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Alison allen - executive director

Alison began with Invest in Youth in April 2013. With a background focused on education and working with kids, Alison has been involved in the education sector, primarily serving low-income children, since her first job at the YMCA as a high school student. Since then, she has centered her career around providing high-quality academic and emotional support to struggling learners. Alison spends her free time chasing around her toddler son or adventuring in the mountains.

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erika chen - Associate director

Erika recently graduated with her Masters of Public Administration and Nonprofit Management Certificate from the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. She has worked at Invest in Youth since June 2015, starting as a part-time intern. Before moving to Seattle during the summer of 2014, Erika worked in marketing and fundraising for low-income schools in South Florida. She is passionate about youth development, and as a child of public servants, she hopes to give back to the community through nonprofit work.