King County Network
Opening doors to higher education for foster care alumni.
The University of Washington, Seattle Central College, and Seattle University, working as the King County Network, collaborate to ensure that more students coming out of foster care will be able to enter post-secondary education and graduate.
Clear goals, strong working relationships, and methods for leveraging best practices in order to improve outcomes for students served by the Network.
I provide meeting facilitation, strategic support and project management for the Network, and help the group focus on the big picture.
Clear strategies and communication agreements, which paved the way for:
- Goals aligned with each person’s own hopes for the work
- A model for colleges and universities wishing to collaborate, share resources, and support students who are alumni of care
- Re-establishment of a larger community Consortium which will create training and educational materials for former foster youth who want to access post-secondary education
“Working with Annie has been an absolute gift. She has played a critical role in our network’s success. Annie brings to her work the perfect blend of intellect, humor, attention to detail, and strategic thinking. She’s encouraging and challenging at just the right moments, and always demonstrates deep respect for the expertise of the folks in the room. I cannot recommend her more highly. My only regret is that we didn’t find her sooner!”
– Colleen Montoya Barbano, Director, Fostering Scholars Program, Seattle University