Meet our team
Our dedicated, hardworking, and creative staff members make our programs possible every single day. Our main office line is 253-237-3535.
Karen Hansen, INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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Nicole Winters, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
Nicole grew up near St. Paul, Minnesota and earned her undergraduate degree from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and most recently worked for a Minneapolis-based nonprofit, before joining Washington Business Week in 2018. Nicole enjoys working with youth in areas such as leadership development, and can often be seen on Saturday mornings working in her local community garden.
Nicole can be reached at email@example.com
Claire Mannisto, STUDENT RECRUITER & PROGRAM MANAGER
Claire grew up in Belmont, California, just outside San Francisco. Claire earned her undergraduate degree in History from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. She has lived in Seattle for the last two years, and most recently worked as a recruiter for an international summer camp, before joining Washington Business Week in 2018. Claire enjoys working with students and giving them opportunities to reach their full potential. In her free time, she likes traveling around Washington State seeking out adventure and the best food spots.
Claire may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Vergara, FINANCE & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Laura was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a dual Bachelor’s degree in Finance and International Studies. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Public Administration at the University of Washington. Laura is passionate about helping the community through financial literacy and economic empowerment programs. In her free time, she can be found enjoying nature with her dog, or at her favorite coffee shops.
Laura may be reached at email@example.com