Board & advisory Council

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We Understand The importance of leadership

This esteemed group leverages its collective vision and expertise to break down the barriers obstructing progress. By championing systemic shifts, our Board and Advisory Council actively pave the way toward a future where youth homelessness is eradicated. Their unwavering leadership propels NorthStar Advocates forward, fostering a community where every young person can not only survive but go on to thrive!

Advisory council

We have brought together some of the brightest and most passionate individuals with strong professional backgrounds to serve as NorthStars Advisory Council.

Dr. Ben Danielson

Dr. Ben Danielson

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics University of Washington

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Sen. Reuven Carlyle

Sen. Reuven Carlyle

36th Legislative District – Seattle

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Justice Bobbe J. Bridge, ret.

Justice Bobbe J. Bridge, ret.

Founding President/CEO CCYJ

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Lyle Quasim

Lyle Quasim

Secretary Washington State Department of Social and Health Service (Retired)

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Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is designed to be a blend of individuals with lived experience and professionals with a track record of serving communities with the concept of our Philosophy of Unconditional Care.

Daniel Lugo

Daniel Lugo

Profession

 

Daniel brings a unique perspective to the table, having been a part of the Washington state foster care system, as well as the Washington State Legislature.

At the legislature, Daniel served the 43rd Legislative District of Seattle on Speaker Emeritus Frank Chopp’s team. He independently convened stakeholders to create policy to improve Washington state’s publicly funded systems of care. For example, he developed budget language to secure $1.9 million for the Department of Children, Youth & Families to restructure their general framework for how they prepare youth to transition from foster care and juvenile rehabilitation to independence through their Independent Living Program. He also secured $750 thousand for the Office of Homeless Youth to initiate a process to develop and implement a low-barrier access point for youth and adults from public systems of care, as well as youth who are at-risk of entering these systems of care, to authentically access crisis prevention services through a Lifeline for Independent Living pilot project.

Daniel currently works for Treehouse as their Manager of Policy & Government Relations. During the 2023 legislative session, he and his team were able to fully pass the organization’s legislative agenda which included: $2.2m to expand Treehouse’s Graduation Success program to middle schools statewide; $920k to fund Education Advocates who serve highly-mobile foster youth; $150k and a policy bill (HB 1679) to fund and expand the Project Education Impact workgroup; and authorizing language to offer more expansive services through the Treehouse Driver’s Assistance program.

 

Laurie Lippold

Profession

Laurie got her MSW from the University of Chicago and subsequently worked with pregnant and parenting teens.  After moving to Seattle in the early 80s she began working at a newly established group home (where she first met Jim!) and from there moved into licensing foster and adoptive parents, working with young people leaving residential care, and then with people who were involved with adoption (the adoption triad).

Laurie’s adoption work at the Adoption Resource Center at Children’s Home Society of WA is what led her into the policy area where she has been ever since — first with Children’s Home Society, the Children’s Alliance, the Family Policy Council, and after another many years as the Public Policy Director at Children’s Home Society, moved to Partners for Our Children.  Laurie’s policy work has focused primarily on child welfare, kinship care, behavioral health, poverty reduction, children’s health, and early learning.  Laurie also worked with the WA Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics for many years, as well as with the Mockingbird Society and A Way Home WA for several legislative sessions.

She is grateful for the opportunities she has had to help shape policies and practices that have hopefully (!) improved the lives of children, youth and families.  Laurie is married, has 2 adult children, and 1 absolutely adorable grandchild(!!!).  Being on the board of NorthStar Advocates is an hono

 

Ros Ghan

Profession

NorthStar Advocates BOD Treasurer, Former Deputy Director of Mockingbird Society.  Active board member and community volunteer advocating for the well being of children, youth and young adults.  Co-Founder Austin Foundation Youth and Fitness.