We are three independent consultants who are passionate about seeing this dream become reality.
Leslie Dozono (she/her) is a consultant in education policy, advocacy, organizational/coalition development and coordination with an emphasis in early learning. Her work focuses on the people, strategies, and tactics necessary to achieve results for children -- from conceiving of campaigns around state legislation to writing policy briefs, to creating and facilitating meeting and retreat agendas that help people build relationships and move work forward. Prior to becoming a consultant, Leslie was the Early Learning Policy Director at the Children's Alliance. In that role, she founded and developed the Early Learning Action Alliance, Washington's early learning advocacy coalition. She holds a master's of Public Administration from the University of Washington and a bachelor's from Scripps College. She is a founding member of the Womxn of Color in Education (WōCE) Committee, which operates under the OneAmerica Justice Fund. Leslie is also a parent of two young children.
Makeba Greene (she/her) is an independent talent strategy consultant and lecturer at the University of Washington's School of Social Work. Previously she worked as a Senior Associate at NPAG, a unique talent strategy firm dedicated to advancing equity within the nonprofit sector. Prior to her work with NPAG, Makeba coordinated a $60M portfolio for the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, working across early learning, U.S. education, and collective impact priorities. Makeba has also held positions within several Washington-based child advocacy organizations. She began her career as a high school history teacher in Baltimore, MD. Makeba holds dual bachelor's degrees from the University of Maryland and dual master's degrees in Public Administration and Social Work from the University of Washington. She currently serves as a board member for the Children's Alliance and the Mockingbird Society. Makeba is also a parent to three young children.
Arianna McLaren-Simpson (they/them) is a Child Family Welfare Social Worker for the Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families in Tumwater, Washington. Arianna is a recent graduate of the University of Washington's School of Social Work, where they were enrolled in the Child Welfare Training and Assistance Program (CWTAP), whose mission is to promote best practice in public child welfare by supporting a culturally competent, skill-based, and specialized workforce. As a social worker, Arianna works directly with families, children, and young people who are impacted by the child welfare system. Arianna is passionate about serving children and families in all capacities, specifically in early childhood, juvenile rehabilitation, and child welfare systems. Prior to graduate school, they spent several years working with children and families in Special Education and Behavioral Therapy settings. Arianna also holds a bachelor's in Psychology from California State University East Bay.