2018 Board of Directors
Maryl Kohl, Vice President
Jagroop Nahal, Treasurer
Christine Philips, Secretary
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Shev 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.
Maryl is a marketing professional who has consulted with Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Bank of the West, RPM Mortgage, and more. She is principal of her own consulting company, MKohl Marketing, 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 served 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.
Jagroop Nahal is a staff accountant for Shannon & Associates, LLP. She is a graduate of CWD Leadership program. She has volunteered with United Way – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and Start Zone of Highline College. She is passionate about social and womens’ issue such as gender inequality, pay inequality for women and issues faced by women/populations of color in our society and want to have women’s voices be heard. Roop joined the Board in 2017.
Christine has had a 20-year career as a corporate executive in energy and utilities. She currently works in finance at Morgan Stanley. 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 and serves as Board Trustee and Treasurer of the Seattle Girls School, Member of the Finance Committee of Leadership Tomorrow Seattle, Escape to Peace and Tennis Outreach Programs (TOPS).
Cathy has helped recruit, train and elect women in countries all over the world – from Africa to the South Pacific, Alaska to Boston, Morocco to Kuwait. As a consultant and women’s advisor to the National Democratic Institute and State Department, she has 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.
Mahjabin “Maju” Qureshi, is deeply engaged in community building as the Education & Employment Department Supervisor at the Multi-Service Center (MSC) in Federal Way. Maju leads a team of compassionate and hardworking colleagues who work with low-income individuals and families in South King County in helping them reach self-sufficiency. Maju is a CWD Leadership Institute alum and also had the opportunity to participate in CWD’s Global Mission trip to Israel and Palestine. She has effectively advanced and strengthened conditions for communities throughout South King County and is working to address the causes and barriers of poverty, homelessness with comprehensive and holistic services that help to lift people from crisis and vulnerability to self-sufficiency and stability. Maju brings with her skills in public policy, community building and business management to CWD programs.
Michelle has been involved with the Center for Women and Democracy for over 8 years and currently serves on the Food for Thought Committee. She has been a member of the CWD Book Club and Global Networking Delegations. She is a retired 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.
Sarah joined the Board in 2017. She is a climate scientist with expertise in the consequences of abrupt climate warming. She has published on the fundamental drivers of climate change and is a thought leader in the field of climate communication strategy. In addition, Sarah is a public educator and stakeholder liaison regarding climate risks, conservation, and environmental decision making.
Kiana is committed to developing strong future leaders — particularly electing women to public office. She brings together professional experience in higher education and political campaigns, academic expertise in policy and elected office, and civic engagement around women’s leadership. She is the Director of External & Alumni Relations at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington, where she also earned her MPA in legislative processes. She earned her MA and Ph.D. in political communication from UW, focusing on contemporary American legislative communication, and her dissertation explored down-ballot communication in the 2016 presidential election. She serves on the steering committee of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington, trains campaign volunteers through Common Purpose, and is a 2017 Henry M. Jackson Leadership Fellow, now serving on the Jackson Foundation’s Alumni Council.
Taylor is a Program Officer for the International Visitors Program at the World Affairs Council. In her role, she works on the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), where she designs and implements programs to connect international leaders with their U.S. professional counterparts and expand citizen diplomacy. Prior to moving to Seattle, she served as the AmeriCorps VISTA Cities of Service Coordinator in the Mayor of Austin’s office and developed STEAM curricula in Dallas ISD schools. She concentrated on Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and became active in University Democrats, volunteering for numerous city and state progressive candidates.