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About Our Pacific Northwest Advisory Council

Nikki Barron, Director of Marketing at Mastin Labs

Nikki Barron has been in marketing for over 10 years. She previously worked in radio and fashion, and now works in technology as the Director of Marketing for Mastin Labs. She is a former web developer who felt that her gender pushed her out of her technical career path, inspiring her to become an advocate for women and girls in STEM. 

 

 


Marc Casale, Founder & CEO of Kinetic West

Marc Casale is the founder and CEO of Kinetic West. He was a project leader at the Boston Consulting Group and has been working at the intersection of education and business for nearly 15 years. At BCG, Marc has helped education, business, and nonprofit leaders solve their most challenging problems including work with the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship, The Washington Business Roundtable, and Washington STEM. In 2014, Marc co-authored Opportunity for All: Investing in Washington State’s STEM Education Pipeline to make the case for greater investment in Washington’s STEM pipeline. Marc began his career as a 5th grade ESL teacher in Bronx, New York. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School, a MA in Teaching from Pace University, and a BA from Duke University.

Marc is blessed to have strong women in his life, including a wife and mother who work in STEM, and a sister who works in education.


Ben Hodges, Patent Attorney & Intellectual Property Litigator at Foster Pepper PLLC

Ben Hodges is a patent attorney and intellectual property litigator at Foster Pepper PLLC. As part of his job, Ben works with STEM companies to help guide their businesses and provide intellectual property advice. This includes exposure to cutting edge technology and leaders in STEM around the country. Before becoming a lawyer Ben also worked as a researcher at Washington University in St. Louis. He has a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and a law degree from the University of Missouri.

Ben also has a wife in the education field and a daughter who he helps explore all types of STEM. Outside of work Ben enjoys cooking, hiking, and photography.


Rachel Klein, Education Consultant at RPK Advisors

Rachel Klein is a Seattle-based education consultant who passionately believes that public schools should be a path to success for every student. Rachel has worked as a grantmaker at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a district administrator in Highline Public Schools overseeing more than a dozen critical programs focused on academic improvement and college & career readiness, a vice president for Code.org leading professional learning efforts, and as a board president for Bike Works, an innovative nonprofit in South Seattle. Rachel holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School. In her free time, Rachel likes to hike, bike, and ski, and therefore loves to grow food, cook and eat.


Natasha Rosenblatt, Director of Data Strategy at Community Center for Education Results (CCER)

Natasha Rosenblatt is the Director of Data Strategy at Community Center for Education Results that supports a community-wide effort, the Road Map Project, to drive dramatic improvement in student outcomes in South King County and South Seattle. She has more than 20 years of experience developing large-scale data initiatives that leverage multi-source, complex databases to address community needs. Her prior work includes developing healthcare-related data warehouse and reporting products.

Natasha holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Washington, and is a member of the Leadership Tomorrow class of 2016. 


Bridget Sevigny, Senior Manager of Engineering at Tableau Software

Bridget Sevigny is a Senior Engineering Manager at Tableau Software, which she joined in 2014. Previously, she spent seven years at ProQuest and ten years at HP in software development and management positions. She helped set up the first ever Techbridge field trip, during which girls used Tableau to explore data about themselves and their classmates.

When she was a young girl, Bridget’s family members supported her as she pursued her STEM interests. Her activities and coursework have led her to a very satisfying career in software development, and Bridget wants other girls to have the same opportunities. Throughout her career, Bridget has been a crew member on a sailboat that races the waters of Puget Sound. When she’s not sailing, she spends time with her husband and son, cooking and facilitating countless projects from the pages of Make magazine.

Bridget earned BS degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics from Seattle University.


Kerri Scott, Tutor, Specializing in Math

Kerri Scott is a software engineer with a focus on data science and analytics. She spent 14 years with The Boeing Company working on data services involving integrated systems in the defense industry. During her time with Boeing, Kerri earned a patent for her work with phased array radar technology.

During her formal education, Kerri quickly learned how underrepresented women were in the Computer Science track and became motivated to encourage girls of all ages to pursue STEM careers. Being a mother herself of two amazing daughters, exciting and educating girls through STEM has taken on even greater importance.

Kerri has a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from California State University, Fullerton. In addition to her professional career, Kerri enjoys volunteering for her children’s school, being a Girl Scout leader, and tutoring elementary students.


Erica Yamamoto, Director of Marketing at zulily

Erica Yamamoto is the Director of Marketing at zulily, one of the largest internet retail companies in the US, where she oversees cross-channel marketing strategy such as in-app experience, notifications and email, and new customer programs. Recent launches include the company’s first private label credit card and reverse logistics program. At zulily, Erica previously served as Business Manager to the CEO and lead the Investor Relations function. She started her career in New York in banking at J.P. Morgan primarily advising sports, media and technology companies.

Erica is passionate about bridging the STEM education gap to underserved communities as math and data analytics have been critical to her success in gaining leadership roles in finance and technology. She has served with a variety of non-profits including TechBridge Girls, Year Up, ADA Developers Academy, and Step Up Women’s Network.

Erica holds an A.B. in Public Policy from The University of Chicago.