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Patrick D’Amelio

Patrick D’Amelio serves as WA Charters’ Chief Executive Officer. D’Amelio, who joined WA Charters in May 2017, brings a long track record of increasing high-quality educational opportunities…

Patrick D’Amelio serves as WA Charters’ Chief Executive Officer. D’Amelio, who joined WA Charters in May 2017, brings a long track record of increasing high-quality educational opportunities for students in Washington, and comes to WA Charters with more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience in education and youth development.

Consistent with WA Charters’ mission – to advocate for and support high quality charter public schools that meet the needs of historically underserved students – D’Amelio has dedicated his career to bringing educational opportunities and critical developmental support to children, particularly those with the greatest needs and fewest resources.

Prior to leading WA Charters, Patrick held a highly successful five-year post as CEO at Washington STEM. When D’Amelio joined Washington STEM in 2012, statewide awareness of STEM education was low, at just 32%. Today, 94% of Washington voters believe that every child in the state should have access to a high-quality STEM education in Washington’s K-12 public schools. Under D’Amelio’s leadership, Washington STEM  raised and leveraged more than $50 million through connections with private and public donors, the impact of which has been an extraordinary increase in the number of students able to access STEM education, particularly those in low-income communities and from communities of color. Additionally, during D’Amelio’s tenure, Washington STEM has established and maintained 10 regional STEM networks that connect business, education, and community leaders to support STEM education at the local level.

D’Amelio’s work over the past two decades in the nonprofit space reflects his unwavering commitment to ensuring that every young person has an opportunity to succeed in life. As President and CEO for the Alliance for Education, D’Amelio executed strategic planning to reframe the mission of helping students in Seattle Public Schools achieve academic success, and he worked with varying interests to support their common vision. During his tenure at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, D’Amelio oversaw the pairing of caring adult mentors with young people while growing programs, increasing revenues, and balancing budgets.

In his free time, Patrick, a Seattle native, enjoys travel, outdoor recreation, and spending time with his husband Jeff and their children Etta and Dylan. Contact Patrick at patrick@wacharters.org.

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Constance Awenasa

Constance is the Director of Operations and Assistant to the CEO at WA Charters. She is responsible for managing day-to-day operations and supporting the CEO,…

Constance is the Director of Operations and Assistant to the CEO at WA Charters. She is responsible for managing day-to-day operations and supporting the CEO, Board of Directors, and staff in their mission to advocate for and support high-quality charter public schools that meet the needs of historically underserved students.

Constance brings 18 years of experience supporting education and youth development nonprofits. Prior to joining WA Charters, Constance served as CEO Patrick D’Amelio’s executive assistant at Washington STEM, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, and the Alliance for Education.

A Seattle native, Constance loves road trips, exploring the deserts of the Southwest, making and collecting art, and volunteer work. Contact Constance at constance@wacharters.org.

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Rekha Bhatt

Rekha serves as the Chief Program Officer at WA Charters. Rekha joined WA Charters in September 2014 leading our member services, school incubation and Strong Start program…

Rekha serves as the Chief Program Officer at WA Charters. Rekha joined WA Charters in September 2014 leading our member services, school incubation and Strong Start program for newly operating schools. Prior to joining WA Charters, she was a founding Director of Curriculum and Instruction at an independent charter school in Brooklyn, New York, and later served as the school’s Director of Operations. Rekha began her career in education in West Philadelphia, where she taught high school English and earned her M.S.Ed at the University of Pennsylvania. Rekha is committed to working for equity in public education to improve outcomes for all students. Contact Rekha at rekha@wacharters.org.

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Nancy Durham

Nancy is the Finance Manager at WA Charters. Nancy became involved in public education and youth development while working at the KIPP Foundation and the…

Nancy is the Finance Manager at WA Charters. Nancy became involved in public education and youth development while working at the KIPP Foundation and the Forum for Youth Investment, which provide education and programs to underserved communities throughout the nation. Inspired by the dedication of the students in charter school communities, Nancy returned to college after a decade-long hiatus to earn a degree in Accounting from Bowie State University, a historically black university in Bowie, MD. Email Nancy at nancy@wacharters.org.

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Francesca McDaniel

Francesca, or Franki, serves as WA Charters’ Parent Engagement and Advocacy Coordinator. Previously, Franki worked within Seattle Public Schools, facilitating family and student engagement and…

Francesca, or Franki, serves as WA Charters’ Parent Engagement and Advocacy Coordinator. Previously, Franki worked within Seattle Public Schools, facilitating family and student engagement and created professional development programming focusing on race and equity. She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Seattle Pacific University, where she focused on public policy and women’s studies. Franki is a strong advocate for quality public education, women’s rights, and race and equity, having previously volunteered with organizations in her hometown of Los Angeles, and is currently active as a volunteer to local efforts here in Seattle. Email Franki at francesca@wacharters.org.

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Maggie Meyers

As the Director of Communications, Maggie drives the development of, manages, and implements all communications functions at WA Charters to broaden the reach and deepen…

As the Director of Communications, Maggie drives the development of, manages, and implements all communications functions at WA Charters to broaden the reach and deepen the impact of the organization’s messaging and programming. Maggie received her B.A. from Bowdoin College and earned her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree from the University of Washington, where she specialized in the area of Language, Literacy and Culture. Maggie is deeply committed to reducing inequities and closing opportunity and achievement gaps, and this commitment drives her work at WA Charters. Maggie has worked in marketing and children’s book publishing, as a magazine coordinator, a substitute teacher, and for the Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center. She joined WA Charters in February 2014. Email Maggie at maggie@wacharters.org

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Mitch Price

Mitch serves as Director of Policy and Government Relations, and is a founding team member of WA Charters. Previously, he worked on the successful statewide ballot…

Mitch serves as Director of Policy and Government Relations, and is a founding team member of WA Charters. Previously, he worked on the successful statewide ballot measure campaign in support of Initiative 1240, which authorized the creation of charter public schools in Washington. Prior to that, Mitch was a researcher at the University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education, where his work focused on education law and policy. Mitch has also worked as an attorney, a college admissions and financial aid counselor, and a substitute teacher. Email Mitch at mitch@wacharters.org.

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