We all share in the benefits of a better education system, and so we all share in the responsibility for creating and maintaining that system. The Washington Learns Steering Committee, co-chaired by Governor Gregoire, represents diverse interests, including those of business, government, philanthropy, the education community, the legislature and the public.
Governor Christine Gregoire, Chair
Christine Gregoire assumed office as the Governor of Washington State in January 2005. In 1992, she became Washington's 16th state attorney general, the first woman in history elected to the post. Gregoire was re-elected as attorney general in 1996 and again in 2000. Prior to being elected attorney general, Gregoire served as director of the Washington Department of Ecology from 1988 to 1992. Raised in Auburn, Washington, she graduated from the University of Washington in 1969 with a teaching certificate and Bachelor of Arts degree in speech and sociology. In 1977, she received a Juris Doctorate degree and, in 1995, an honorary Doctor of Law degree from Gonzaga University.
Representative Anderson was elected to the House of Representatives in 2001 and is the assistant ranking minority member on the Appropriations and K-12 Education committees. He co-chairs the bipartisan Legislative High-Tech Caucus and serves as a member of both the state Information Services Board and K-20 Telecommunications Board. He has also served as the Republican Floor Leader and on the House Technology, Telecommunications and Energy Committee. Representative Anderson has over 20 years experience in banking and management consulting with an emphasis on high tech growth companies. He has also served as Business Development Director for Bellevue Community College. He resides in Fall City and is a member of the Snoqualmie Valley Rotary, and the Issaquah, Maple Valley and Upper Snoqualmie Valley Chambers of Commerce. He serves on the Board of the Washington National Parks Fund and Children's Services of Snoqualmie Valley. He earned a Bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Alabama.
Frank Armijo is Program Director and General Manager for Lockheed Martin Information Technology in the Tri-Cities. Mr. Armijo serves on the Washington Technology Center Board, is a member of the Washington Software Alliance, and a past member of the Washington State Economic Development Commission. He is immediate past chairman of TRIDEC and is currently the TRIDEC Higher Education vice chair. Mr. Armijo served 10 years on the Columbia Basin College Board of Trustees, three years as chairman. He is a founder and the chair of the Hispanic Academic Achievers Program and a member of the United Way Board. He was also a founding board member of Leadership Tri-Cities and the Reading Foundation. Mr. Armijo received his Bachelor of Administration in Management Information Systems and Communications from Eastern Washington University.
Dr. Terry Bergeson was elected Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1996, and re-elected in 2000 and 2004. She began her career in education as a public school teacher and counselor. She was elected vice president of the Washington Education Association in 1981, then president in 1985. In 1989, Dr. Bergeson was hired as the executive director of the Central Kitsap School District. In 1993, she was appointed executive director of the Washington State Commission on Student Learning. She served as executive director until 1996. Dr. Bergeson attended Emmanuel College in Boston, graduating in 1964 with a B.A. in English. In 1969, she earned a master's degree from Western Michigan University. Dr. Bergeson earned her doctoral degree from the University of Washington.
Charles W. “Charley” Bingham
Charley Bingham is a retired Executive Vice President of Weyerhaeuser Company. He is currently a board member of Puget Energy, the Arts Fund, and the Evergreen Forest Trust. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Cascade Land Conservancy's Cascade Agenda. A resident of Pierce County, he co-chaired the Tacoma Pierce County United Way Campaign in 1994 and served as Chair of the Visiting Committee for the University of Puget Sound's School of Business and Public Administration from 1988 to 1991. In 1997, Mr. Bingham was a visiting fellow at the Yale University Graduate School for Forestry and Environmental Studies. Mr. Bingham earned his law degree from Harvard.
Amy is a retired educator from Spokane. She spent more than 30 years with the West Valley School District as a teacher and later as an elementary, middle school principal and high school assistant principal. Amy is a member of the Elementary School Principals Association, the Association of Middle Level Principals, Association of Washington School Principals, National Association of Secondary Principals, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and a Past-President of the Washington State Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. In addition, Amy is active in the Spokane community as a member of the Japanese Americans Citizens League and a former member of the YMCA Board of Director, and currently on the Board of Directors for Hutton Settlement Home for Children. She has recently been appointed by the Governor to the State Board of Education.
Ann Daley, Executive Director, Washington Learns
Ann Daley retired during the fall of 2004 from her position as the Vice President for Finance and Administration for The Evergreen State College. Since then she served as the Interim Legislative Auditor for the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee. Ms. Daley has held numerous high level positions in state government, including Director of the Office of Financial Management, Executive Director of the Higher Education Coordinating Board, and Assistant State Treasurer. From 1995 to 1997 she served as a Regent at the University of Washington and is currently a member of the Group Health Cooperative Board of Trustees. She graduated from Whittier College in 1967 with a B.A. in Political Science and holds a master's degree from UCLA.
