Executive Staff

Janis Avery

Chief Executive Officer

Serving since 1995

As CEO, Janis devotes her time to promoting educational equity for youth in foster care through advocacy for systems change, ensuring integrated strategy and accountability, 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 former 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


  • 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