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2021 Keynote

Echohawk's education has been focused on organizational development and leadership; helping brilliant people do better work for the greater good. She is the co-founder and principal at Headwater People Consulting Group. Named as one of Seattle's most influential people by Seattle Magazine (November 2019) and one of Seattle Met Magazine's 50 most influential women in 2018, Echohawk has also been awarded the Adeline Garcia Community Service Award (2018), Antioch University's Public Service Award (2018), and Crosscut Media's Courage Award for Public Service (2016). Under Echohawk's leadership, Chief Seattle Club received the Puget Sound Sage Visionary for Justice Award (2019), Seattle Community Law Center's Equity Award (2018), the Neighborhood Builder Award (2017), and Municipal League of King County's Organization of the Year (2016). Colleen Echohawk serves on many local boards, including a Mayoral appointment to the Community Police Commission. Other board affiliations include Seattle Foundation, KUOW (National Public Radio member station,) Downtown Seattle Association, and All-Home Coordinating Board. She is also the former board chair at Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre and a former board member at the Pioneer Square Preservation Board. In her spare time, she loves to read, sing karaoke, listen to National Public Radio and cook delicious food for her friends and family. Echohawk is a proud mom to two children and is married to Matt Hayashi.

2021 Speakers

Christy Briggs

Rachael Coccia

This experience led her to pursue a Master's in Marine Conservation and Policy at Stony Brook University where she worked at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and completed her capstone with Surfrider's Eastern Long Island Chapter. Upon graduation, she joined The Ocean Project as the Director of Youth Initiatives where she managed the World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council and collaborated with other global youth empowerment programs.

Yolanda Cole

She has spent much of her ULI tenure focused on housing policy, having spearheaded the 2019 Housing Attainability Study and the 2015 and 2018 Millennials Inside the Beltway research. She continues to follow her passion to improve the entitlement and community engagement processes in the region and to explore new housing prototypes through Hickok Cole. In addition to her leadership in the real estate and design professions, Yolanda is a founding board member of the DC Concert Orchestra Society and serves as the orchestra's Chair of Development and Principal Flutist.

Becca Fong

Roger Frechette

Julia Goldstein

Mami Hara

Moji Igun

Andres Jimenez

Harry Johnson

Rob Johnson

Pat Kaufman

Olga Kachook

Brent Kawamura

Janice Lachance

Prior to her work in the not-for-profit sector, Janice was nominated by President William Clinton and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Cabinet-ranked Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the federal government's independent human resources agency responsible for all policy and programs affecting the 2.1 million members of the nation's civil service. Janice also served as Chair of the National Labor-Management Partnership Council, a member of the President's Management Council, a Commissioner of the White House Fellows program, and a member of the President's Council on the 2000 Presidential Transition. Prior to becoming Director, Janice served as OPM's Director of Communications and Policy, Chief of Staff, and Deputy Director. Janice is credited with numerous seminal achievements at OPM, including: reformulating the agency's mission and strategy as well as re-engineering its 3,700 employee organizational structure and culture; expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act to permit the use of sick leave to care for a newborn, adopted child, or ailing family member; instituting affordable long-term care insurance for 20 million federal employees, members of the armed services, retirees and their families; making innovative and cost-effective improvements in health insurance and retirement programs; dramatically increasing outreach and recruitment efforts to first-job employees from underrepresented populations; and, establishing USAJOBS.GOV, the Federal Government's official source for federal job listings and employment opportunity information which attracts more than 20 million visits annually. As a cabinet-ranked member of the Clinton Administration leadership team, Janice was appointed by the President to lead five US diplomatic missions, including to the Republic of China, the People's Republic of China and Israel. Her experience in the not-for-profit sector includes service as the Interim Executive Director of the American Library Association's Washington Office, where she served as chief strategist and spokesperson for America's libraries and their users before Congress and the Executive branch of the federal government. Prior to her work at ALA, she was Interim President of the Better Business Bureau Institute for Marketplace Trust, the BBB foundation implementing programs in consumer protection, financial literacy, organizational and leadership ethics, and research based on the BBB's proprietary data. She navigated a successful leadership transition as Interim President and CEO of the Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals International, which represents a global profession of best-in-class customer care experts across all industries. Before her service at SOCAP, she served as CEO of the Special Libraries Association for more than 10 years, leading the global association of 8,000 librarians and information professionals and their business partners located in 75 countries. A leader in her profession, a dedicated volunteer and trusted advisor, she is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of the Wise Giving Alliance, a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives, a member of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Education Value Commission. She was the 2017-2018 President of ASPA - the American Society for Public Administration - and received the Society's Elmer B Staats Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020. Born and raised in Biddeford, Maine, and the first in her extended family to attend college, Janice graduated from Manhattanville College and earned her law degree from Tulane University. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Maine, the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court.

Chaun MacQueen

She also has experience with stakeholder engagement, coalition building and startup of new social and environmental impact initiatives both stateside and abroad. Chaun has an M.S. in environmental studies from the University of Oregon and she graduated from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a B.S in Natural Resource Management and Environment & Forest Biology. She also served as a community forestry Peace Corps Volunteer in Far-western Nepal (1997-1999).

Kelsey Moldenke

Stephanie Prufer

Molly Ray
Dana Clare Redden

Rajinder Sahota

Sarah Severn Leslie Short

Stacy Smedley

Rachael Terada

Heather Trim

Tom Wolf

Laura Zapata

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