Evette is passionate about supporting DCYF’s efforts to become an anti-racist organization, eliminate racial and ethnic disparities and disproportionality, and design systems that advance racial equity and support each and every child, youth, and family to thrive. Prior to this role, Evette facilitated efforts to strengthen partnerships and collaboration across state and regional levels to build an early childhood system that is responsive to communities’ unique needs and experiences. This included coordinating the Early Learning Advisory Council, Parent Advisory Group, Birth to Three Subcommittee, and prenatal to three systems design efforts. She also served as a fellow with the BUILD Initiative’s Equity Leaders Action Network.
Before working for Washington State, Evette was a student and labor organizer for over six years with the United Auto Workers advocating for working families, immigrant rights, and education. She started her career and passion for early learning assisting in a preschool classroom in the Seattle International District. She is inspired by the transformational leadership practices of Ella Baker, Grace Lee Boggs, Alicia Garza, and the countless movement mothers around and before her. She strives to embody their approaches and operate from a place of love, joy, and abundance. Evette earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Art History, as well as her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington. Her happy place is hanging out and adventuring with her beloved husband and 3-year-old daughter.