Staff

Caitlin Aylward

  • | Evaluation Associate | (206) 805-6123
  • Caitlin Aylward, MPA, monitors grant evaluations and provides support in reviewing research literature, measuring outcomes, and analyzing data.

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

  • | Senior Manager, Communications | (206) 805-6121
  • Terra Chen manages websites and digital and print collateral for Building Changes and Schoolhouse Washington, a project of Building Changes.

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) 805-6107
  • 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.

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 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.

Joyce Saldanha

  • | Accounting Coordinator | (206) 805-6120
  • Joyce Saldanha coordinates 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.