2024 Leadership and Advocacy Forum

JUNE 1st, 2024, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Everett Community College,
Henry M. Jackson Conference Center
2000 Tower St, Everett, WA 98201

Welcome to a celebration like no other! We’re thrilled to invite you and your families to join us for a special event dedicated to honoring our parents and youth leaders. This is not just about coming together; it’s about amplifying your voices, sharing your ideas, and integrating your stories into the essence of our organization’s future

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Adie Simmons
Founder and Executive Director
Washington Family Engagement

Featured Speakers

Luis (he/they) is a multidisciplinary storyteller, educator, narrative strategist, and the founder and director at Storytellers for Change.
Over the last 16 years, Luis has worked with youth, educators, and cross-sector leaders to harness the power of narrative to co-imagine, craft, and share stories to build an equitable world. Luis has a BA in Political Science from the University of Washington and a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Luis was born and raised in Tenochtitlan (Mexico City) and now lives in the unceded and ancestral lands of the Duwamish and Coast Salish people (Seattle).

Anna Lees Ed.D., of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians descent, began her career as an early childhood educator in rural northern Michigan. Now an Associate Professor at Western Washington University, she’s deeply committed to integrating Indigenous values into education, working closely with community leaders to prepare teachers for the holistic needs of children and families. Anna’s research focuses on land education and Indigenous curriculum development, earning recognition from esteemed organizations like the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the National Science Foundation. She also serves as editor of the Tribal College and University Research Journal and co-chairs the American Educational Research Association’s Indigenous Peoples of the Americas special interest group.

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