Inslee appoints Erin Okuno director of the Office of the Education Ombudsman

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Governor Jay Inslee today announced the appointment of Erin Okuno as Director of the Office of the Education Ombudsman (OEO). Okuno will replace acting director Yordanos Gebreamlak.

The OPA is essential to closing the opportunity gap by helping families, students, educators, and communities understand the K-12 public education system. The office solves problems collaboratively by building positive relationships; listen to the views of families, students, educators and community advocates; and share those voices in conversations about state policies to improve student outcomes.

Okuno has extensive experience building, leading and staffing high performing organizations and building strong partnerships and relationships. Prior to this appointment, Okuno, who served as the Executive Director of the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition since 2014, brings to the job a deep understanding of racial equity and experience working with communities of color and supporting underserved and neglected communities. .

“Erin’s strong background and background in racial equity, community engagement, and program management will make her an outstanding principal at the OPA. She has a desire to ensure students receive their education and advocate for them and their families,” Inslee said. “We look forward to Erin’s leadership. And thank you to Yordanos Gebreamlak, who has been acting director since April. I would also like to thank Carrie Basas who served as director from September 2015 to April 2022.”

“I look forward to joining the OEO team and serving the people of Washington. I have partnered with the OEO staff in the past and am excited to join this exceptional team and learn alongside them to better serve communities of color and improve the education of our most vulnerable students,” said Erin Okuno.

Erin holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in public administration from Seattle University.

Okuno’s appointment is effective November 1.

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