsecondary aspirations.

We are grateful for the service of these dedicated community leaders and to have had a chance to be teammates in this sacred work of lifting up all South King County scholars. Their time, energy, passion, expertise, and commitment to equity and to serving our community have all made them invaluable and inspiring to our team and our work.

Now, join us in welcoming the next wave of Community Leadership Team members!

  • Alison Gazarek (she/her) currently serves as the Regional Director at Equal Opportunity Schools, having returned to her hometown of Seattle after teaching at a public school in the Bronx for 10 years.
  • Brianna Ishihara (she/her) is a lifelong resident of South Seattle and is currently an Intermediate Emotional Behavioral Center Special Education Paraeducator in the Highline School District.
  • David Coven (he/him) currently resides in the Central District of Seattle, and is the president of Scholarship Junkies, a non-profit that connects students to scholarship opportunities.
  • Jessica Velasquez (she/her) is a proud community member from SeaTac, a first-generation college student and currently works for Career Launchpad connecting young people with the resources they need to thrive.
  • Malachi Williams (he/him) resides in the Central District of Seattle and is currently the Director of Operations at Scholarship Junkies, where he empowers students with college and scholarship expertise.
  • Stephanie Ung (she/her) is the Program Manager for the University of Washington GEAR UP Achievers, and has a background in community environmental education and youth development.

Their experience and involvement in our schools and organizations across South King County will ensure that the Community Leadership Team continues to fulfill our purpose: to guide the Road Map Project to ensure  the work is community led and conducted through a racial equity lens. We are grateful to these new members for the commitment they’ve made to be part of our team!

We will be welcoming them with a reception from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6 (location TBD) and you are invited to join us! Please come get to know the Community Leadership Team at this community potluck.

Many of you reading this are part of the changes that we are endeavoring to accomplish in our education system and we would love to hear from you with your questions, suggestions, or even stories of how the work to change our education system is going in your communities and organizations.

If you’d like to contact us, please email Cinthia Illan-Vazquez, who staffs our team. Our commitment is to serve you, our beloved community, in creating schools that serve ALL youth and achieve the Road Map Projects goal that by 2030, at least 70 percent of scholars in our region are earning a college degree or career credential.

Thank you for all you do and we look forward to hearing from you!


Catherina, Erin, Kevin, Mary, Regina, and Sebrena

Inaugural Community Leadership Team Members

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