Board and Staff

Kelli Smith,
Higher Education Policy Associate

Higher education policy research and analysis, Pay It Forward

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Kelli earned her law degree at University of California, Davis, where she co-founded the ACLU at King Hall. She holds a Bachelor's degree in both Linguistics and Psychology from University of California, Davis. Prior to joining EOI, Kelli practiced appellate, housing, family, and civil rights law. She is also a member of Legal Voice's Self-Help Committee.

Sam Hatzenbeler,
Development Manager

Development and Fundraising

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Sam Hatzenbeler holds a Master of Public Health from the Community Oriented Public Health Practice program and a B.A. in Gender Studies, both from the University of Washington. Sam started her work with EOI in 2014 as a Graduate Policy Intern and then transitioned to Communications Manager, both with a strong focus on building women’s economic security. Prior to joining the EOI team, Sam worked as Program Evaluator at Entre Hermanos, Clinic Manager at Seattle Medical and Wellness Clinic, Community Organizer at Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project, and spent four years as a Women and Children’s Advocate at New Beginnings.

Aaron Keating,
Managing Director/ Communications Director

Communications, Finance & Operations, Human Resources

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Aaron Keating holds a Master of Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, and a B.A. in Music from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. Before joining EOI, Aaron worked as Communications and Technology Manager for Port Jobs, Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Environmental Law and Policy, and Program Director at the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties.

John Burbank,
Executive Director

Retirement Security, Higher Education, Early Learning

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John Burbank has a Master of Public Administration from the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington and a B.A. from Evergreen State College. Before founding EOI, John was project manager of the Sand Point Community Housing Association, political director of the Washington State Labor Council, staff coordinator for the Washington State Senate, and director for the Community Labor Coalition in Rhode Island. He speaks Finnish and has published in the Journal of Finnish Studies. John is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Marilyn Watkins,
Policy Director

Economy, Public Revenue, Work and Family

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Marilyn Watkins joined EOI in 1999. She is a member of the Graduate Faculty and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services at the UW, and has been appointed to the City of Seattle Gender Pay Equity Taskforce (2013-14), the Governor’s Commission on Transforming Washington’s Budget (2010), the Joint Legislative Taskforce on Family Leave Insurance (2007), and serves on the executive committee of Family Values @ Work Multi-State Consortium. Before joining EOI, Marilyn worked as a historical consultant for Northwest tribes and taught courses in Pacific Northwest and American women's history. She earned a B.A. in Social Studies at Harvard and Ph.D. in History at the University of Michigan.

Gabriela Quintana,
Washington Work & Family Coalition Organizer

Grassroots organizing, outreach and community building

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Gabriela earned a Masters of Social Work from Boston University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Washington. Prior to joining EOI, Gabriela managed her own consulting business where she worked on social and racial justice issue such as the panhandling ordinance in Seattle, the voting restoration rights bill in Olympia as well as on some state-wide initiatives such as the domestic partnership and the anti-liquor privatization initiatives.

Board of Directors


Stan Sorscher, President | Labor Representative, SPEEA | Seattle, WA

Lynne Dodson, Vice-President | Secretary-Treasurer, Washington State Labor Council | Seattle, Washington

Matt Loschen, Treasurer | Redmond, Washington

Andrew Gordon, Secretary | Professor of Public Policy, Evans School of Public Policy, University of Washington | Seattle, Washington

Dawn Trudeau, At-Large Executive Committee | Co-owner, Seattle Storm | Carnation, Washington


Jessie Baines | Graduate student, Seattle University | Seattle, Washington

Dean Baker | Co-director, Center for Economic Policy and Research | Washington, D.C.

Larry Brown | Legislative and Political Action Director | IAM Local 751 | Renton, Washington

Hans Dunshee | State Representative | Snohomish, Washington

Makini Howell | Owner: Hillside Quickie, Plum Bistro, Quickie Too, Sage Bakery & Cafe | Seattle, Washington

Karen Keiser | Washington State Senator | Des Moines, Washington

Elizabeth Woody Lindquist | Attorney, Lindquist Law, PLLC | Seattle, Washington

Madeline Otto Grant | Health Care and Health Policy Expert | Seattle, Washington

Rod Regan | Managing Director of Advocacy/Organizing, Communications and Public Policy Centers, Washington Education Association (WEA) | Federal Way, Washington

Dave Ross | Talk Show Host, KIRO Radio | Mercer Island, Washington

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | Co-founder and Executive Director, | Kirkland, Washington

Teresita Torres | Waypoint Consulting Group | Seattle, Washington

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