Our Board

President
Shevanthi (Shev) Daniel-Rabkin is the Co-Director, Workers to Owners Project. She is passionate about the intersection of sustainable business and economic development. Her work spans over fifteen years in community and labor organizing, and strategic capacity building with nonprofit and small businesses. She is the Director of Workers to Owners at the Democracy at Work Institute, a National organization dedicated to building the field of worker cooperative development. She previously served as Lead Manager of Worker Cooperative Initiative at Pinchot University – Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship, and also helped develop a Cooperative Management Certificate program. Shevanthi has managed and implemented large-scale labor organizing and worker justice campaigns across the country, as well as solidarity work in Africa. She is a co-founder of the O’Dell Education Center, a nonviolence direct action and leadership academy in Washington State.

Vice President
Maryl Kohl is a marketing professional that has consulted with Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Bank of the West, RPM Mortgage, and more. She is principal of her own consulting company, which is focused on helping small to mid-sized business develop and execute their Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. As a board member, she uses her experience to guide the branding and communication needs of CWD. Maryl is serving on the city of Seattle’s Housing and Living Affordability Agenda (HALA) community focus group and is a volunteer at the Bread of Life Mission and KEXP.

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Secretary
Suzanne Keel-Eckmann is an executive coach whose practice focuses on women leaders (and some aspiring leaders).  She retired early from Deloitte in 2013 where she served as national firm director for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability programs. She was also a national leader of Deloitte’s Women’s Initiative and led change management for its national Real Estate function.  She is a frequent guest, keynote and inspirational speaker, actively mentors 2nd year MBA students at UW’s Foster School of Business, and has chaired UW’s NEW Leadership Intensive program.  She attended the University of Alabama and holds numerous technical certifications.

Treasurer
Christine Phillips works for Morgan Stanley.   Prior to Morgan Stanley, she had a 20-year career as a corporate executive in energy and utilities.  She held various management positions and notably managed over $1 billion acquisition activity at the utility.  She is the former CEO of Clarian Power, a solar/battery storage start-up.  Earlier, she worked on Wall Street in corporate finance and worked for the US Senate Judiciary Committee.   She holds a MBA in finance and an MA in international management.   She has a strong commitment to community.  She serves as Board Trustee and Treasurer of the Seattle Girls School, Member of the Finance Committee of Leadersip Tomorrow Seattle,  Escape to Peace and Tennis Outreach Programs (TOPS). 

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Past President
Kara Briggs is a strategist with a focus in communications and planning. She owns Red Hummingbird Media Corporation, a firm that has worked with clients including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and organizations across the Western United States. She also serves on the steering committee of Snohomish County Tomorrow. A former journalist at the Portland Oregonian and the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, she is a past president of the Native American Journalists Association and Unity: Journalists of Color, as well as a past board member of the Journalism and Women’s Symposium. She is author of a book on news media. She is CWD’s Board Co-Chair. She and her husband live on the Tulalip Reservation and in Spirit Lake, Idaho.

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Cameron Rudolf Behrens is Co-Chair of the CWD’s Global Networking Committee. Cameron has a BS in Business Administration with a focus on Global Food Distribution & Trade, and a Minor in Spanish Language from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She interned for the Washington State Department of Commerce in their International Trade & Economic Development division, and is currently a Buyer in Costco’s International Department. She is active in Journeys, Costco’s organization dedicated to helping women succeed through educational, mentoring, and networking opportunities. She’s an outdoor enthusiast and always finds time to travel, ski and hike, play tennis, and practice yoga. 

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Cathy Allen is has helped recruit, train and elect women in 49 countries all over the world – from Africa to the South Pacific, from Alaska to Boston, from Morocco to Kuwait.  As a consultant and women’s advisor to the National Democratic Institute and State Department, she has literally helped write the books and manuals on the need and know-how for women to lead where they land.  President of Seattle-based The Connections Group, Inc., she is a frequent political commentator for PBS, NBC, and CNN.  She served as the national Vice-President of the National Women’s Political Caucus in the USA, and started the Center for Women & Democracy in 2000 to help women learn from each other – locally and globally. Cathy is Co-Chair of CWD’s Global Networking Committee, and Chair of the annual “Kicking Up Our Heels” event at the Governor’s Mansion.

