EXPERIENCED LEADERSHIP

Degrees of Change is guided by a committed and talented board of directors that brings together expertise in higher education, business, technology, law and non-profit development.
Alan Alvarez, M.P.A.

Alan Alvarez, M.P.A.

Director (Tacoma, WA)

After a career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the City of Tacoma, Alan serves as Portfolio Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Michelle Bess

Michelle Bess

Secretary (Chicago, IL)

An early Act Six alum from Tacoma, Michelle currently leads diversity and inclusion efforts as a Talent Specialist at Sprout Social.

Bradd Busick, M.B.A.

Bradd Busick, M.B.A.

Chair (Tacoma, WA)

An industry recognized IT and change management leader, Bradd serves as Chief Information Officer at MacDonald-Miller.

Kevin Fillo, J.D.

Kevin Fillo, J.D.

Director (Portland, OR)

An accomplished high-tech intellectual property attorney, Kevin currently practices as VP for Business Development and Corporate Counsel at Lattice Semiconductor.

Erin Jones

Erin Jones

Director (Tacoma, WA)

A lifetime educator, Erin has been named a White House "Champion of Change" and Milken Educator of the Year. A highly respected speaker and consultant, Erin is a powerful voice for educational equity.

Arturo Lucatero

Arturo Lucatero

Director (Redmond, WA)

An Act Six alum from Portland, Arturo is a Program Manager at Microsoft and active in grassroots efforts to increase diversity in the STEM professions.

Joel Perez, Ph.D.

Joel Perez, Ph.D.

Director (Los Angeles, CA)

An experienced college administrator and leader in managing change around diversity, Joel currently serves as Vice President and Dean of Students at Whittier College.

Eli Taylor

Eli Taylor

Treasurer (Tacoma, WA)

A financial services professional, Eli currently serves as Wealth Liaison at Key Private Bank. His wife Lauren graduated with the first cadre of Act Six scholars.