Thrive Welcomes Five New Board Members

Thrive Washington is pleased to announce that five new community leaders have joined the organization’s board of directors.

  • Sally Brownfield, Education Specialist, Squaxin Island Tribe. Sally has 35 five years of successful leadership and education experience in Washington state schools and organizations. She has taught in public and tribal schools, community colleges and universities.
  • George Edwards, Co-Founder and Secretary, Cedarmere Foundation. For more than 40 years, George was a teacher, coach, school administrator and school trustee. He led five independent schools throughout the United States, including one in Spokane and two in Seattle. He co-founded the Cedarmere Foundation, a family foundation committed to supporting nonprofits that focus on education, health or human services in the Puget Sound region of Washington state.
  • Uriel Iniguez, Executive Director, Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs. In 2005, Uriel was appointed by then Gov. Chris Gregoire to lead the Commission on Hispanic Affairs and improve public policy development and the delivery of government services to the state’s Hispanic community. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director, Uriel worked in the state Department of Corrections. He currently serves on the Eastern Washington University Board of Trustees as well as various commissions, committees and councils.
  • Kris Greco Thompson, Executive Director of External Affairs, Group Health Cooperative. At Group Health, Kris sets strategy and provides support for public policy, government relations, media outreach, community engagement and events. Through this work, she has gained a broader understanding of Group Health’s role in communities throughout the state.
  • Alan Walker, Executive Director, United Ways of Chelan & Douglas Counties. Alan has led the United Ways of Chelan & Douglas Counties since 2006. Prior to being selected as executive director, Alan was a farmer in Kansas, small business owner (insurance and investments), and executive director for the Ellensburg Chamber of Commerce. He has been a Rotarian for almost 20 years and serves on multiple community boards.


“As the scope of Thrive’s early learning work broadens, we are excited to bring new board members into the Thrive family,” said Kevin C. Washington, board chair. “These new voices help inform our work from additional geographic and demographic areas of our state, so that we can make sure we’re supporting the programs and policies that will give all children a great start in life. We look forward to their engagement and contributions.”


The 29-member Thrive board is an active and committed group of state, legislative, community, business, policy and philanthropic leaders. Members serve three-year terms.