Officials announced the nine members of the state’s new charter-school commission on Wednesday, taking the next step in setting up a structure for the just-approved independent, but public schools.
The members, three each appointed by the governor, lieutenant governor and state House speaker, will manage and oversee the state’s first 40 charters, which were approved in November. The members will serve four-year terms.
They are: Doreen Cato of Ocean Shores, Chris Martin of Spokane, Steve Sundquist of Seattle, Kevin Jacka of Springdale, Cindi Williams of Bellevue, Larry Wright of Sammamish, Trish Millines Dziko of Vashon, Dr. Margrit McGuire of Seattle and Dave Quall of Mount Vernon.
To Seattle residents, the most recognizable name will be Sundquist, a Seattle School Board president who lost a tight re-election race to Marty McLaren in 2011.
The others bring a variety of experiences:
Cato is the executive director of the United Way of Grays Harbor; Martin runs the gifted learning program Prodigy Northwest; Jacka is superintendent of the Mary Walker School District in northeast Washington; Williams has worked for the U.S. Department of Education and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Wright is managing director of the Bellevue Arts Museum; Dziko is founder of the science education-focused Technology Access Foundation; McGuire is director of teacher education at Seattle University; and Quall is a former Democratic chairman of the state House Education Committee.