Executive Staff

Janis Avery

Chief Executive Officer

Serving since 1995

Janis Avery has led Treehouse since 1995. As CEO, Janis advocates for racial and educational equity for youth in foster care through alignment of goals within Treehouse, promoting systems change, maximizing community collaboration and resource development. Janis holds a Master of Social Work and Certificate in Human Services Management from the University of Washington. She is a social worker and an adoptive parent of two children from foster care.


  • Washington State Board of Education
  • Child Welfare Advocacy Coalition
  • Youth Development Executives of King County
  • Road Map Project
  • Best Starts for Kids


  • Seattle Human Services Coalition 2019 Mayor’s Award for Janis and Treehouse
  • Evergreen Award, Alliance For Nonprofits Washington, 2014
  • Brava! Award, Women’s University Club, 2013
  • Woman of Valor by Senator Maria Cantwell, 2010
  • Puget Sound Business Journal Woman of Influence, 2008
  • Executive Director of the Year, Executive Alliance, 2007