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Foundation for Early Learning

615 Second Avenue, Suite 525
Seattle, WA 98104

P. 206.525.4801
F. 206.525.4822

General Information:


Staff Directory


Doug Coleman
Finance Manager, ext. 24

Doug C.Doug Coleman serves as Finance Manager with the Foundation for Early Learning.  His role is to oversee the day to day financial operation and ensure the accounting records are maintained in accordance with all generally accepted accounting procedures.  The Foundation’s investment program is also a part of his responsibilities with the goal of ensuring the long term financial stability of the organization.  This is to be achieved through prudent investment strategies.  He is also committed to enhancing the accounting system to accommodate growth over the next several years.

Doug has spent 38 years in various accounting and financial management positions, both in the private and the nonprofit sectors.  He began his career in public accounting as senior audit manager for two local accounting firms.  The focus of his past 26 years has been in the nonprofit world as Chief Financial Officer and Controller with several social service and affordable housing organizations.

Doug graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting with 2 years as an engineering student before changing to the Business School.  In his spare time, Doug enjoys entertaining his 6 year old grandson and driving his Corvette on weekends.  He also is currently serving as Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the State’s largest nonprofit organization providing residential and social services for individuals with developmental disabilities.


Mark W. Crawford

Executive Director, ext. 22

Mark CrawfordAs Executive Director at Foundation for Early Learning, Mark W. Crawford will be working closely with the Board and staff to effectively launch the organization’s exciting new programs and initiatives. He will be responsible for all executive functions of the organization, oversee the day to day operations, and work with external stakeholders to further the Foundation’s mission of “Finding and fostering opportunities that support kindergarten-readiness for young children, birth to age five, in Washington State.”

He is a Senior Executive with over 25 years of successfully leading and managing organizational change and
growth in both the “for profit” and “not for profit” sectors.

Mark has spent the majority of his career in the non-profit sector with an emphasis on serving children and working in the arts. He served as Managing Director at Portland Center Stage (Portland, OR), and Associate Managing Director at A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle, WA) between 1993 and 2002. He also served as Executive Director at the Committee for Children (Seattle, WA) between 2003 and 2007, Interim Chief Executive Officer at Seattle based Talaris Institute in 2008 and as Interim Executive Director of the Bellevue Arts Museum from 2008 through 2011.

Arigin Sakda
Office Administrator, ext. 26

AriginArigin Sakda honors her role at Foundation for Early Learning as the Office Administrator. She contributed her work to support the Foundation as the Program Intern of September 2010 and later became the Program Assistant in November 2011. Arigin now manages and oversees the smooth operation of the office.

Arigin is also a student attending Seattle Central Community College preparing for a transfer to a four year college. Prior to Foundation for Early Learning, Arigin worked for a financial institution where she gained her professional business demeanor and attained her customer service skills. She was also an Intern for Alliance for Education where she discovered her interest in non-profit organizations. Arigin is once again excited to be part of an influential non-profit such as Foundation for Early Learning. She is also currently a member of the Board of Directors for the largest Asian and Pacific Islander non-profit community health center and foundation in Washington state.


Ghida Sinno

Development & Outreach Director, ext. 30


Ghida Sinno serves as the Development and Outreach Director for the Foundation for Early Learning.  She oversees the organizations overall development strategy, manages the day to day fundraising efforts and directs the organizations outreach initiatives.  In her current role, she also oversees all communication efforts.  Ghida began her work at the Foundation as a contractor focusing on the Leadership Luncheon and individual donor engagement. Formerly, Ghida was the development manager for the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas and has worked with various grassroots and arts organizations in development consultant capacity. She has also spent six years as a technical analyst for Washington Mutual Bank.  Ghida has worked for children throughout her career, as a caregiver, camp counselor and teacher’s assistant at Lake Washington’s School district.   She has a degree in English from UCLA and M.F.A from the University of Washington.



Aileen Marie Tubo
Program Associate, ext. 31

Aileen Marie

Aileen Marie Tubo joined the Foundation for Early Learning family as a Program Intern and is now our Program Associate. She is a University of Washington graduate and recently completed her Master’s in Social Work and a certificate in nonprofit management from the Evan’s School of Public Affairs. Aileen Marie comes in with extensive experience working directly with diverse communities, especially with students and families of color. She is passionate in empowering and assisting students of color in advancing in their academics and careers. This passion stems from her own experience with the public education system as a student of color and the first person in her family to complete college in the U.S.. She became involved in the early learning field after realizing that the path to a successful future begins with engaging children at birth.


On her free time, she enjoys singing karaoke, cooking, baking, and watching re-runs of her all-time favorite show, Friends. Aileen Marie is excited to gain experience and learn more about working in the nonprofit sector.


Susan Yang

Program Manager, ext. 28

SusanAs Program Manager, Susan Yang oversees the day-to-day grant activities of the Foundation, specifically she supports the Early Learning Public Library Partnership and the Native American Early Learning Initiative.

Susan brings over 15 years of experience working in the early learning, education and human services fields. This includes work in the public, for-profit and non-for-profit sectors. Susan has worked on both the development and implementation of programs and policy. She also has experience working in community development lending.

Susan holds a master's degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor's degree in international studies and sociology from Northwestern University.


Francis Nguyen

Program Outreach Intern, ext. 21


Francis Nguyen is currently the Program Outreach Intern at the Foundation for Early Learning.  She will be helping the organization implement the new outreach program – a statewide tour of the STEM UNI:  A Portable Reading Room.  She will manage the deployment schedule as well as UNI materials and activities to ensure the children and parents have a meaningful experience encouraging them to continue early learning, especially STEM learning.  

Francis has a strong interest in STEM education and is originally from Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a minor in Biology from the University of Houston.  After graduating, she moved to Seattle and was an ophthalmic medical assistant for a couple of years before going back to school at the University of Washington.  Francis is a recent graduate of the Evans School of Public Affairs with a Master of Public Administration and certificate of nonprofit management.  She is excited to apply her new skills at the Foundation!