Junior Achievement of Washington LEADERSHIP
Natalie Vega O'Neil – President & CEO
Glenn Corey – Chief Financial Officer
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 – 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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