Have a Heart for Kids Day rally, 2015


Our Team

Executive Director

Paola Maranan is the Executive Director of Children's Alliance, an organization she has been involved with—in one role or another—since 1993. A hallmark of her work has been to bring greater attention to the racial disparities that diminish opportunity for Washington’s kids.

Deputy Director

Jon Gould joined the staff of the Children's Alliance in 1997. As Deputy Director, he coordinates the organization's public policy, mobilization, lobbying, communications, and outreach activities.

Finance & Operations Director

Nancy joined the Children’s Alliance in 1999. As Finance & Operations Director she oversees financial and administrative services, and serves as a member of the management team.

Policy & Advocacy Associate

Sarah undertakes a diverse range of work across several policy areas, allowing Children’s Alliance to better respond to opportunities to advance racial equity in Washington state.

Communications Director

Adam joined the Children’s Alliance in August 2010, bringing more than 12 years of experience reporting on social and economic justice issues. As Communications Director, Adam leads strategic communication around Children's Alliance campaign priorities.

Early Learning Policy Director

Allison brings a unique blend of policy and early learning experience to her position at Children’s Alliance. She began her career in Olympia in 2007 as a legislative aide working on early learning and child welfare policy under the leadership of Representative Ruth Kagi.

Health Policy Director

As Children’s Alliance’s health policy director, Litonya draws on her past work and experience to advance health equity for all kids.

Early Learning Advocacy & Coalition Manager

April has been involved in early learning advocacy in various capacities since 2008.

Donor Relations & Data Manager

Gillian Murphy comes to Children's Alliance via a career that has included being a radio operator on the Greenpeace ships, doing graduate work studying social movements, and teaching sociology.

Early Learning Policy Specialist

Keshia has been advocating for kids and families all of her adult life. She brings robust experience in early childhood and K-12 education as both an educator and an advocate.

Mobilization Director

Siobhan Ring is the Mobilization Director for the Children's Alliance. She joined the Children's Alliance staff in November, 2007, as the Online Communications staff.

Early Learning Policy Specialist

Jessica works with the early learning team at the Children’s Alliance and with the Early Learning Action Alliance to shrink the opportunity gap faced by low-income children and children of color by advocating for expanded access to high-quality early learning opportunities for all of Washington’s children.

Community Engagement Manager

Emijah is a Seattle native from the Central District. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Evans School at the University of Washington.