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!
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.
Alex has managed the people and finances of companies large and small for 17 years. She speaks French and graduated from UC Santa Cruz with BA in creative writing and English literature.
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.
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.
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.
A Senior at Meadowdale High School, Isbah is on our Youth Advisory Board and works during After School Tutoring to mentor younger students and completes administrative tasks. She is the President of the National Honors Society at her school and an editor at her school paper.
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.
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.
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.
A true Jane of all trades, May earned her BS in marine biology at University of California, Santa Cruz. She is a producer, writer, and performer with various theater groups and she has worked as a trace metals chemist.
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.
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.
Board of Directors
Executive Director of 826 Seattle and board member emeritus
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
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
Wilson College trustee, board president of The Healing Center, grandmother and former corporate attorney
Software and content development manager in Microsoft’s Windows Experiences group
Northwest native, mom, and Founding Executive Director of Summer Search Seattle, currently Summer Program Coordinator for Summer Search National
Playwright, teacher and chair of the English Department at Lakeside Middle School
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
Special Assistant to the CEO, Washington State Health Benefits Exchange
Senior Officer, Community Leadership at The Seattle Foundation
Retired from careers in advertising and importing custom-made rugs from Nepal; currently editor of the Rainier Scholars newsletter
Recruitment Director at City Year Seattle/King County, ultimate (frisbee) coach at Franklin High School and Youth Strategic Committee member at the Northwest Ultimate Association (DiscNW)
Part of the creative team for Sasquatch! Music Festival, army brat, mom, lover of good books and great music
Novelist, short story writer, and essayist
Managing Director and Founder of Ignition Capital and Qiming Ventures China; board member Oriental Cambridge Schools, China; former General Manager of Global Campaigns, Microsoft.
Journalist and Author
Author, Founder of 826 National and McSweeney’s Publishing
Director, Strategic Programs, Microsoft
U.W. Center for Educational Leadership
Founder, Powerful Writers
Public Radio Librarian and Author
Founder, Seattle Arts & Lectures
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.
To get involved, you need to apply at the beginning of the school year. Applications for the 2012-2013 year are closed at this time, but if you wish to be considered for next year, email Sue Spang.
Our 2012-2013 YAB:
Segan Araya - 8th Grade, Broadview-Thomson K-8
Isbah Barlas - Senior, Meadowdale High School
Ryan Bui - Sophomore, Blanchet High School
Lucy Corbitt - Junior, Center School High School
Osa Goldfarb - Sophomore, Center School High School
Isaac Jaeger - Senior, Inglemoor High School
Jinhee Jung - 8th Grade, Whitman Middle School
David Kim - Sophomore, Garfield High School
Isaac Kim - 8th Grade, Hamilton Middle School
Laura Malatos - 8th Grade, Northwest School
Cece Rosenman - Freshman, Mercer Island High School
Rachel Witus - Junior, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences
Sam Zagula - Sophomore, Northwest School