OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Metti Mulugeta, originally from Ethiopia, is an activist, educator, and the owner of Wedgewood Montessori School, located in Seattle. Read More
Ario Salazar is the Executive Director of Communities In Schools of Whatcom-Skagit. Read More
Ario is the author of four volumes of poetry in Spanish: “Ariodicciones,” 1997 [Editorial Horizonte 21, Washington D.C.]; “El amor de los padres y otros poemas,” 2014 [Editorial Ala de Colibrí, Seattle]; “A song to love beneath the stars,” & “La estación ilímite” [to be published]. In 2019, he was invited to read and record his poetry at the Library of Congress during Walt Whitman’s Bicentennial celebrations. His essays, short stories, and poetry have been published in books and anthologies in India, the U.S., Spain, and Latin America.
Shariffa Sabrie is an educator and the site manager at Puget Sound Educational Service District’s Educare, Early learning, and Heritage Head Start programs. Read More
She is the founder of the first Somali Women nonprofit organization in Seattle, with the purpose of improving the lives of women and children by connecting their personal struggle to society’s larger issues. She is also the first college instructor offering instruction in Somali, which she achieved by creating a Somali and English early learning curriculum for bilingual early childhood education learners.
Dr. Gina Lopardo is the Director of Education Abroad at Seattle University with international higher education and human resources experience. Read More