Meet our new Tiny Trees Board Fellows – Tiffany and Keegan

Each year, the Tiny Trees board of directors participates in UW’s Board Fellows Program, which places MBA and MPA students as non-voting board members of Seattle-area nonprofits.  It’s a great way to gain new perspectives and skills, and help build the next generation of civic leaders.  Board Fellows attend UW webinars on board governance, participate in Tiny Trees’ monthly board meetings and a board committee, and complete a project for the board.  This year we’re thrilled to welcome Tiffany Shen and Keegan Johnson.  Here are their stories:

Tiffany Shen

Tiffany is a Seattleite who received her B.A. in Psychology from UW in 2012 and will complete her MBA at the UW Foster School of Business in 2021. She currently works as a Consultant for a Slalom subsidiary, Versa Resources. Tiffany is passionate about empowering the younger generation through sports and plans to resume coaching basketball once she completes her MBA. In her free time she loves playing with her dog Mocha, traveling the globe with her husband, getting lost in a good book, and trying new fitness classes.

When asked “Why Tiny Trees?” Tiffany responds:

“As a kid who grew up playing basketball within the structure and organization of a nonprofit, I am a product of how community-based organizations enable children to thrive and dream big. I’m excited to join Tiny Trees as a Board Fellow because they are aligning with and bridging the needs of the community at large while also giving kids opportunities that would otherwise be inaccessible.”

Keegan Johnson

Keegan received a B.S. in Environmental Science from Elon University in 2013 and is in his second year at the UW Evans School of Public Policy, where he is studying financial management and environmental policy. Previously specializing in environmental outreach and education for Cascadia Consulting Group, he has experience in program design and implementation, spatial analysis, and workshop facilitation. When not at work, you can find Keegan biking around Seattle, eating empanadas, or hanging in the outdoors with his wife and dog.  

When asked “Why Tiny Trees?” Keegan responds:

Over the past decade, I’ve studied, volunteered, and worked to protect and preserve our environment. Reflecting on my past illuminated how important environmental education was in my personal and professional development. I was drawn to Tiny Trees because it provides quality and affordable early childhood education in the great outdoors. At Tiny Trees, kids are encouraged to play, explore the wonders of nature, and experience firsthand how reading, math, and science surround them in forests. I’m very excited to contribute my environmental experience to Tiny Trees over the coming year.

We are always eager to talk with community members who want to engage in our work as trustees or volunteer in other ways!  If this is of interest, please get in touch: board@tinytrees.org.

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