Board and Staff

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.

Aaron Keating,
Managing Director

Communications, Finance & Operations, Planning

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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 Tacoma-Kitsap County.

Gary Burris,
Senior Policy Associate

Retirement Security, Early Learning

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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,
Senior Policy Associate

Workplace, Health, Economy

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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 Groves,
Development Director


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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.

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.

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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