Chancellor’s Advisory Council
Purpose of Council
The Chancellor’s Advisory Council (CAC) convenes respected education, business, governmental, civic, and community leaders to help advance the mission of Seattle Colleges.
CAC members serve as liaisons between Seattle Colleges and broader community, advocate for Seattle Colleges, and provide the Chancellor and his executive leadership team with feedback and counsel in an advisory capacity.
Past Councils focuses include effective legislative relations, direction for the district’s five-year strategic plan, the name change to Seattle Colleges and the rebranding effort, new BAS degrees, Allied Health programs at Pacific Tower, closer collaboration with the Seattle Public Schools, Seattle Promise, capital campaigns, etc. The council also offers valuable advice on the job market for new graduates.
Members participate in three-four breakfast meetings during the academic year, from 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. Each meeting includes district and college updates by the chancellor and college presidents followed by a focused discussion. CAC members will learn about district initiatives and significant happenings. Members can also request specific updates or presentations. The meetings will be held at Seattle Colleges facilities and breakfast and parking are provided. During the current pandemic environment, the Council will be held virtually.
A Critical Partnership
Despite the unprecedented economic boom taking place in Seattle and the King County region, there are thousands of young people who need postsecondary credentials to obtain living-wage paying jobs. Many businesses are experiencing difficulties recruiting local talent. The growing gap between the privileged and under-privileged populations is real in our region. Seattle Colleges plays a critical role in raising the education level and contributing to workforce and economic development in our region.
We are committed to being a solution and a force of economic development, but we cannot do it alone. Public and private partnerships and business and education coalitions are more important than ever before. Working together is the sure way to create lasting wins for students, businesses, and Seattle’s communities. I trust that you agree that this is important work and hope that you will decide to serve on the Council.
2020-2021 Council Dates
October 21, 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
December 9, 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
February 17, 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
- May 19, 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
October’s meeting will be held via zoom. All other meetings will be determined as the date gets closer and will follow Covid-19 group gathering protocols.
Henry Aronson, President, HMA Consulting, P.S.
Suzie Burke, President, Fremont Dock Co
Daryl Campbell, President & CEO, Seattle Goodwill
Dwane Chappelle, Director, Department of Education and Early Learning, City of Seattle
Suzanne Dale Estey, Principal, Dale Estey Partnerships, Strategy & Results
Michael Davie, Director of Programs, Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County
Ryan Davis, Executive Director, Seattle Jobs Initiative
Diane DeBacker, Chief Academic Officer, Seattle Public Schools
Dan Dixon, Retired Vice President of External Affairs, Swedish Medical Center
Jean Floten, Senior Consultant, Academic Search, Inc.
Bill Grinstein, Former Chair, Seattle Colleges Foundation
Matthew Haughton, Workforce Development Advisor, Office of Economic Development, City of Seattle
Susan Hutchison, Former Chair, WA State Republican Party
Joe Jahn, Former aerospace executive, current Seattle College Foundation Board member
Erica Johnson, Education Policy Advisor to Mayor Durkan, City of Seattle
Michaelann Jundt, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, University of Washington
Sanjeev Khanna, Vice President, Region Life Cycle at Oracle Cloud Infrastructure
Fred Kiga, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Vigor Industrial
Andrew Lofton, Executive Director, Seattle Housing Authority
Lisa Macfarlane, Retired State Director, Washington Democrats for Education Reform
Sandra E. Madrid, Ph.D, Retired, Assistant Dean, University of Washington School of Law
Bernadette Merikle, Executive Director, Community Center for Education Results
Michelle Merriweather, President & CEO, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle
Steve Mullin, President, Washington Roundtable
Bryan Pannell, Director of Performance & Sector Partnerships, Workforce Development Council of Seattle & King County
Anne Redman, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
Paul Rucker, Vice President, UW Alumni and Stakeholder Engagement
Mary Jean Ryan, Senior Public Policy Advisor, Dabob LLC
Bill Stafford, Senior Advisor, Nyhus Communications
Karl Stickel, Director of Entrepreneurship & Industry, Office of Economic Development, City of Seattle
Bruce Strothers, Insurance Agent, State Farm
Marielle Trumbauer, Outreach Coordinator, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal
John Welch, Superintendent, Puget Sound Education Service District
Sherry Elane Williams, Regional Director Community Health Investment, Swedish Medical Center
Nancy Yamamoto, Direct of Workforce Development, City of Seattle
Evelyn Yenson, Retired, Consultant and Special Projects