Heart Day 2015


Our Team

Executive Director

Dr. Stephan Blanford has dedicated much of his career to advocacy and policymaking for children and families.

Strategic Policy Advisor

Hyeok Kim has worked in the public and nonprofit sectors for over twenty years, most recently serving as Deputy Mayor of Seattle from 2014 to 2017. She previously worked in the State Legislature advising on policy matters related to children, families, and affordable housing. 

Finance Director

Nancy joined Children’s Alliance with a blend of for-profit and nonprofit accounting experience that has supported the building of accounting and financial management systems, and the maintenance of financial stability at Children’s Alliance, for nearly twenty years.

Campaigns Director

Emilio (he/him) is a Tacoma native living in Seattle. He is passionate about social justice and believes in using grassroots advocacy to build power in communities, and he brings several years’ worth of legislative and electoral campaign experience to the Program Director role.

Early Learning Policy Specialist

Sarah is a Seattle native and a Garfield High School graduate. She holds a Bachelors degree and a Masters in Education Policy from the University of Washington and specializes in early learning policy analysis, research, and lobbying. 

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.

Interim Early Learning Policy Director

Throughout two decades in policy and advocacy work in Washington, Hannah has been involved in many of the major recent issues and advances in early learning, including provider compensation and professional development, quality rating, the Early Childhood Education and Assista

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.

Digital Communications Manager

Charlotte comes to Children’s Alliance via a career in communications that has taken her from selling tickets to music festivals in the UK, to running underground movie nights in China.

Donor Relations Director

Christine (she/her) serves as the Donor Relations Director of Children’s Alliance where she leads the organization’s efforts to build relationships and financial support to fuel powerful, equity-focused public policy and advocacy for Washington’s kids and families.

Administrative Manager

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

Donor Relations Associate

Dan (they/them or she/her) is a Pacific Northwest native, originally from Oregon, with an English degree from Seattle Pacific University.

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.

Program Associate

Tai Yang-Abreu (She/Her) is a policy wonk and avid campaigner for all things equity. She brings three (3) cycles of experience running issue and candidate campaigns in WA to the Children's Alliance. She holds a BA in Global Studies from the University of Washington.