Deborah Cushing was named Executive Director of InvestED in August 2013. She brings a history of commitment to providing opportunities for a better life for low income children and families, including programs focused on education. Prior to joining InvestED Deborah was Executive Director of Washington Women in Need, a statewide organization that provides grants to low income women for education and health care; she also served as Executive Director of the Pioneer Square Community Development Corporation. She is on the board of directors of Independent Colleges of Washington. Prior to working in the nonprofit field Deborah was an attorney at Perkins Coie in Seattle. Her experience in public law and municipal finance included substantial projects benefiting communities throughout Washington.
Ghida Sinno is InvestED's Development Director and is fully invested in helping Washington state's student reach their full potential. Most recently, Ghida was the Individual Giving Director at Thrive, Washington ensuring that young children succeed in school and in life. Prior to that She was the Individual Giving Manager at the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas.
Judy Simpson was named Event Manager in 2013 to increase awareness and support statewide. She's enthusiastic about InvestED’s help moving students toward a brighter future. Her 15+ years of event experience includes The Museum of Flight, New Beginnings and Northwest Flower & Garden Show. Judy joined InvestED in July 2008 and continues to provide marketing, communications and Board support.
Two part-time staff provide a combined additional 25-30 hours of support each week: Cathy Roe (Accounting) and Jesica Avellone (Database Manager).
Many volunteers assist in many important tasks, including IT/web support, grant research and writing, marketing and communication outreach, fundraising and event coordination, database development, and office support.
In addition, InvestED draws support from a dedicated 16-member board, and other volunteers who serve in our statewide Educator Ambassador Program IDEA. Those members meet with our board twice a year to discuss statewide strategies for programming, fundraising, and supporting each other.