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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.
Ernesto Fonseca is the Chief Executive Officer, Hacienda Community Development Corp, Ernesto joined Hacienda CDC as CEO in April 2017, bringing his passion for community development and a belief in the power of connecting families to opportunity. Ernesto’s own story reflects the potential that can be unleashed by investing in all our community members. Raised in a poor but loving family in central Mexico, Ernesto watched his parents take advantage of educational opportunities and their own initiative to build careers in construction and nursing. They passed on their values of hard work and education to their children, and Ernesto embraced those values to gain a foothold in this country by initially working in kitchens and restaurants as he pursued his educational goals, culminating with a PhD from Arizona State University in Environmental Design and Planning. During his time in Phoenix, he spearheaded initiatives to assess the health impacts of community development including gentrification, access to public transportation, and affordable housing, and helped to create the Stardust Center for Affordable Homes & the Family.
Crystal Hall joined the Evans School faculty in 2008. She teaches courses on psychology for policy analysis, decision theory, and quantitative analysis.
Her research explores decision making in the context of poverty, using the methods of social and cognitive psychology, along with behavioral economics. This work has had a particular focus on financial decision making and economic opportunity for low-income families. In addition to broadening the theoretical understanding of the behavior of this population, her work has also explored new ways of incorporating these insights into policy design and implementation. She has a record of serving government agencies at the local, state, and federal level – including having served as a Fellow on the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team and the Federal Office of Evaluation Sciences at the General Services Administration. She is also an Academic Affiliate of ideas42, and a Faculty Affiliate at the University of Washington's West Coast Poverty Center.
In addition to her academic work, Hall has provided guidance to community organizations and nonprofits seeking to implement tools from psychology and behavioral economics into the design and delivery of their programs and services. She has worked with organizations in Central New Jersey and Philadelphia, and more recently with members of the Washington Asset Building Coalition. At a national level, she has consulted with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Administration for Children and Families.
Hall holds a PhD and MA in Psychology from Princeton University. In addition, she holds a BS from Carnegie Mellon University in both decision science and policy and management.
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.
Liddy Romero is Managing Director and a Founding Member of WorkLab Innovations. In 2009, she founded the Colorado-based organization WorkLife Partnership, deploying the Sustainable Workforce Model. Building on her education, as well as her small business and nonprofit experience, Liddy helps lead the national effort to make this model accessible and effective throughout the U.S. In the previous eight years, Liddy has been a catalyst for change in the ways employers invest in their workforces to impact the bottom line and improve employee engagement and worker economic opportunities. Liddy has 14 years of experience working with government entities, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit sectors. She serves as an executive member of the Colorado Workforce Development Council, was an Aspen Institute Sector Skills Academy Marano Fellow, and is a 2017-2018 Aspen Institute Job Quality Fellow. She currently sits on the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Community Development Advisory Council. Liddy received a ROI Certification from the ROI Institute in May 2017. She holds a double Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Psychology from the University of Notre Dame.
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.