Staff

Luanda Arai

  • | Senior Manager, Grantmaking & Capacity Building | (206) 805-6135
  • Luanda Arai leads capacity building and grantmaking activities outside of King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties.

Liza Burell

  • | Program Director | (206) 805-6143
  • Liza Burell, MSW, oversees program work, including Schoolhouse Washington, Washington Youth and Families Fund grant portfolio, Family Homelessness Initiative, and results-based leadership projects.

Terra Chen

  • | Communications Manager | (206) 805-6121
  • Terra Chen manages Building Changes' website, digital and print collateral, and other communications activities.
  • | Director, Strategic Communications & Development | (206) 805-6119
  • Christena Coutsoubos, MNPL, oversees multiple areas including Relationship Management, Development and Strategic Communications.
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Lydia DeVita

  • | Senior Manager, Finance and Operations | (206) 805-6145
  • Lydia DeVita leads the development and implementation of accounting systems and oversees general operations.

Jessamyn Findlay

  • | Grants Manager | (206) 805-6132
  • Jessamyn Findlay, MSW, manages administrative components of grantmaking, including contractual, financial, reporting, monitoring, and database management.

Molly Franey

  • | Senior Manager, Development | (206) 805-6139
  • Molly Franey leads annual giving efforts and strategies that build strong relationships with individual donors and corporate and foundation supporters.

Emily Harris-Shears

  • | Senior Manager, Grantmaking & Capacity Building | (206) 805-6133
  • Emily Harris-Shears, MSW, leads capacity building, grantmaking and data-driven decision making initiatives, with a particular focus on Snohomish County.

Helen Howell

  • | Executive Director | (206) 805-6134
  • Helen Howell brings more than 25 years of public policy, advocacy and leadership experience to her role as Executive Director of Building Changes. She served on the Building Changes board for three years before being selected as the organization’s third Executive Director in 2015.
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Katara Jordan

  • | Senior Manager, Policy & Advocacy | (206) 805-6112
  • Katara Jordan, JD, MSW, leads the agency's policy and advocacy work, as well as initiatives focused on student homelessness.

Matthew Lemon

  • | Senior Evaluation Associate | (206) 805-6141
  • Matthew Lemon, MPA, helps lead the development and implementation of Building Changes' measurement, learning and evaluation plan.

William Lira-Nichols

  • | Administrative Coordinator | (206) 805-6151
  • William Lira-Nichols provides general office support and coordinates daily operations.

Emily Mirra

  • | Senior Manager, Grantmaking & Capacity Building | (206) 805-6122
  • Emily Mirra leads capacity-building and technical assistance in the areas of rapid re-housing and systems alignment.
  • | Chief Financial Officer | (206) 805-6115
  • Armilito J Pangilinan, CPA, oversees Finance, Human Resources, and Operations.
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Mandy Park

  • | Executive Assistant | (206) 805-6128
  • Mandy Park, MA, provides administrative and programmatic support to the Executive Director, Leadership Team and Board of Directors.

Annie Pennucci

  • | Director of Measurement, Learning & Evaluation | (206) 805-6124
  • Annie Pennucci, MPA, oversees Measurement, Learning and Evaluation and ongoing research activities.

Bree Quatacker

  • | Administrative Coordinator | (206) 805-6144
  • Bree Quatacker provides support to the Program Director, Director of Strategic Communications & Development, and Director of Measurement, Learning & Evaluation.

Sarah Cotton Rajski

  • | Senior Manager, Grantmaking & Capacity Building | (206) 805-6123
  • Sarah Cotton Rajski, MPA, leads the agency’s Results Based Leadership work, a strategy that supports leaders to catalyze measurable results.

Joyce Saldanha

  • | Accounting Coordinator | (206) 805-6120
  • Joyce Saldanha coordinates essential accounting functions and supports account analysis, research, and process improvement.

Megan Veith

  • | Policy & Research Associate | (206) 805-6163
  • Megan Veith, JD, conducts policy and research to inform Building Changes’ legislative priorities and measurement, learning, and evaluation work.