We’ve been busy in Washington. When the Seattle City Council began exploring a tax on sweetened beverages in early 2017, we immediately mobilized a campaign to ensure that resulting revenue would support early learning programs. The result of our work was a council-approved sweetened beverage tax that will fund early learning programs for infants and toddlers. Tax revenue can also be used for facilities for the Seattle Preschool Program.
Additionally, we mobilized our online supporters statewide to successfully support expanded funding for the Washington Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program and Working Connections Child Care subsidies, which will help more families keep or get access to high-quality early learning programs.
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Mobilization Manager, Washington
After graduating from the University of Arizona in 2008, Ryan moved to Honduras to teach for two and a half years in a rural orphanage. When he returned to the United States, Ryan made a career in nonprofit social justice advocacy. He has worked on a variety of issues, including immigration reform, international human rights, preservation of safety-net programs, economic justice and environmental protection.
Prior to joining Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), Ryan served as the Washington State Director of Working America, the National Organizer and Lobbyist for the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, and Social Justice Organizer at the University of San Francisco.
Shortly after getting married in 2015, Ryan and his wife moved to Seattle, Washington to settle down in what he says “is the best state in the country.”
Government Relations Manager, Washington
Mackenzie works to expand access to high quality early education and care for children in Washington through state and local advocacy. After spending years working on diverse policies, Mackenzie is thrilled to be focusing full-time on high quality early learning that prepares children to thrive in school and life.
Before joining the team at Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), Mackenzie worked as an Early Learning Policy Associate at Children’s Alliance. She also spent over four years working as a Communications Director and Research Analyst at the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where she worked on policies ranging from capital infrastructure to grant programs for economically disadvantaged schools.
Mackenzie grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and moved to Boston, Massachusetts to get a B.A. from Northeastern University. She now resides in beautiful Seattle, Washington.