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Hannah Martin is an executive assistant at Blue North, and is involved in and passionate about Seattle’s maritime industry.  Hannah is a Northwest native, growing up on Vashon Island. Hannah graduated from the University of Oregon, and stayed in Oregon to serve with the area Chamber of Commerce, sparking her passion for political policy.  When she returned to Seattle, she worked as a fundraiser on numerous local campaigns, as well as traveling to Madison, WI to help run a field office for a presidential campaign.  She currently lives in Wallingford, and spends as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors.

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Iris Friday is a Program Specialist with the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development in the Office of Native American Programs focusing on housing and community development.  In her volunteer role, she is co-founder of Native Action Network, a grassroots volunteer organization dedicated to political empowerment through civic participation and leadership development, where she has organized 9 leadership forums and 3 youth leadership academies.

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Jan Gelman is the CEO of Jan Gelman + Associates, a leadership development consultancy. As a coach, speaker, and facilitator, she works around the world helping people find fulfillment in their work, excel as leaders, and create happier, healthier lives. Jan believes that great leaders are lifelong learners and she seeks out opportunities wherever she lands to learn from people and circumstances. After consistently seeing women struggle to be their best inside organizations, she developed and runs women’s leadership programs globally. Jan is co-chair of CWD’s Leadership Institute and is passionate about helping our future women leaders thrive. She holds a MA in Applied Behavioral Science and worked for decades as a senior leader herself in business, media and technology.

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Mary Pat Treuthart is a professor at Gonzaga University School of Law. She has a long-standing commitment to social justice and human rights issues, especially those affecting women and people with disabilities. Since 1990, Treuthart has volunteered with the Seattle-based organization Disability Rights Washington and is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Board of University Legal Assistance, where she co-founded the domestic violence mini-clinic. Treuthart joined the CWD Board of Directors in 2013. She was a member of the international delegations to Vietnam in 2011, Rwanda in 2013, and Iceland in 2015.

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Michelle Quackenbush has been involved with the Center for Women and Democracy for over 8 years, as a member of the CWD Book Club, member of Global Networking Delegations and frequent attendee to Food For Thoughts. She is a retired a paralegal, who focuses her attention on raising her children and working in her community.  Her community interest range from children in the Foster Care system, women’s equality issues, and quality public schools. Michelle is a founding member of the NorEaster Unit Ryther League. Michelle is married and has two sons.

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Monique Thormann has over 15 years of experience in global humanitarian response and development aid. She has resided in Africa, Asia and Europe, including in war-torn countries of Somalia and Macedonia. Her experience includes strategic communications, speechwriting, media relations, report writing and team leadership for groups like UNICEF, the United Nations Development Program, The World Bank, International Rescue Committee and the Port of Seattle. She is currently the director of communications at the University of Washington Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.

Cat Cuevas, MA is a seasoned leadership and organization development consultant, coach and trainer. Her 15 years in the field of professional and personal development have been devoted to peace education, women’s’ leadership, and social justice. Cat has developed and delivered trainings for over 20,000 leaders in academic institutions, corporations, nonprofits, benefit corporations, faith-based organizations, sport teams, performing art groups, hospitals, and communities around the nation and around the world. Cat’s current favorite areas of research are gender and racial equity, leadership psychology, mastery, bridging intractable conversations, and supporting women to become leaders in public service. She’s passionate about dismantling implicit bias, leading with intersectional awareness, and helping women build confidence. Cat holds a MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, and a MA in Leadership and Organizational Development. Having grown up an Army “brat”, she now calls Seattle home, and resides here with her beloved partner Jerome.