Have a Heart for Kids Day rally, 2015


Our Team

Executive Director

Paola Maranan is the Executive Director of Children's Alliance, an organization she has been involved with—in one role or another—since 1993. A hallmark of her work has been to bring greater attention to the racial disparities that diminish opportunity for Washington’s kids.

Finance & Operations Director

Nancy joined the Children’s Alliance in 1999. As Finance & Operations Director she oversees financial and administrative services, and serves as a member of the management team.

Advocacy Director

Emilio (he/him) is a Tacoma native living in Seattle. He is passionate about social justice and believes in using grassroots advocacy to build power in communities, and he brings several years’ worth of legislative and electoral campaign experience to the Advocacy Director role.

Early Learning Policy Director

Allison brings a unique blend of policy and early learning experience to her position at Children’s Alliance. She began her career in Olympia in 2007 as a legislative aide working on early learning and child welfare policy under the leadership of Representative Ruth Kagi.

Communications Director

Adam joined the Children’s Alliance in August 2010, bringing more than 12 years of experience reporting on social and economic justice issues. As Communications Director, Adam leads strategic communication around Children's Alliance campaign priorities.

Health Policy Director

As Children’s Alliance’s health policy director, Litonya draws on her past work and experience to advance health equity for all kids.

Donor Relations Director

Christine (she/her) serves as the Donor Relations Director of Children’s Alliance where she leads the organization’s efforts to build relationships and financial support to fuel powerful, equity-focused public policy and advocacy for Washington’s kids and families.

Early Learning Advocacy & Coalition Manager

April has been involved in early learning advocacy in various capacities since 2008.

Administrative Manager

Gillian Murphy came to Children's Alliance via a career that has included being a radio operator on the Greenpeace ships, doing graduate work studying social movements, and teaching sociology.

Early Learning Policy Specialist

Keshia has been advocating for kids and families all of her adult life. She brings robust experience in early childhood and K-12 education as both an educator and an advocate.

Early Learning Policy Specialist

Jessica works with the early learning team at the Children’s Alliance and with the Early Learning Action Alliance to shrink the opportunity gap faced by low-income children and children of color by advocating for expanded access to high-quality early learning opportunities for all of Washington’s children.

Community Engagement Manager

Emijah is a Seattle native from the Central District. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Evans School at the University of Washington.

Communications Specialist

Charlotte comes to Children’s Alliance via a career in communications that has taken her from selling tickets to music festivals in the UK, to running underground movie nights in China.