Board of Directors

Andy Jassy

Andy Jassy

Board Chair

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In his seventeen years at Amazon, Andy built and led the Customer Relationship Management function, led the Music business, co-leading Amazon’s Marketing team, served as Jeff Bezos’s Chief of Staff, and led the creation of Amazon’s Cloud Computing business- Amazon Web Services (AWS), which he has managed since its inception and continues to lead today. Andy also leads Amazon’s Technology Infrastructure Team, as well as Amazon’s Mobile App Store, Gaming Platform, and Web Browser (Amazon Silk).

Andy has extensive business and management experience. Prior to joining Amazon, Andy managed his own marketing business, and spent nearly three years as a Product Manager at MBI, Inc. He has served on commercial boards (Coupa Software) and non-profit Boards (Rainier Scholars). Andy holds both AB and MBA degrees from Harvard. He brings deep experience in strategic planning, start-up operations and growth management, fundraising, performance-management principles, finance, and staff leadership development.

Max Silverman

Max Silverman

Board Vice Chair

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Max holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and an MA from San Francisco State. He is currently the Associate Director, Center for Educational Leadership at the University of Washington. In this role, Max work with school district and education leaders across the country on issues related to educational leadership.  Previously, Max served as the Executive Director of High Schools (and Principal) in Highline Public Schools.

A lifelong educator and resident of South Seattle, Max brings tremendous expertise in all aspects of school and district administration, governance, educational design principles, community engagement, and data-driven educational reforms. Max’s professional experience is deeply rooted in the community Rainier Prep seeks to serve and is an integral partner in establishing positive relationships with all constituencies in the Highline and South Seattle schools area.

Joan Hsiao

Joan Hsiao

Board Treasurer

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Joan holds an AB from Harvard and MPPM from Yale.  The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Joan’s family taught her the value of education from her early years and now she shares that with others through her work as an Historian in Residence teacher as well as a community volunteer. She brings critical expertise in finance and budgeting, with private and public sector professional experience in finance and budget analysis.

Prior to becoming a teacher, Joan worked as an investment banker in corporate and public entity financings and also as a budget and policy analyst for the Office of Management and Budget in New York City where she managed a $1.6 billion budget. As a community volunteer, Joan has enjoyed service roles in a number of schools. In addition to board memberships, she has held a variety of leadership position in PTAs, including service on the Board of Trustees at the Lakeside School.

Lynn Marie Engel

Lynn Marie Engel

Board Secretary

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Lynn has been a litigator for almost twenty years. She started in the Seattle office of Heller Erhman White & McAuliffe and was a founding member of Summit Law Group, PLLC where she practiced for over 16 years. In January of 2014 Lynn began a litigation consulting business, Eclipse Law Group, PLLC where she practiced for two years.  Lynn’s practice focused primarily on complex commercial litigation. Lynn is currently with the law firm,  Yarmuth Wilsdon, PLLC. 

Lynn has extensive litigation experience in contract and intellectual property issues, including trade secrets, software licensing agreements, non-competes, trademarks, copyrights, and patents. Lynn has assisted clients in responding to state and federal investigations, including those conducted by the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Washington State Attorney General, and the Oregon State Attorney General. She has managed numerous multi-firm, complex commercial litigation cases and is very familiar with issues related to electronic discovery. Lynn received her BA from Oberlin College and received her law degree from the University of Chicago.

Ed Taylor

Ed Taylor

Board Member

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Ed holds a BA and MA from Gonzaga University and his PhD from the University of Washington. He is currently Vice Provost of Undergraduate Affairs at the University of Washington and Professor in the College of Education. Ed brings tremendous expertise in management, non-profit board service, curriculum, instruction and assessment, as well as deep experience in community and family engagement.

Ed understands what it takes to create high-quality schools and educational programs and is deeply knowledgeable about the diverse populations Rainier Prep seeks to serve. He has dedicated much of his time to serving on non-profit boards including Lakeside School. Dr. Taylor has been an advocate for all kids for more than thirty years and is widely recognized as a leading African-American scholar.

Bob Kimball

Bob Kimball

Board Member

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Bob is currently a Vice President and General Counsel for Amazon Web Services (AWS), where he leads a worldwide team responsible for all legal, regulatory and compliance issues related to AWS. After serving as General Counsel and SVP, Bob guided Real Networks as the President and CEO to steady ground through the rapidly changing digital and economic climate.

Bob has served significant roles on several Board of Directors including Real Networks, Rhapsody International, The Digital Media Association, and The European Committee for Interoperable Software. He received his JD and undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, graduating Magna Cum Laude from law school. Bob is well-known both for his negotiation skills, his business savvy and his legal acumen.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith

Board Member

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Sarah began her career in education as a high-school History and English teacher winning awards such as a Seattle School District Excellence in Teaching Award and a Golden Apple Award. For the past thirteen years, Sarah has been a founding staff member and is now Executive Director of Rainier Scholars, an educational nonprofit which serves low-income students of color in the greater Seattle region who will be the first in their family to graduate from college. Using an academic and wrap-around holistic support model, Rainier Scholars has worked with more than 800 students to ensure their early preparation and ongoing success on the college prep pathway. Rainier Scholars boasts a 90-percent+ college graduation rate for its students who begin the program in 6th grade. Sarah manages an annual budget of $3 million+ and a staff of 55 employees.

Sarah has served on the boards of Powerful Schools, The Exeter Association of Washington and Strategic Education Centers (a Seattle based nonprofit which facilitates HIV/AIDS education and job training programs in Swaziland and South Africa). She holds a BA degree with distinction in History from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree in Education from Stanford University.

Peter Orser

Peter Orser

Board Member

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Peter is best known for his work with Quadrant Homes where he served for almost 25 years,helping to bring Quadrant to prominence as Washington’s leading homebuilder, serving as President of the Company from 2003 through 2010. In October of 2010 he assumed the role of President and CEO of the Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company where he oversaw five different homebuilding operations across the Country. In July of 2014, under his leadership,Weyerhaeuser completed the successful sale of the Company for $2.8 Billion dollars to Tri Pointe Homes in Irvine California, at which point Peter “retired”, but remains engaged in a variety of activities related to Real Estate.

Peter’s civic commitments have also been diverse. He has been Chairman of the King County Housing Authority, President of the King and Snohomish County Master Builders Association,Chairman of Forterra and a board and Executive Committee member for the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. He also served as Chair of the Mercer Island planning commission and was elected to a four-year term on the City Council in 1994. He is currently an active member of the Runstad Real Estate Center Advisory Board as Vice Chair and was recently appointed by the Governor to serve on the Washington State Affordable Housing Advisory Board.


Peter attended the University of Puget Sound where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Natural Science, the University of Washington where he earned a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and finally is a graduate of the Stanford University Executive Management Program.

 

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