ABOUT


We build a culture of high expectations and shared community responsibility for student success and educational excellence. With our partners, we make sustainable investments that support student achievement and show measurable results.

Our Mission & Values

To build and strengthen Tacoma’s community-wide movement to help every child achieve success from cradle to college and career by aligning goals, data, resources, and partners.

Our Community Partners

Today, Graduate Tacoma is more than 265 Community Partners strong.  We are parents and educators, early learning and higher education, business and labor, youth and community service, civic and philanthropy, local government and communities of faith – all aligning our work together with Tacoma schools to impact student success.

Joining forces. Aligning resources. Strengthening our community.

Graduate Tacoma is taking a community-wide approach to ensure that every child has access and opportunities for quality learning. Kids need the community at different times. Graduate Tacoma is about reaching them when and where they need us.

FOUNDATION FOR TACOMA STUDENTS STAFF


Tafona Ervin 

Executive Director


Elvin Bucu

Director of Systems Alignment


Cecilia Garza

Director of Communications


Devin Rydel Kelly

Director of Data


April Renee Shine

Director of Advocacy & Policy


William Towey

Director of Development


Joseph Colón

Assistant Director of Collective Action


Jenai S. Fields

Early Learning and Reading Network Manager


Chanel R. Hall

STEAM Network Manager


Wendy Holcomb

Tacoma College Support Network Manager


Leigh Butler

Operations & Finance Manager

 

Ben Mitchell

Project Manager


Emmeline Call

Executive Assistant


Sarah Detweiler

Data Coordinator


Shaima Shamdeen

Communications Coordinator

FOUNDATION FOR TACOMA STUDENTS BOARD


Holly Bamford Hunt, Chair

The Bamford Foundation


Dion Rurik, Secretary

Russell Family Foundation


Jim Walton, Treasurer

Civic Leader and Former Tacoma City Manager


Jim Shoemake

Former Superintendent, Tacoma Public Schools


Lois Bernstein 

Chief Community Executive, MultiCare Health System 


Melannie Denise Cunningham 

Director of Multicultural Outreach & Engagement, Pacific Lutheran University 


Sara Irish

Community Leader, Tacoma Latino Round Table


Josh Knudson

Vice Chancellor for Advancement, UW Tacoma


Kathi Littmann

President & CEO, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation


Lyle Quasim

Community Volunteer, Tacoma – Pierce County


Richard Remmert

Production Engineering Manager, The Boeing Company 


Patty Rose

Secretary – Treasurer, Pierce County Central Labor Council


Carla Santorno

Superintendent Tacoma Public Schools

 


Willie Stewart

Former Assistant Superintendent, TPS


Shon Sylvia 

Executive Director, Metro Parks Tacoma 


Debbie Winskill, At-Large

Director, Tacoma School Board


Victoria Woodards

Mayor, City of Tacoma


Jeff Woodworth, At-Large

Woodworth Family Foundation


Stuart Young, Vice Chair

Managing Principal, BCRA

 


Cassandra Mitchell

VP Corp.Responsibility Officer, KeyBank

 


Carrie Prudente Holden

President & CEO, Boys & Girls Club of So.Puget Sound