BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Andy Jassy
Chair

Andy Jassy is CEO of Amazon Web Services (AWS), the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. Having led AWS since its inception, he’s managed an inventive and nimble team that has delivered infrastructure and application services used by millions of startup, enterprise, and government customers around the world.  Andy joined Amazon in 1997. Prior to founding AWS, he held various leadership roles across the company. He serves as a Commissioner on the National Security Commission for AI, on the Trust of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Board of Trustees for Rainier Scholars, and as chair of Rainier Prep’s Board of Directors. He has an AB from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He brings deep experience in strategic planning, start-up operations and growth management, fundraising, performance-management principles, finance, and staff leadership development.  

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Bob Kimball
Secretary

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 RealNetworks as the President and CEO to solid ground through the rapidly-changing digital and economic climate. Bob has served on several Boards of Directors, including RealNetworks, 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.

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Ed Taylor
Trustee

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 mission-driven non-profit boards, including Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club and Rainier Scholars. Dr. Taylor has been an advocate for all kids, and particularly the most underserved, for more than thirty years and is widely recognized as a leading African-American scholar.  

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Sarah Smith
Trustee

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, and helping to build a highly successful 9th and 10th grade academy model program at Nathan Hale High School. Sarah recently joined Stand for Children’s Washington Center for High School Success as a coach and advocate, working with 9th grade teams across the state to increase freshman on-track rates, and ultimately, to impact high school graduation rates and college readiness outcomes across those populations most typically marginalized. Previously, Sarah spent 20 years as a founding staff member and Executive Director of Rainier Scholars, an educational nonprofit which serves low-income students of color in the greater Seattle region who strive to be the first in their family to graduate from college. Using an academic and wrap-around holistic support model, Rainier Scholars works with students to ensure their early preparation and ongoing success on the college prep pathway. Rainier Scholars consistently achieved a 90-percent+ college graduation rate for its students who begin the program in 5th grade. Sarah managed an annual budget of $4 million+ and a staff of 55 full and part-time 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.

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Peter Orser
Trustee

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, and serving as President of the company from 2003 through 2010.  He assumed the role of President and CEO of the Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company in October 2010, where he oversaw five different homebuilding operations across the country.  Under his leadership in 2014, Weyerhaeuser completed the successful sale of the company, at which point Peter “retired,” but he remains engaged in a variety of activities related to creating more housing choices for all. 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.  

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Sean Boyle
Treasurer

Sean is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Splunk, Inc., bringing more than 25 years of finance and capital markets experience, an extensive background in financial planning and operations, management and strategy, and a deep knowledge of cloud and related technologies.  He was previously VP Finance of Amazon Web Services. Prior to his return to Amazon in early 2015, Sean was CFO at Apptio and was responsible for leading Apptio’s global financial operations. Before joining Apptio, Sean served as Vice President of Investor Relations of Amazon, where he was responsible for leading all external relations with institutional investors, shareholders and industry analysts, as well as quarterly earnings communications and annual shareholder events. Sean had previously served as the finance leader for Amazon Web Services. Prior to joining Amazon, he held a variety of finance leadership positions at Ford Motor Company. 

Sherry Williams
Trustee

Sherry Williams is the Executive Director of Operations with the Technology Access Foundation.  She first joined TAF In 1997 and has been responsible for many facets of TAF’s success in its mission of equipping students of color for success in college and in life through interdisciplinary STEM education and supportive relationships.  As a member of the executive team, she oversees all aspects of TAF’s operations and development. Sherry's civic commitments and community involvement outside of TAF have been deep and varied. She has served on the Advisory Boards of Burst for Prosperity and Community Connects. In addition to being a member of Rainier Prep’s Board, Sherry currently serves on the Board of Directors of Solid Ground.  She is a graduate of the Washington Works program, the Executive Leadership program at Seattle University, Leadership Tomorrow, and also the Bank of America Impact Leadership program. In 2012, Northwest Asian Weekly named Sherry “Youth Leader of the Year.”

Elizabeth Burke
Trustee

From 2013-2019, Elizabeth served more than 1,100 mostly limited-income and bipoc students as the sole school psychologist at Mercer Middle School in Seattle.  She currently is a court-appointed special advocate (CASA), helping the court to make crucial decisions in the best interests of children involved in dependency hearings.  She also volunteers regularly with the group Books-to-Prisoners.  She has an Ed.S. degree from Seattle University as well as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential.  She holds a J.D. and a B.A. degree from Indiana University.  

Guy Palumbo
Trustee

Guy Palumbo is a Director with Amazon Public Policy who leads Amazon’s policy priorities in Washington State. Before joining Amazon’s Public Policy team in 2019, Mr. Palumbo served as a State Senator in Washington’s State Legislature from Jan 2017 – June 2019, representing the 1st Legislative District which includes Maltby, Bothell, Kirkland, Mountlake Terrace, Brier and Unincorporated Snohomish. He was Chair of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee, Vice Chair of the Energy, Environment, and Technology Committee, and a member of the Ways & Means Committee.

Prior to serving as the 1st District’s State Senator, Guy served as an elected Fire Commissioner in Snohomish County Fire District 7 from 2013 – 2017. He was also Chair of the Snohomish County Planning Commission from Oct. 2011 – Jan. 2017.

Guy has built a successful, socially-conscious dog boarding business called Roscoe’s Ranch, named after his boxer who was one of the first Amazon dogs.  He graduated from Bentley University with a Bachelor's in Marketing. In his spare time, you can find him taking care of his two dogs, running his dog boarding kennel, and attending music concerts.  

Nashra Rahman
Trustee

Nashra considers herself a Student of Life and is currently back in Graduate School at Northwestern University seeking a Masters in Mental Health Counseling. Her career has been defined by a multidisciplinary approach starting in the nonprofit field with program and international development work with Care International and post-law school as a Litigation Associate for Riddell Williams P.S. After moving to Hong Kong in 2004, Nashra switched gears to the business world and served as the International Sales Director for Zobha International, where she built the international sales business and brand identity for a new brand into a million plus business with a presence in over 27 countries around the world. She went on to serve as International Retail Director and Pure Apparel Brand Overseer for Pure International, the largest fitness and yoga brand in Asia.

Nashra received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University graduating Cum Laude and spent a year at Oxford University, studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Nashra received her J.D. from the University of Washington, with Honors.

Nashra currently serves on the Board for Volunteers Association for Bangladesh and on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the President’s Council of Cornell Women. Nashra previously served on the Board for PEPS – Program for Early Parent Support and worked with several nonprofits including Mother’s Choice and Watchdog in her 14 year tenure in Hong Kong, focusing on Fundraising and Development efforts to support essential programming and services. She also ran the Youth Leadership Council for Mother’s Choice which fostered community leadership and development with selected Honors Students from nine different international schools.