board of directors

KAREN DEVILLA

Karen DeVilla comes to The Prosperity Agenda having spent 10 years with Northwest Education Loan Association (NELA), a not-for-profit student loan guarantor. Karen held key leadership positions while at NELA from the Executive Director, Senior Program Officer and VP, and Grants Manager. Her experience in the student loan business doesn’t end there. She’s clocked in 30 years securing federal support in six states, and coordinating and providing college access activities to low income students and practitioners. Karen is a true believer in education for all having dedicated her career to securing resources to make college a reality for thousands of youth.

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.

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.

CHRISTOPHER (CHRIS) INVERSO

Chris Inverso is Chief Operating Officer at Rainier Industries. Chris is an accomplished finance and banking professional with 7+ years of management and analysis experience, thatincludes facilitating business growth and success through relationship-driven business banking product offerings at Columbia Bank. Chris’ dedication to his community is just as focused as his work in the financial field. He serves as a Volunteer Instructor for Junior Achievement of Washington and is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants. In 2012, Business Examiner recognized his professional accomplishments by selecting him as one of the South Sound’s “40 Under 40” group, comprised of outstanding business and community leaders.

LAUREN MCGOWAN

Lauren McGowan is currently the Director of Basic Needs at United Way of King County, one of several positions she’s held in the past 11 years. Her community leadership experience in the King County area includes spearheading the United Way’s Ending Homelessness Campaign, chairing the board of directors at Solid Ground, and, launching programs that help low-income families build savings for education and homes. No doubt, our gain is having access to the knowledge she’s compiled over the years, as well as her unmatched energy that brings ideas to life.

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.

The TPA Team

Alicia Atkinson

Innovation Lab Director

Rachel Brooks

Program Director

Diana Dollar

Executive Director

Daan De Jong

Evaluation Lead

Devin Stubblefield

Lead Consulting Trainer

David Hartman

Consulting Trainer

Lisa Roy

Consulting Trainer

Lauren Broomall

Strategic Design Consultant

Sylvia Raskin

Program Designer

Peter Moon

Strategic Design Consultant

Kim Tully

Facilitator & Trainer

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