Economic Opportunity Institute Staff
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Marilyn Watkins joined EOI in 1999. She is a member of the Graduate Faculty and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services at the UW, and has been appointed to the Washington State Paid Family & Medical Leave Advisory Committee (2017-2020); the City of Seattle’s Labor Standards Advisory Commission (2019-2021) and Gender Pay Equity Taskforce (2013-14); and the Governor’s Commission on Transforming Washington’s Budget (2010). Before joining EOI, Marilyn worked as a historical consultant for Northwest tribes and taught courses in Pacific Northwest and American women’s history. She earned a B.A. in Social Studies at Harvard and Ph.D. in History at the University of Michigan.
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John Burbank has a Master of Public Administration from the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington and a B.A. from Evergreen State College. Before founding EOI, John was project manager of the Sand Point Community Housing Association, political director of the Washington State Labor Council, staff coordinator for the Washington State Senate, and director for the Community Labor Coalition in Rhode Island. He speaks Finnish and has published in the Journal of Finnish Studies. John is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. He has a faculty appointment with the Department of Health Services, University of Washington, as a clinical instructor in the School of Public Health.
Aaron Keating holds a Master of Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, and a B.A. in Music from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. Before joining EOI, Aaron worked as Communications and Technology Manager for Port Jobs, Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Environmental Law and Policy, and Program Director at the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties.
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Gabriela earned a Masters of Social Work from Boston University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Washington. Prior to joining EOI, Gabriela managed her own consulting business where she worked on social and racial justice issues such as the panhandling ordinance in Seattle, the voting restoration rights bill in Olympia as well as on some statewide initiatives such as the domestic partnership and the anti-liquor privatization initiatives.
Policy Associate - Health
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Sam Hatzenbeler holds a master’s of public health from the Community Oriented Public Health Practice program and a B.A. in gender studies, both from the University of Washington. Sam started her work with EOI in 2014 as a graduate policy intern and then transitioned to being the Development Director until 2019, before taking on managing EOI’s health policy portfolio. Prior to joining the EOI team, Sam worked as a program evaluator at Entre Hermanos, a clinic manager at Seattle Medical and Wellness Clinic, a community organizer at Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project, and spent four years as a women and children’s advocate at New Beginnings. Sam has a faculty appointment with the Department of Health Services, University of Washington, as a clinical instructor in the School of Public Health.
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Melanie holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound in International Political Economy. She joined EOI in 2018 as a Communications Intern, and then joined the full-time staff as a Development and Operations Associate, and now manages EOI’s development program. Prior to joining EOI, Melanie researched economic empowerment initiatives for smallholder coffee producers in Nicaragua and worked as part of a government initiative to improve English education in Colombian public schools, both with a focus on improving economic security for lower-income populations.
Policy Associate - Education
Sara Bekele recently graduated from the University of Washington, with a BA in Economics and Political Science.
During her undergraduate career, Sara’s academic focus was in international political economy, international development, and ethnic politics.
Outside of her academics, Sara was as a board member at both the University of Washington Black Student Union and Economics Undergraduate Board, serving as a voice for those who are traditionally underrepresented and marginalized.
In her time as a Floyd Jones Fellow at the EOI, Sara will be working on higher education access by assessing the impact of College Promise Programs throughout the US.
Development and Operations Associate
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Emnet Getahun holds a BA with an emphasis in Political Economy from The Evergreen State College. Prior to joining EOI, Emnet worked on the LELO Relicensing Programs helping workers regain access to their driver’s licenses and rejoin the workforce, as the Communications Lead for the Prison Doula Project Collective, providing prenatal and labor support to incarcerated pregnant people and as Administrative and Operations Coordinator at Wedgwood Montessori. In addition to her passion for political organizing, Emnet is committed to promoting the arts and increasing access and opportunity for artists of color. She currently sits on the Office of Arts and Culture King Street Station Advisory Board.
Floyd Jones Fellow - Early Learning
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Rashea Dickey graduated from the University of Washington in 2018 with a B.A. in American Ethnic Studies. In undergraduate, she also studied minors in Law Societies and Justice, Political Science, and Diversity. Rashea is a 6-year union (Unite Here Local 8) banquet server and after graduating she worked with the Washington State Labor Council and MLK Labor Council as a Union Summer intern. She returned the following year to coordinate the internship, and work on the Washington Fairness Campaign, Approve I-1000. She is passionate about fighting for racial and economic justice.
As a Floyd Jones fellow, Rashea is working on supporting Washington’s childcare workers and providers through early learning and childcare policy.
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