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Junior Achievement of Washington LEADERSHIP

Natalie Vega O'Neil

Natalie Vega O'Neil – President & CEO

Natalie is an innovative and dynamic Latina leader steeped in early childhood development, educational programs, fundraising, and strategic leadership. She has had a successful career developing and implementing child and family programs across the country. Natalie is the president & CEO of Junior Achievement of WA, the largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Natalie is a passionate advocate for marginalized, underserved, and vulnerable communities and has worked as an executive in the nonprofit sector for almost two decades.
Prior to joining Junior Achievement of WA, Natalie was associate vice president for the global humanitarian agency Save the Children where she led a team of over 600 to deliver domestic programs focused on early childhood education and grade level reading across 38 states reaching more than 300,000 children. Prior to joining Save the Children, Natalie was a founding staff member at Thrive by Five Washington, a statewide public-private partnership led by education, government and business leaders. Natalie co-led the development of a statewide Quality Rating and Improvement System and co-led the state's work on developing kindergarten readiness indicators. Prior to her work in Washington, Natalie lived in California where she was the co-founder and director of early childhood education for a public charter school in Los Angeles. She created bilingual, play-based birth to five programs for children and families living in severe poverty and established an onsite health clinic. 
Natalie has extensive experience in nonprofit management and has worked for other nonprofit agencies such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the YWCA. She is a skilled fundraiser and has secured tens of million dollars in individual, state and federal grants over the course of her career. With an emphasis on early childhood policy, Natalie has worked at the state and national level advocating for initiatives and legislation that promote children's wellbeing and racial and geographic equity. Natalie holds a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education and Child Development from the Erikson Institute. 

Glenn Corey

Glenn Corey – Chief Financial Officer

Glenn S. Corey brings to JA over 30 years of financial and operational leadership experience in a variety of business sectors, including both high growth startups, and mature growing businesses. Under Mr. Corey's leadership, each company achieved exceptional growth in revenues, earnings and stakeholder value. Mr. Corey's proactive approach and flexible management style is a key ingredient to the success of each company's ability to achieve success and fulfill their strategic mission, ensuring the right controls and infrastructure are in place to support services with a strong workforce. His most recent role was the CFO for JH Capital Group.
Corey was recently recognized by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal as the CFO of the year for large private companies.

Munira Sheriff

Munira Sheriff – Vice President, Programs & Evaluation

Munira brings unique skillsets to JA, pulling from her experience in designing and implementing programs focused on improving the lives of underserved populations and from her expertise in evaluation. She is a believer in the power of data and has a passion for building capacity among teams to utilize data to hone strategy and to deepen impact of programs. Munira has a strong record of translating research and evaluation into programming practices.

Before joining Junior Achievement of Washington, Munira served as the Director of Research, Evaluation, Planning, and Accountability at the College Success Foundation, an organization working to increase college completion rates among underserved students. Prior to coming to Seattle, Munira worked for several international development organizations, including the United Agency for International Development, (USAID) the Aga Development Network (AKDN), and MSI.

Munira earned a Bachelors of Science in Engineering from Northwestern University and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University.


Jan O'Connell

Jan O'Connell – Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

Jan swapped the Emerald Isle of Ireland for the Emerald City of Seattle and since then has managed a music school and a communications company, as well as immersing herself in American life and culture through work, volunteering, friendships, and interests.

Prior to moving to the U.S., Jan worked in the research facility of her alma mater, Tyndall Institute, and as a Senior Executive in Ireland's largest advertising agency. But her longest and most fulfilling tenure was as the Managing Director of an Opera Company producing 50+ productions: large-scale operas including La Traviata, La boheme, and Carmen, as well as operetta and musical theater productions such as Oklahoma, The King & I, and Me & My Girl, all in support of the larger programming aspirations of the company. Second only to that in terms of time and passion was Jan's over-a-decade commitment to Threshold, a housing charity as part of their finance committee to secure a right to housing, in particular for households experiencing poverty and exclusion.

Jan has a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from the University College of Cork (UCC) and diplomas in Marketing, Quality Management, and Human Resource Management from UCC and CIT. Jan is also a winner of the Arts Council of Ireland Management Bursary in recognition of her service to the Arts in Ireland. 

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