Representative Fromhold, a resident of Vancouver, was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives in 2001. He is Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee and serves on the Higher Education Committee. Prior to being elected to the House of Representatives, he was Vice President of Municipal Finance for Seafirst Bank in Seattle; President/CEO of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce; Associate Superintendent of Business and Support Services of the Evergreen School District; and Superintendent of Educational Service District #112. He is a former board member of Clark College; and currently serves as a board member of the Washington State University - Vancouver Advisory Committee, as well as the Evergreen School District Foundation. Representative Fromhold earned his associate's degree from Olympic College and his B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Puget Sound.
Denny Heck retired as president and founder of TVW in 2003 after leading the organization for 10 years. He currently serves on the board of directors of Intrepid Learning Solutions and is an active business investor. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington State Historical Society. Mr. Heck served five terms in the House of Representatives beginning in 1977, ultimately rising to the post of House Majority Leader. As a state legislator, he focused much of his work on education. Mr. Heck served as chief of staff for Governor Booth Gardner from 1989 through 1993. He authored an essay on the future of education, Challenges and Opportunities: The Transformation of Washington's Schools, which was published in 1987. A resident of Olympia, Mr. Heck is a graduate of The Evergreen State College.
Eric Liu served as a foreign affairs speechwriter and deputy domestic policy advisor for President Clinton. From 2000-2002 he was an executive at the digital media company RealNetworks. A resident of Seattle, Mr. Liu hosts a local NPR interview show called "The Power of Voice" and teaches at the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Affairs. He serves on numerous nonprofit boards, including the Seattle Public Library, the Asian Community Leadership Foundation, and the League of Education Voters. He was an honorary co-chair of the 2004 Seattle school levy. Mr. Liu is the author of "Guiding Lights: The People Who Lead Us Toward Our Purpose in Life," a book about life-changing teachers and mentors. He is also the author of "The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker," a New York Times Notable Book featured in the PBS documentary Matters of Race. Mr. Liu earned his law degree at Harvard.
Rosemary McAuliffe was elected to the Washington State Senate in 1993. She chairs the Senate Early Learning, K-12 and Higher Education Committee and serves on the Human Services and Corrections Committees. Senator McAuliffe has received numerous awards, most recently the 2005 YMCAs of Washington Strong Kids, Families and Communities Award, and the Marty Gentili Award of Merit from the Washington State Special Education Advisory Council. Prior to being elected to the state senate, Senator McAuliffe was the owner and manager of Hollywood School House, a wedding, banquet and conference facility. Senator McAuliffe is a resident of Bothell and graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.
Victor Moore is the Director of the Washington State Office of Financial Management. He was appointed to that position in January 2005. Mr. Moore began his career with state government in 1980 in the budget office at The Evergreen State College. After that he worked for the Senate Ways and Means Committee, the Commission for Vocational Education, (now the Workforce Training and Coordination Board), and at OFM where he oversaw development of capital construction and transportation budgets for Governor Booth Gardner. Prior to his appointment as OFM Director, Mr. Moore served as staff lead of the Washington House Appropriations Committee. Mr. Moore is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Dave Schmidt was elected to the Washington State Senate in 2003. He is the ranking minority member on the Senate Early Learning, K-12 and Higher Education Committee. He also serves on the Financial Institutions Committee, and the Housing and Consumer Protection Committee. Senator Schmidt is a member of the K-20 Education Network Board and serves on the Select Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs. He has been a member of the Washington National Guard since 1990. He previously worked in Management Operations at US Bank of Oregon, and as a minister of the Northwest District for Foursquare Churches. Senator Schmidt is a resident of Everett. He earned a master's degree in Theology from Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, and a bachelor's degree in Religion and Philosophy from George Fox College in Newberg, Oregon.
Bob Watt is vice president of Government and Community Relations for The Boeing Company in Seattle. Prior to working for Boeing, Mr. Watt was president and CEO of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce from November 1995 through December 2001. From 1989-1994 he was the deputy mayor of the City of Seattle. Before joining the mayor's office, Mr. Watt spent five years as president of Family Services of Seattle/King County, and more than 12 years at Youth Eastside Services. Mr. Watt chaired the Alliance for Education Board and the Group Health Foundation Board. He served as vice chair of the Seattle-King County Workforce Development Council. He currently serves on the boards of the ArtsFund and the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and was a founding board member and chairman of the Children's Alliance in Washington State. Mr. Watt received his bachelor's degree in Sociology from Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.
Karen Tvedt, Executive Director, Early Learning Council/Advisory Committee
Karen Tvedt most recently served as Director of the Policy Division of the Child Care Bureau at the Administration on Children, Youth and Families in Washington, D.C. Prior to that she was the Chief of the Office of Child Care Policy at the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services from 1994 to 1998. Prior to that, Ms. Tvedt served as a program manager and supervisor in the Office of Child Development, and a caseworker in the Division of Children and Family Services at DSHS. Ms. Tvedt earned her associate's degree in Early Childhood Education from North Seattle Community College, her Bachelor of Arts degree from the School of Social Work at the University of Washington, and her Master of Public Administration degree from The Evergreen State College.