Chair, SkillUp Washington Executive Council
Before joining The Seattle Foundation as Vice President, Community Leadership, Michael Brown served as a legislative aide to Seattle City Council member Richard McIver from 1997 to 2000. He also served as Deputy Director for the Washington Association for Community Economic Development, a nonprofit that provided training and technical assistance to community-based development organizations statewide. Michael holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s in political science from Loyola University. He is the past chair of the Impact Capital Board of Directors, Vice President for Building Changes and is a board member of the Washington State Budget and Policy Center and the King County Housing Authority. He also serves on the Interagency Committee for the Committee to End Homelessness in King County and is an advisory board member for Neighbor to Neighbor. Michael is an American Marshall Memorial Fellow and a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow.
David HarrisonDavid S. Harrison is a lecturer at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. Harrison's career has been devoted to creating bridges between the policymaking community, policy researchers, and citizens. While chairing the Washington Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, he brought together business, labor, education and government to devise, implement and evaluate workforce training strategies for the state of Washington.
In 2006, David initiated Strategies to Eliminate Poverty under the auspices of the Seattle Foundation. Made possible by a five year commitment from the Northwest Area Foundation, this new program will assist researchers in developing new governmental policies to combat poverty.
He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Susan Crane, Executive Director
Susan Crane has more than two decades experience in workforce development. She has been Executive Director of SkillUp Washington since 2010. Prior to that, she led Port Jobs, a nonprofit organization focused on economic and workforce development.
Under her leadership, Port Jobs expanded opportunities for job-seekers and employers, making good jobs easier to get and good employees easier to find. She also oversaw the Airport Jobs employment program at Seattle-Tacoma Airport and Working Wheels, a transportation-to-work program for low-income workers.
Susan also worked for ten years as a policy analyst for the Seattle City Council, where she provided policy support in the areas of public safety, housing, health, human services, labor policy, and personnel. She also administered programs for Evergreen Legal Services, the Seattle-King County YWCA, and the New Beginnings Shelter for Battered Women.
Susan is also the public member of the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council, a position to which Governor Locke appointed her in 1999.
Susan holds a master’s degree in public administration from Seattle University and is a graduate of the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University. She is a founding member of the NNSP Organizing Committee. (206) 388-1660.
Chris Pierson, Program Coordinator/Budget Manager
Ashley Plaga, Administrative Assistant