We are three education 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.
Nubia Lopez (she/her) has over 15 years of experience working at the intersection of community partnerships and education systems in Washington state. Currently, she is the Community Partner Liaison for the University of Washington’s College of Education, where she oversees internship placements across a broad network of educational partners. Her work is grounded in the belief that strong partnerships are the fuel required to develop high-quality and equitable education systems that all children and families deserve. Previously, Nubia worked at Puget Sound Educational Service District, where she managed program components across Head Start, ECEAP, and Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS). Nubia holds a master’s of Public Administration from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s in Political Science from California Polytechnic State University. Nubia is a parent of a vivacious toddler and enjoys hiking and camping in her spare time.
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 Maryland. 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.
This work is built on the work and wisdom of our mentors, partners, and teachers. We wish to especially acknowledge Arianna McLaren-Simpson (they/them), who served as our initial Research Associate, and was instrumental in our research and initial stakeholder outreach.