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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.
Jon was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In 1989, he graduated from Cornell University with a BA in history. Shortly after, he moved to Seattle, where he began working as a community organizer with the Seattle Tenants Union. After an experience as a guest trainer at the Children's Alliance's first Advocacy Camp, Jon accepted a staff position. Prior to becoming Deputy Director, Jon served as the organization's Community Action Director.
Jon has an extensive history of community involvement in economic and racial justice, human service, and children's issues. His strategic leadership has contributed to major state policy achievements for children. Among the victories he helped win were the laws that created Apple Health for Kids, Washington children’s health coverage program.
Throughout his career, Jon has held board leadership positions in several housing, human service, and political action organizations. He has received several professional awards, including the Change Agent of the Year award from Real Change Newspaper and the Community Partner of the Year award from SEIU Local 925.
Jon has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington's Evans School. In 2012, he was appointed to a Part Time Faculty position at Seattle University, where he teaches in the Master of Nonprofit Leadership Program.
Jon Gould is married to Tamara Dyer and they are the parents of two sons, Aram and Ellis.