Our Staff & Leadership

A highly skilled, energetic and committed group of folks keeps 826 Seattle humming. Our team represents a fabulously diverse group of thinkers, educators, and engaged citizens who are ready to converse with you...in any number of languages!

Our Staff & Leadership

Staff

Teri Hein
Executive Director
826 Seattle’s executive director taught for 25 years before starting 826 Seattle. She is a published author of numerous essays and stories including her memoir, Atomic Farmgirl. Teri has won awards for both her writing and teaching, including a Fulbright Scholarship for research into different educational styles in Latin America. She converses comfortably in Spanish.
teri@826seattle.org

Peggy Jackson
Director of Development
Peggy has worked in development for Seattle-area educational nonprofits for over 6 years after 11 years at Microsoft, with a focus on internal marketing, communication and training. She holds a BA in French from the University of Washington.
peggy@826seattle.org

Justin Allan-Spencer
Store and Design Manager
Justin has worked as a designer for over a decade and has 15 years experience in the niche retail industry. He has taken performance production and art classes at Cornish College of the Arts and Everett Community College.
justin@826seattle.org

Melat Assefa
Youth Mentor
A junior at Ballard high school, Melat has been participating in 826 Seattle events since 2005. She plays tennis and is active in Ballard High’s Academy of Finance. She also mentors incoming freshman through her school's Link Crew.

Humaira Barlas
Bookkeeper
Humaira received her MBA in marketing from the University of Hartford, CT and a Bachelors of Commerce from Hailey College of Commerce in Pakistan. Before coming to 826 Seattle, she worked for the Lupus Foundation for nine years. She can communicate in English, Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi.
humaira@826seattle.org

Rebecca Brinson
Interim Volunteer and Outreach Manager
Rebecca is an editor and literary arts administrator. In addition to her 826 Seattle role, she is the Managing Director of Seattle City of Literature, the organization shepherding Seattle's bid to join UNESCO's Creative Cities Network. In August 2005, Rebecca had the proud, accidental honor of being the first person to fill out 826 Seattle's online volunteer application.
rebecca@826seattle.org

Alicia Craven
Programs Manager
Alicia taught English and elementary science abroad in Thailand and Ecuador for two years before returning to the northwest. Her BA in Spanish literature, political science and psychology is from the University of Oregon Honors College as well as her ELL certification. She converses comfortably in Spanish.
alicia@826seattle.org

Leena Joshi
Development Associate
Leena has been working with Seattle-area non-profits for 3 years, with stints at KEXP and the Seattle International Film Festival's development and publicity teams. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, and can converse comfortably in Marathi, an Indian dialect.
leena@826seattle.org

Leslie McCallum
Operations Assistant
Leslie is gifted at creating signs, birthday cards, banners and theme apparel. She has no fear of tall ladders, small repairs, and organizing databases. Her career started at 826 Seattle as a volunteer and she is currently indispensable as our OA.
leslie@826seattle.org

Haddy Njie
Youth Mentor
Haddy is a sophomore at Ingraham high school. When she is not competing with her ultimate frisbee team, Haddy participates in Fandom club and does her homework. She has been attending 826 Seattle tutoring since last year and hopes to be a nurse someday.

Sean Palmer
Store Assistant
Sean has worked as a music journalist, designed several websites, and studied astronomy. He has been involved in the Seattle arts community for the last ten years, two of which were spent volunteering in the Greenwood Space Travel Supply store.
sean@826seattle.org

Sue Spang
Programs Coordinator
Sue has a BA in Classical Language and Literature from Lawrence University in addition to graduate work in Book History and Print Culture at the University of Toronto. More recently, she has worked as a college admissions counselor and an independent school instructor.
sue@826seattle.org

Steve Yasukawa
Programs Coordinator
Steve has a BA in elementary education from Knox College and has taught in grades K through 5 in both independent and public schools in Seattle. He is endorsed in elementary education and teaching English Language Learners (ELL) and has led science activities around Washington State with local nonprofits.
steve@826seattle.org

Board of Directors

Teri Hein
Executive Director of 826 Seattle and board member emeritus

Deborah Clothier
Retired attorney at Yarmuth Wilsdon Calfo, volunteer in development work at the Northwest African American Museum, and member of the Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park Committee

Howard Cutler
Former Director and Executive Producer of Interactive Media at WGBH Boston, member and former chair of Plan USA’s Board of Directors, and elected rep to Plan International’s governing body

Ted Dworkin
Software and content development manager in Microsoft’s Windows Experiences group

Caroline Dodge
Former Promotions and Events Director of The Stranger, current Community Engagement Director of KUOW 94.9FM

Mia Ellis
Northwest native, mom, and Founding Executive Director of Summer Search Seattle, currently Summer Program Coordinator for Summer Search National

Ramon Esquivel
Playwright, teacher and chair of the English Department at Lakeside Middle School

Steve Feth
Currently a Manager of Planning at REI in Seattle with twenty years of retail experience in product management and financial planning for different retailers around the country

Pam MacEwan
Special Assistant to the CEO, Washington State Health Benefits Exchange

Caroline Maillard
Senior Officer, Community Leadership at The Seattle Foundation

Lynn Resnick
Part of the creative team for Sasquatch! Music Festival, army brat, mom, lover of good books and great music

Tom Robbins
Novelist, short story writer, and essayist

John Zagula
Managing Director and Founder of Ignition Capital and Qiming Ventures China; board member Oriental Cambridge Schools, China; former General Manager of Global Campaigns, Microsoft.

Lindsay Hill
Former 4th-grade teacher, proud mom, and the founding Executive Director of Teach For America – Washington

Advisory Council

Timothy Egan
Journalist and Author

Dave Eggers
Author, Founder of 826 National and McSweeney’s Publishing

David Guterson
Author

Cyndee Kraiger
Director, Strategic Programs, Microsoft

John Morefield
U.W. Center for Educational Leadership

Anne Mulherkar
Founder, Powerful Writers

Nancy Pearl
Public Radio Librarian and Author

Sherry Prowda
Founder, Seattle Arts & Lectures

Shawn Rediger
Partner at Williams Kastner Law Firm

Youth Advisory Board

Our Youth Advisory Board is a group of motivated high school students providing 826 Seattle a student’s perspective on programs while also serving as mentors and role models for other students. We are proud of our diverse, committed group of youth who advise us on programming, do outreach in their schools, represent 826 Seattle in the community and act as an editorial board for our publications. And, we often do all of this while enjoying a slice (or two) of pizza.

Students who participate as active members of the Youth Advisory Board receive community service credits for their efforts.

We will begin accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year in the summer.

Our 2013-2014 YAB:

Melat Assefa - Senior, Ballard High School
Finn Colando - Senior, The Center School
Lucy Corbit - Senior, The Center School 
Brook Geleta - Freshman, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences
Laura Malatos - Sophomore, Northwest School
Haddy Njie - Sophomore, Ingraham High School
Cece Rosenman - Junior, Mercer Island High School
Jasmine Sun - Sophomore, Interlake High School
Sam Zagula - Senior, Northwest School