For agencies who serve families, we deliver pragmatic innovations in order to stop intergenerational poverty.
We believe poverty hurts us all.
People have potential, choice, responsibility.
We do what we do without judgment.
We advance work that is evidence-based.
Innovation Lab Director
Daan de Jong
Innovation Lab Research Specialist
Strategic Design Consultant
Board of Directors
Karen DeVilla comes to The Prosperity Agenda having spent 10 years with Northwest Education Loan Association (NELA), a not-for-profit student loan guarantor. Karen held key leadership positions while at NELA from the Executive Director, Senior Program Officer and VP, and Grants Manager. Her experience in the student loan business doesn't end there. She's clocked in 30 years securing federal support in six states, and coordinating and providing college access activities to low income students and practitioners. Karen is a true believer in education for all having dedicated her career to securing resources to make college a reality for thousands of youth.
CHRIStopher (Chris) INVERSO
Chris Inverso is Chief Operating Officer at Rainier Industries. Chris is an accomplished finance and banking professional with 7+ years of management and analysis experience, thatincludes facilitating business growth and success through relationship-driven business banking product offerings at Columbia Bank. Chris' dedication to his community is just as focused as his work in the financial field. He serves as a Volunteer Instructor for Junior Achievement of Washington and is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants. In 2012, Business Examiner recognized his professional accomplishments by selecting him as one of the South Sound’s “40 Under 40” group, comprised of outstanding business and community leaders.
Lauren McGowan is currently the Director of Basic Needs at United Way of King County, one of several positions she's held in the past 11 years. Her community leadership experience in the King County area includes spearheading the United Way's Ending Homelessness Campaign, chairing the board of directors at Solid Ground, and, launching programs that help low-income families build savings for education and homes. No doubt, our gain is having access to the knowledge she's compiled over the years, as well as her unmatched energy that brings ideas to life.
KATHRYN (Katy) RILEY
Katy Riley is Vice President of Finance and Administration for Parker Staffing Services. Katy brings 20+ years of corporate finance and venture capital experience to The Prosperity Agenda. She brings a strong balance between finance and strategy to her role on the board which stems from her work growing and developing small to mid-size businesses, including the sale of a Fortune 1000 company and multiple mergers and acquisitions with companies on the NASDAQ Stock Market. Katy's a longstanding member of several local professional chapters and serves as an annual judge for the University of Washington Foster School of Business' "Business Plan Competition.
Joe has ten years of finance experience across corporate finance, commercial lending and investment management. He is currently VP of Finance at Lighter Capital, a financial technology firm that lends to small businesses. Prior to Lighter, Joe was the Manager of Finance and Capital Markets at CAN Capital, an online lender in NYC. Joe also has several years of social impact professional experience, having worked at Imprint Capital, an impact investment advisory firm and Unitus, a nonprofit in the microfinance industry. Joe started his career at GE Capital, where he completed the Financial Management Program. Additionally, he has been involved in financial coaching across several organizations, having started a volunteer teaching program and advised other nonprofits. Joe holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and undergraduate business degree from the University of Washington.