Retirement Security, Higher Education, Early Learning
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.
Economy, Taxes, Workplace
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 Governor’s Commission on Transforming Washington’s Budget (2010), the Joint Legislative Taskforce on Family Leave Insurance (2007), the Seattle Public Library Strategic Advisory Committee (2010), 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.
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 Tacoma-Kitsap County.
Senior Policy Associate
Retirement Security, Early Learning
Gary Burris earned a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a BA from The Evergreen State College. Prior to joining EOI, Gary was the Assistant Director for Quality in the Department of Early Learning. He also worked for the Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Child Care and Early Learning, the Oregon Commission on Children and Families, The Evergreen State College's Center for Educational Improvement and the Washington legislature.
Tatsuko Go Hollo,
Workplace, Health, Economy
Tatsuko earned a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Washington and a BA in Biology and Psychology from the University of Colorado. Before joining EOI, Tatsuko served in AmeriCorps, working with homeless and low-income families. She also worked with the Public Policy and Government Relations team at United Way of King County, where she assisted with policy advocacy efforts to support at-risk communities.
Emily W. Groves joins EOI after launching Sacred Valley Health, a community health education organization based in Ollantaytambo, Peru. Prior to her work in Peru, Emily spent four years as Manager of Special Projects in the Center on Children and Families at The Brookings Institution and a year in Germany as a Fulbright Scholarship recipient. She holds a B.A. in English from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.
Strategic Planning, Media Relations, Online Content
Maggie earned her BA in International Relations from Franklin College Switzerland. Prior to joining EOI, Maggie worked at Nyhus Communications where she supported public affairs initiatives for clients in health care and land use. Maggie also currently serves as the communications chair for the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington, a multi-partisan organization working to get more women elected to public office.
Board of Directors
Stan Sorscher, President | Labor Representative, SPEEA | Seattle, WA
Lynne Dodson, Vice-President | Secretary-Treasurer, Washington State Labor Council | Seattle, Washington
Sandeep Kaushik, Treasurer | Independent Consultant | Seattle, Washington
Matt Loschen, Secretary | Redmond, Washington
Andrew Gordon, At-Large Executive Committee | 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
Dean Baker | Co-director, Center for Economic Policy and Research | Washington, D.C.
Larry Brown | Legislative and Political Action Director | IAM Local 751 | Renton, WA
Hans Dunshee | State Representative | Snohomish, Washington
Makini Howell | Owner: Hillside Quickie, Plum Bistro, Quickie Too, Sage Bakery & Cafe | Seattle, WA
Karen Keiser | Washington State Senator | Des Moines, Washington
Elizabeth Woody Lindquist | Attorney, Lindquist Law, PLLC | Seattle, Washington
LeAnne Moss | Co-Founder and Director, Leading from the Heart | Seattle, Washington
Tina Orwall | Representative, 33rd District | Des Moines, Washington
Madeline Otto | Director of Federal Government Relations, Group Health Cooperative
Mike Ragan | Vice President, Washington Education Association (WEA) | Kennewick, Washington
Dave Ross | Talk Show Host, KIRO Radio | Mercer Island, Washington
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner | Co-founder and Executive Director, MomsRising.org | Kirkland, Washington
Pat Thompson | Deputy Director, AFSCME Council 2 | Everett, Washington
Teresita Torres | Legislative Affairs Coordinator/Staff Attorney, Teamsters Local Union No. 117 | Tukwila, Washington
Misha Werschkul | Senior Manager for State Legislative and Government Affairs, SEIU Healthcare 775NW | Seattle, Washington
Diane Zahn | Treasurer, UFCW Local 21 | Seattle, Washington