Staff

Caitlin Aylward

  • | Research Associate | (206) 805-6123
  • Caitlin Aylward, MPA, analyzes administrative data and manages research projects on family and youth homelessness.

Liza Burell

  • | Interim Executive Director | (206) 805-6143
  • Liza Burell, MSW, brings more than 18 years of experience working in homelessness to her role as Interim Executive Director. In her role as Program Director for Building Changes, she oversaw multiple program areas, including Schoolhouse Washington, the Washington Youth and Families Fund grant portfolio, and the Family Homelessness Initiative.

Terra Chen

  • | Senior Manager, Communications | (206) 805-6121
  • Terra Chen helps lead the development and implementation of communications strategies for Building Changes and Schoolhouse Washington, a project of Building Changes.

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) 805-6107
  • Emily Harris-Shears, MSW, leads capacity building, grantmaking and data-driven decision making initiatives, with a particular focus on Snohomish County.

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 Research Associate | (206) 805-6141
  • Matthew Lemon, MPA, helps lead the development and implementation of Building Changes' research on student homelessness.

Emily Mirra

  • | Senior Manager, Grantmaking & Capacity Building | (206) 805-6122
  • Emily Mirra leads capacity building, grantmaking, and data-driven decision-making initiatives, with a particular focus on Pierce County.

Klarissa Monteros

  • | Senior Manager, Grantmaking & Capacity Building | (206) 805-6135
  • Klarissa Monteros leads Washington Youth & Families Fund grantmaking and capacity building activities.
  • | 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.

Paul Paulson

  • | Operations & Technology Coordinator | (206) 805-6151
  • Paul Paulson provides general office support and coordinates operations and technology projects.

Annie Pennucci

  • | Director of Research & Evaluation | (206) 805-6124
  • Annie Pennucci, MPA, oversees oversees Research & Evaluation at Building Changes, including evaluation of grant projects and analysis of administrative datasets.

Bree Quatacker

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

Joyce Saldanha

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

Mehret Tekle-Awarun

  • | Senior Manager, Education Strategy | (206) 805-6155
  • Mehret Tekle-Awarun leads Building Changes' work in education and student homelessness, with a focus on our Schoolhouse Washington project.

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.

Daniel Zavala

  • | Director of Policy & Strategic Communications | (206) 805-6119
  • Daniel Zavala, JD, MA, oversees development and implementation of policy, advocacy and communications strategies in support of the mission and goals of Building Changes.