Nubia López (she/her/hers)
Nubia López has over 15 years of experience working at the intersection of community partnerships and education systems in Washington state before she joined Pathwaves WA. She was the Community Partner Liaison for the University of Washington’s College of Education, where she oversaw internship placements for undergraduate students across a broad network of educational partners.Read More
Nubia holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington and a Bachelor in Political Science from California Polytechnic State University. Nubia is a parent to a preschooler and enjoys hiking and camping in her spare time.
Lish Olson (she/they/her/their)
Lish has worked in youth development for over 14 years, supporting after-school care programs, summer camps, school-community engagement, and extra-curricular advocacy activities. They joined our team as Program Coordinator in May of 2022. Prior to this role, she facilitated a program that educates young people around the world about the global water crisis and sustainable development practices.Read More
Lish holds a bachelor’s degree in Theology, with a focus in Reconciliation. She enjoys cooking, baking, traveling, live music, and any water-related activities.
Angela Griffin (she/her/hers)
Angela Griffin is a visionary and inspirational leader as the CEO for Launch with over 27 years of experience, primarily focused on the development and implementation of early learning, child care and youth development programs. Angela has a reputation for building strong relationships and partnerships, inspiring teams to action, and crafting effective strategies to ensure children, youth, and communities equitably access all the available opportunities leading to successful life outcomes.Read More
She has served on a variety of boards including the Federal Way School Board, and currently the King County Children and Youth Advisory Board (CYAB), WA State Leadership Board, Youth Development Executives of King County (YDEKC), Child Care Aware of WA (CCAWA), King County Early Learning Coalition (KCELC), and the Woodland Park Zoo.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and a Master of Arts in Education, both from California State University. She earned her doctorate in Educational and Organizational Leadership from Seattle University. She is the parent of three adult children and one teen, as well as the grandmother of an adorable toddler.
Haydeé Lavariega (they/them/theirs)
Associate Director of Education Strategies at United Way of King County
Haydeé (pronounced “Eye-They”) Lavariega is a Bene Xhon (Zapotec) Indigenous nonbinary organizer and educator from Oaxaca, Mexico. Haydeé grounds their practice in Indigenous values of collectivity, acknowledgement, and relationships. Honoring the knowledges and narratives of their community is at the forefront of their work. Haydeé is working to will an environment that allows transformative justice and a liberated reality-future to be cultivated and sustained.Read More
Haydeé holds a doctorate in Leadership for Learning from the University of Washington. They have previously worked at the intersections of philanthropy, communities, and education from early learning to higher ed. As a cofounder of Collective Liberation in Practice, their work is in participatory ways of doing, including participatory funding, participatory coalition building, participatory evaluation, and participatory research.
Maggie Mendoza (she/her/hers)
Early Education P-3 Coordinator at Educational Service District 105
Maggie Mendoza has been in the early learning field for over 18 years and brings a wealth of experience in Head Start, ECEAP, Migrant Head Start, Licensed Childcare, K-12, and higher education.
At Educational Service District 105, Maggie provides professional development opportunities for PreK-3 educators that focus on supporting the unique needs of migrant and bilingual students and families, such as developing curriculum, materials, and instruction for English language learners to promote inclusive high-quality early learning environments. She is also an Early Childhood Education Adjunct faculty member at Yakima Valley College.Read More
She enjoys traveling and camping with her husband of nineteen years and their two teenagers.
Maria Vasquez (she/her/hers)
Associate Director of Early Learning Special Services & Family Engagement at Catholic Charities Serving Central Washington
Maria Vasquez (she/her) has spent the last 25 years working in various leadership capacities with underserved families and children throughout Central Washington, including 11 years as a Bilingual Maternity Support Services and Infant Case Manager. She was a Child Passenger Safety Technician and Child Birth and Breastfeeding educator for Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, specializing in training families of diverse and mono-lingual Spanish populations.Read More
She holds a bachelor’s in Children’s Studies, an associate’s in Nutrition, and is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is a proud wife of 29 years, mommy to a 26-year-old daughter and 25-year-old son, and a most gracious Nana to her 3-year-old grandson.
Soleil Boyd (she/her/hers)
Senior Program Officer for Washington STEM
At Washington STEM, Soleil Boyd supports the organization’s Early Learning and King County strategies. She partners with key early education, industry, and policy partners to support programming and policy intent on dismantling institutional and systemic inequities that disproportionately impact families and children of color, those from low-income and rural backgrounds, and women.Read More
Soleil started her early childhood education career as a preschool teacher assistant before becoming a preschool lead teacher, program supervisor, early learning coach, product developer, and university instructor.
Her past research addressed caregivers’ beliefs and practices related to early mathematics learning and the design of professional development that promotes reflection and practice and supports young children’s engagement in learning. Her professional work includes directing coach support in Washington state’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), directing coach support for Early Achievers and implementing professional development for educators and coaches in and beyond Washington state.
Pathwaves WA is built on the work and wisdom of our mentors, partners, and teachers. We wish to especially acknowledge Leslie Dozono (she/her) as a co-founding consultant and Interim Executive Director and Makeba Greene (she/her) as co-founding consultant, as well as Meg Gomez (they/them) and Arianna McLaren-Simpson (they/them), who have provided consultant support.