SEATTLE — Mary Egan, senior vice president of Global Strategy at Starbucks, has been named to the Thrive by Five Washington Board of Directors. Thrive is the state’s non‐profit public‐private partnership for early learning.
Egan holds a MBA from Columbia University and a master’s degree in education from Bank Street Graduate School of Education. Priority to getting her MBA, she taught math at a public junior high school in Harlem.
“As someone with a background in both education and business, I know that one of the highest returns on investment for our society is an investment in early childhood,” Egan said. “I am proud to support the pioneering work of Thrive by Five Washington in its efforts to support parents, families and communities nurturing young children during this pivotal period of learning and development.”
Key work for Thrive includes:
- Working closely with the state Department of Early Learning and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to lead the creation of a statewide early learning system that supports children from birth through third grade;
- raising private funds for and administering the state’s Home Visiting Services Account, a portfolio of private, state and federal dollars created by the state Legislature to fund proven and promising home visiting programs for at‐risk families throughout the state; and
- leading the statewide “Love. Talk. Play.” campaign to help parents better understand why the first years of life are so important and how they can best support their children.
The 25‐member Thrive board is an active and committed group of state, community, business and philanthropic leaders, many of whom helped create Thrive. Members serve three‐year terms. The board is currently co‐chaired by Gov. Christine Gregoire and Jackie Bezos of the Bezos Family Foundation. Nina Auerbach is president & CEO of Thrive by Five Washington. See a full board list.