Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is dedicated to transforming educational opportunities for students in Washington State as part of a larger solution for educational equity and access for all students.

Over the 2019-20 school year, Green Dot Washington transitioned its oversight and on-the-ground operations to support RVLA as a community-centered, standalone school. As such, it is adding greater representation, voice, and expertise from the Seattle community to its Board ensure more local school governance.

As of June 2020, Rainier Valley Leadership Academy is an independent, standalone school to reflect this change.

To access our board meeting agendas and minutes from November 1, 2019 on, please visit our board meeting platform.


Joe Hailey - Board Chair

Former Director of Development

Congregations for the Homeless

Joe Hailey was Director of Development for Congregations for the Homeless, a Bellevue, Washington-based non-profit focused on ending homelessness on King County’s east side. Prior to that assignment he served as Corporate Relations Officer for United Way of King County in Seattle, Washington. Joe joined the non-profit sector in 2011 after a decades-long career in the high tech sector during which he held positions of increasing responsibility with industry leaders such as IBM Corporation and Cisco Systems. He served as Director of Development for Evergreen Software Tools in Redmond, Washington, and held the same position at Sterling Software in San Bernardino, California. He was Senior Director, Product Development, at Solucient, LLC located in Bellevue Washington. As Senior Programmer-Manager, his last position at IBM, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of a 55-person software engineering team with a multi-million dollar departmental budget. While still at IBM, Joe also found time to co-own and operate a gourmet cookware store in Gilroy, California, and in later years owned and operated a full-service insurance and financial services agency located in Kirkland, Washington. Joe holds a BA in Applied Mathematics with departmental honors from the University of Laverne, located in Laverne, California; an MS in Applied Mathematics from Santa Clara University, located in Santa Clara, California; and is a graduate of United Way’s highly-coveted Project Lead program, an initiative designed to prepare people of color for non-profit board service and other positions of leadership within the community.


Natalie Hester

Statewide Organizing Director

Stand for Children


Maryam Mason

Lead Functional Analyst

Seattle Public Utilities


Vivian Hsu

Senior Strategy Officer

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


William Wang - Secretary


Angel Island Capital


Jeff Thiel


Carbon Innovation

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Reco O. Bembry

President and CEO, BCS CORP

Carol Peoples

Carol Peoples


Elijah Forde

Elijah Forde

Board Meetings

Board meetings are open to the public. Download agendas and meeting minutes here.

All GDPSW Board meetings are accessible by conference call.

Dial-in Number: (669)-900-6833
Meeting ID: 989-793-884

SEA Location:
6020 Rainier Ave. S,
Seattle, WA 98118

January 26, 2021 (Tuesday) – 4:00-5:00 PM

February 27, 2021 (Saturday)– 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

March 23*, 2021 (Tuesday) – 4:00-5:00 PM

April 27, 2021 (Tuesday) – 4:00-5:00 PM

May 25, 2021 (Tuesday) – 4:00-5:00 PM

June 15, 2021 (Tuesday) – 4:00-5:00 PM

July 27, 2021 (Tuesday) - 4:00-5:00 PM

August 24, 2021 (Tuesday) – 4:00-5:00 PM

September 28, 2021 (Tuesday) – 4:00-5:00 PM

October 26, 2021 (Tuesday) – 4:00-5:00 PM

November 23, 2021 (Tuesday) – 4:00-5:00 PM

December 14, 2021 (Tuesday) – 4:00-5:00 PM

*Times subject to be extended to accomodate annual board retreat. Updated times, dates and location will be posted according to WA OPMA.

To access our board meeting agendas and minutes from November 1, 2019 on, please visit our board meeting platform.


The Washington State Charter Schools Act requires charter schools to inform you of any ongoing litigation challenging the constitutionality of charters schools, or litigation that could require charter schools to cease operations.  You are, therefore, placed on notice that:

There currently no ongoing litigation challenging the constitutionality of charter schools or that might require charter schools to cease operating;

The case captioned LWV v. State, King County Superior Court Cause No. 13-2-24977-4, is still pending.  This is the case that resulted in the Supreme Court’s ruling that provisions of the previous Charter Schools Act violated some constitutional provisions.  Judgment has not yet been entered in that case;

List other ongoing litigation _______________.


According to Chapter 28A.505.040 RCW, Rainier Valley Leadership Academy is providing notice that the budget and summary of the four-year budget plan
have been completed and copies are available for public review. Requests can be made by emailing info@myrvla.org.