Board Chair

Jessica de Barros

Jessica is a seasoned education management professional with experience creating and implementing policy at the local, state and national levels.  Currently, she directs the Road Map Region Race to the Top District grant, a $40 million investment in seven South King County school districts with the goal of doubling the number of students on track for post-secondary success by 2020.  

Previously, Jessica served as Director of Impact for the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, where she designed and implemented a system to achieve aggressive goals across a turnaround network of 22 schools and 40 home office employees. From 2008 -2011, Jessica served Seattle Public Schools as the Manager of Academic Planning & School Improvement as well as a project director. Prior to joining Seattle Public Schools, she served as a Senior Policy Analyst for the City of Seattle Office of Education and helped reform the City’s 2004 Families and Education Levy. Jessica has experience collaborating with school districts and community-based organizations to achieve organizational goals.

Jessica earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington’s Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from American University in Washington, DC.


Joseph Hoag

Joseph Hoag is an attorney at Davis Wright Tremaine. Joseph spent his childhood in the Pacific Northwest and then finally returned to start his career and build a home with his wife and, now, four children. Along the way, Joseph graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University with a degree in psychology and received his JD from Harvard Law School. Joseph then spent a year serving as a law clerk for Washington Supreme Court Justice James Johnson. He joined Davis Wright Tremaine in 2011. His practice focuses labor and employment law, education law, and appellate law.
Joseph firmly believes that, as both individuals and a society, we must care for our children and give them real opportunities to succeed and grow. Joseph has served and continues to serve in the CASA program (both as an advocate and as an attorney), has volunteered with alternative educational programs for at-risk youth, and has served as a leader for youth groups affiliated with his local church.

Jeff Thiel

Jeff is an experienced executive and entrepreneur who has built and launched new products and services in industries ranging from PC software to financial services, health care, and K-12 education.  Jeff’s most recent venture, Metria Teaching and Learning Technologies, makes applications that help teaching teams collaborate to implement instructional best practices in every classroom every day.  Prior to Metria, Jeff co-founded companies in financial services and health care services.  He worked for 10 years at Microsoft where his team was instrumental in the launch of multiple versions of Windows, including Windows 95.  He began his career at Bain and Company, a leading business strategy consulting firm.  He has degrees in Economics and History from the University of Washington, and an MBA from the Wharton Graduate School of Business.  Jeff lives in Bellevue with his wife, two daughters, two dogs and four horses.

Parvati Patil

Parvati Patil comes with experience in programs related to financial services for the poor, education and technology across start-ups, public and private sector enterprises. She currently works at Intellectual Ventures, leading the Global Development Technologies portfolio as a Program Manager. Prior to that, Parvati worked at CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), a division of The World Bank Group on the design and development of an innovative, e-Learning initiative aimed at building capacity for financial service providers in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Before that, she was a South Asia Regional Program Manager with a Seattle-based, startup called Vittana working on peer-to-peer lending towards higher education student loans in partnership with microfinance institutions. Her other experiences include working with MicroRate, a microfinance rating agency where she worked on strategic analytics and growth-related topics, and with the QED Group, an international development consulting firm, where she managed monitoring and evaluation projects for USAID’s microenterprise and microfinance portfolio. Prior to this, Parvati worked in software programming at the Tata Consultancy Services.
She holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a Bachelors of Engineering from India. Parvati lives in Seattle. Along with her husband, Parvati is an avid mountaineer and is learning a bit of endurance from their black lab.