Our Staff

Alicia Atkinson

Managing Director

Daan De Jong

Evaluation Manager
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Erick Salvatierra

Product Manager
Francieria Moore

Franceria Moore

Learning Manager

Rachel Brooks

Managing Director

Sylvia Raskin

Senior Innovation Manager

Our Consulting Staff

Aakanksha Sinha

Research Consultant

Alicia Robinson

Coaching Trainer

Amber Wilson

Coaching Trainer

Becca Roebber

Facilitator & Marketing Consultant

David Hartman

Senior Coaching Trainer

Devin Stubblefield

Senior Coaching Trainer

Lauren Broomall

Strategic Design Consultant
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Nicole Casanova

Health Policy Consultant

Our Board of Directors

Diana Dollar

President and Founding Executive Director

Driven by a deep, life-long commitment to fairness and justice, Diana came into her role as the founding Executive Director of The Prosperity Agenda dedicated to transforming big, complex systems in order to drive meaningful, sustainable change. “In large systems, it’s easy to inadvertently optimize for cost, number of people served, simplicity, or throughput, but not to focus on what really matters: the experience of the individuals and families who are impacted by poverty and have no reasonable way out.” With more than 20 years of experience working in human, workforce, and economic development systems, Diana found the experience of individuals and families needed to be viewed through a different lens.

Diana studied Political Science at San Jose State University and earned her Masters in Public Administration from University of Washington where she immersed herself in policy, education, social welfare, and a search for the systemic drivers of economic and social inequality. Before building The Prosperity Agenda, Diana launched the first summer hunger campaign for two counties in the Bay Area and engaged business, environmental advocates, government, and community members to agree upon sound development practices in Snohomish County. She is now co-owner of the award-winner Lobo Hills Wine Co.

STERLING ADLAKHA

Treasurer

Sterling Adlakha joined Northwest Center in spring 2020. His more than 20 years of combined Coast Guard service, Master’s-level education, and experience as a C-level executive in the Maritime industry has shaped his greatest strengths: capital market transactions, financial analysis, investor relations, and business process refinement. His dedication to financial excellence is evident in his repeated implementation of process upgrades throughout his private-sector career, especially in times of financial uncertainty and organizational change. Currently, he leads Northwest Center’s Accounting, FP&A, IT and legal departments with goals to develop best-in-class operational support and foster the growth of the organization.

MARGIE HENRY

Margie Henry is a Technologist, Researcher, Nonprofit Expert, and Ethical Tech Advocate. Her 18-year career has spanned the tech and nonprofit sectors–centering on using data to help teams make informed decisions. From working in youth and community development to serving as a market and product data analyst for large retail and fashion brands while helping skill-up a distributed team. And most recently managing technical data projects and leading marketing/communications activities.

KATHRYN (KATY) RILEY

Katy Riley is Vice President of Finance and Administration for Parker Staffing Services. Katy brings 20+ years of corporate finance and venture capital experience to The Prosperity Agenda. She brings a strong balance between finance and strategy to her role on the board which stems from her work growing and developing small to mid-size businesses, including the sale of a Fortune 1000 company and multiple mergers and acquisitions with companies on the NASDAQ Stock Market. Katy’s a longstanding member of several local professional chapters and serves as an annual judge for the University of Washington Foster School of Business’ “Business Plan Competition.

LIDDY ROMERO

Liddy Romero is Managing Director and a Founding Member of WorkLab Innovations. In 2009, she founded the Colorado-based organization WorkLife Partnership, deploying the Sustainable Workforce Model. Building on her education, as well as her small business and nonprofit experience, Liddy helps lead the national effort to make this model accessible and effective throughout the U.S. In the previous eight years, Liddy has been a catalyst for change in the ways employers invest in their workforces to impact the bottom line and improve employee engagement and worker economic opportunities. Liddy has 14 years of experience working with government entities, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit sectors. She serves as an executive member of the Colorado Workforce Development Council, was an Aspen Institute Sector Skills Academy Marano Fellow, and is a 2017-2018 Aspen Institute Job Quality Fellow. She currently sits on the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Community Development Advisory Council. Liddy received a ROI Certification from the ROI Institute in May 2017. She holds a double Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Psychology from the University of Notre Dame.

Our Advisory Board

Welcome to our six new Advisory Board members, joining Crystal Hall, Lori Pfingst, and Ernesto Fonseca. Check back for profiles on each of these thought-leaders.

  • Anne Price: Insight Center (California)
  • Carlos David Garcia: Neighborhood Partnerships (Oregon)
  • Clair Minson: Sandra Grace Counseling & Consulting (Louisiana)
  • Kad Smith: Twelve26 Solutions (California)
  • Janice Ikeda: Vibrant Hawaii (Hawaii)
  • Nwando Obele: TSNE Missionworks (Massachusetts)

DR. ERNESTO FONSECA

Dr. Ernesto Fonseca is the Chief Executive Officer of Hacienda, an Oregon Community Development Corporation and Social Enterprise that advances the livability, health, and economic progress of underserved communities in the Pacific Northwest. Ernesto has dedicated the last 16 years of his career to the development of high-quality, affordable housing and social services in Mexico and the United States. Ernesto brings ample experience in community development, housing, and energy access from his time working with the Housing Authority of Maricopa County and the City of Avondale, and Arizona State University. Ernesto holds an MS in Energy Performance and Climate Responsive Architecture, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Design and Planning from Arizona State University.

DR. CRYSTAL C. HALL

Crystal C. Hall is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. Her research explores decision making in the context of poverty, using the methods of social and cognitive psychology, along with behavioral economics. This work has had a particular focus on financial decision making and economic opportunity for low-income families. In addition to broadening the theoretical understanding of the behavior of this population, her work has also explored new ways of incorporating these insights into policy design and implementation. She has a record of serving government agencies at the local, state, and federal level – having most recently served as a Fellow on the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team and the Federal Office of Evaluation Sciences. She is also an Academic Affiliate of ideas42, an organization with the goal of using behavioral science to address a wide range of social problems. She holds a BS in both Decision Science and Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and an MS and PhD in Psychology from Princeton University.

Dr. Lori Pfingst

Dr. Lori Pfingst oversees policy and program development for the state’s social benefit programs and supports efforts to reduce poverty and increase intergenerational well-being for kids and families. Her work has spanned a broad range of areas, including poverty, income inequality, labor markets, P-20 education, criminology, and epidemiology. She is a published author and storyteller, using the power of data paired with community voice to foster long-term, systems-level policy and program change for children and families throughout the state. Prior to her current role, Pfingst served as the Research & Policy Director for the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, as a research scientist with Public Health-Seattle & King County, and Assistant Director of Washington KIDS COUNT in the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. Pfingst received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Washington in 2010.  

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